Basics of z/OS RACF Administration Course Overview

The Basics of z/OS RACF Administration course is designed for IT professionals responsible for installing, configuring, customizing, and administering the IBM security product, Resource Access Control Facility (RACF). The course offers an introduction to the concepts, components, and benefits of RACF, with a specific focus on the practical skills that are needed to manage and exchange the system. It provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in carrying out the three primary tasks of a RACF Administrator: managing users and user access, managing user profiles, and managing application and system access. The course develops skills such as creating and maintaining user profiles, adding and granting access control, controlling user interactions with the system, and understanding the basics of data security. It also provides guidance on setting up system and application security policies, researching user and data access issues, and debugging system access errors.

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Module 1: Review of z/Architecture and z/OS
  • Describe z/Architecture
  • Provide an overview of z/OS and its components
  • Explain the concept of virtual storage and its exploitation in z/OS
  • List the different kinds of data sets and discuss their management in z/OS
  • Name the main end-user interfaces of z/OS
  • Name and describe the components of ISPF
  • Log on to the lab system of this class
  • Log off from the lab system of this class
  • Start ISPF/PDF
  • Provide an overview of the structure of ISPF/PDF panels
  • Alter the ISPF/PDF settings
  • Use ISPF/PDF to view a data set
  • Describe data management concepts
  • Explain the data set allocation process
  • Describe the catalog structure
  • Explain how data sets are defined and used
  • Allocate a new data set
  • Edit a data set using ISPF/PDF
  • Delete a data set
  • Use ISPF/PDF data set list
  • Name and explain the Job Entry Subsystem 2 (JES2) job processing phases
  • Describe the general layout of a job
  • List and describe the components of a Job Control Language (JCL) statement
  • Submit a batch job to z/OS
  • Use ISPF 3.8 and SDSF to handle the job output
  • Explain the role RACF plays in data security
  • List the four major functions of RACF
  • Explain how RACF allows or denies a user access to a resource, given a diagram of RACF's resource authorization checking process
  • Define the terms Universal Access Authority (UACC), access list, user profile, and resource profile
  • Describe the role of the security administrator and the auditor
  • Explain the features of RRSF
  • Describe the group structure in RACF
  • Create a group structure by defining appropriate RACF group profiles
  • Define new users to RACF
  • Implement a centralized or decentralized administrative structure
  • State the differences between generic and discrete data set profiles
  • Explain the process RACF uses to grant or deny user access to a data set
  • Use the RACF commands or panels to define data set profiles
  • Describe the concepts of general resources
  • Add a Time Sharing Option (TSO) user to RACF
  • Add a UNIX System Service user to RACF
  • Set up a user help desk function
  • Understand the impact that RACF options have on an installation
  • Identify those options that require special planning before activation
  • Identify a basic set of options appropriate for an installation
  • Describe the use of the global access table
  • Describe the purpose of the started procedure table
  • Define a protected user
  • Explain the use of the restricted user attribute
  • Use the RACF database unload utility to document your RACF system
  • Describe how to map a digital certificate to a RACF userid
Live Online Training (Duration : 40 Hours) 1500 + If you accept merging of other students. Per Participant & excluding VAT/GST
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Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take Basics of z/OS RACF Administration Training as this course is suitable for anyone who is new to z/OS RACF Administration. However, it is recommended that the students have some background experience of the z/OS mainframe operating system, including general knowledge of system programming and data management, and prior experience working with and setting up security solutions.

Target Audience

The Basics of z/OS RACF Administration training would be beneficial to existing security professionals who have experience in IBM Mainframe Operating systems and technologies
The relatively technical course also provides value to Network Administrators and System Programmers responsible for security on IBM Mainframes
It is also beneficial to End-user organisations that need to understand the implications of implementing security policies on IBM Mainframes
The course may also be beneficial to System Analysts and developers who need to consider security control requirements when designing solutions for z/OS based systems
Ultimately, the course helps attendees develop a practical knowledge and confidence in using RACF to design, maintain and audit secure Mainframe environments

Learning Objectives of Basics of z/OS RACF Administration

1. Understand the fundamental architecture of z/OS RACF and key concepts of access control.
2. Learn how to design and implement access control policies through RACF.
3. Develop security administration activities with RACF commands.
4. Understand the differences between RACF objects, profiles, and classes.
5. Describe the monitoring and logging associated with z/OS RACF.
6. Check the security of applications, data sets, and transmissions.
7. Manage security-related configuration and maintenance instances.
8. Develop and replicate successful best practices for safeguarding against security threats.
9. Design and implement complete security solutions against potential security threats.
10.Troubleshoot common RACF errors and monitor system performance.


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