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Second Quarter 2021

Dates Course Title CPE Credit Duration Location
May 3rd - 5th Implementing Security for z/OS Unix 9 3 Half Day Sessions Online
May 24th - 28th RACF Administration II 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
June 14th-18th RACF Administration I 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online

Third Quarter 2021

Dates Course Title CPE Credit Duration Location
July 12th-16th Auditing z/OS and RACF 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
July 26th-30th RACF Administration II 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
August 16th-20th RACF Administration I 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
August 30th-31st Using RACF for DB2 Security 6 2 Half-Day Sessions Online
September 1st-3rd Using RACF for CICS 9 3 Half-Day Sessions Online
September 13th-17h Advanced z/OS Security 30 5 Full-Day Sessions Dallas, TX
September 27th-29th Implementing Security for z/OS Unix 9 3 Half Day Sessions Online

Fourth Quarter 2021

Dates Course Title CPE Credit Duration Location
October 18th-22nd RACF Administration II 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
November 8th-12th RACF Administration I 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
Nov 29th – Dec 3rd Auditing z/OS and RACF 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
December 13th-17th RACF Administration II 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online

ALL COURSE DATES AND LOCATIONS ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ALL COURSES AND INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO VANGUARD’S zSECURITY UNIVERSITY™ CANCELLATION POLICY

Course Descriptions

RACF Administration I

The course is designed for individuals who are new to administering RACF, or those who are interested in sharpening their RACF administration skills through the use of RACF commands, RACF panels, or the Vanguard Administrator product. The class covers the theory of z/OS security and also provides three hours of hands-on lab exercises to practice what the student covers in class.

 

• Upon completion of this course, the student will have a strong understanding of RACF and the Vanguard Administrator product, enabling them to apply their new skills as an effective RACF security administrator in a z/OS environment

RACF Administration II

This course is designed to enhance existing RACF skills by becoming more familiar with the structure of the RACF database, understanding system settings, RACF utilities, RACF tables, and digital certificates; as well as discussing security for JES, storage, and programs.

 

• Upon completion of this course, the student will have a strong understanding of RACF, enabling them to apply their new skills as an effective RACF security administrator in a z/OS environment.

Auditing z/OS and RACF

This course is designed for individuals that need knowledge of RACF reporting tools. The course focuses on the logging and reporting capabilities of RACF. The course not only provides theory; it also provides a realistic set of lab exercises so that students can apply knowledge learned during the discussion sessions. Course material discusses the use of RACF Utilities — IRRUT100, IRRUT200, IRRUT400, IRRRID00, and IRRDBU00, as well the use of the RACF and SMF reporting tool, ICETOOL. The course will also address the reporting capabilities of the Vanguard products — Administrator, Advisor, Analyzer, and Configuration Manager.

 

  • Upon completion of this course the student will be able to use the RACF utilities and the Vanguard products to perform RACF data base reporting functions. They will also be able to use the Vanguard Analyzer and Vanguard Administrator to perform RACF analysis, write RACF and SMF reports using ICETOOL, and use the Vanguard Advisor for SMF reports. These skills will help the student determine how effectively RACF has been implemented in their z/OS environment and be prepared to identify security exposures.

Advanced z/OS Security: z/OS Networking

This course is designed to enhance existing system and RACF skills by becoming more familiar with the structure of networking in a z/OS environment. The course explores HTTP setup, usage of LDAP, security in z/OS UNIX, the use of Digital Certificates, as well as a discussion on VPN, SSH, SSL/TLS, and AT-TLS and the differences between them.

 

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
• Explain the reasons for transport level encryption.
• Perform RACF security functions for z/OS UNIX System Services.
• Demonstrate the use of digital certificates in RACF.
• Explain the use of SERVAUTH profiles to control port access.
• Describe the components of network security.
• Explain VPN (IPSec), Kerberos, SSH, SSL/TSL, and AT-TLS and the differences between them.
• Migrate unsecured services (such as TN3270 & FTP) to SSL/TLS protection using digital certificates.
• Transition unsecured services (such as FTP) to utilize AT-TLS, deprecating SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0

Using RACF for CICS

This course is designed for individuals responsible for implementing, administering, and supporting RACF.

• Upon completion of this course, the student will become proficient in using RACF to secure CICS transactions, resources, and commands.
• Three hours of hands-on lab time to practice what you have learned on our z/OS system

Using RACF for DB2

This course is designed for individuals implementing and administering RACF who wish to become proficient in understanding and securing DB2 objects using RACF.

• Upon completion of this course, the student will have learned advanced techniques & best practices for performing RACF Administration.

Implementing Security for UNIX

This course is designed to enhance existing RACF skills by understanding the security functions provided by RACF for z/OS UNIX.

• Upon completion of this course, the student will have a strong understanding of RACF security for z/OS UNIX, enabling them to apply their new skills as an effective RACF security administrator.