Basics of z/OS RACF Administration Course Overview

Basics of z/OS RACF Administration Course Overview

The Basics of z/OS RACF Administration course is designed to impart essential skills and knowledge required to manage security on IBM's z/OS operating system using Resource Access Control Facility (RACF). Through this course, learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of z/OS architecture, interactive system productivity facility (ISPF), data set management, batch processing, and security fundamentals.

By exploring modules that cover group and user administration, data set protection, and general resource management, participants will learn to effectively define, allocate, and control access to resources. They will also become familiar with RACF options that are critical for secure and efficient system operation. The course is tailored for those aiming to excel in the role of a security administrator or auditor, providing the expertise necessary to maintain robust security protocols and handle administrative tasks within a z/OS environment. By mastering these skills, learners will be equipped to enhance the security infrastructure of their organizations, ensuring data integrity and compliance with security policies.

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Course Prerequisites

To ensure a comprehensive understanding and successful completion of the Basics of z/OS RACF Administration course, participants should possess the following minimum prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of IBM z/OS operating system and its components.
  • Familiarity with z/Architecture, including an understanding of mainframe hardware and operating system concepts.
  • Fundamental skills in using TSO/ISPF (Time Sharing Option/Interactive System Productivity Facility) for navigating and manipulating mainframe datasets.
  • An understanding of basic job submission and Job Control Language (JCL) to run batch jobs on z/OS.
  • A grasp of data management concepts, such as datasets and how they are allocated, catalogued, and accessed within z/OS.
  • Awareness of security concepts and the significance of data protection within an enterprise computing environment.

These prerequisites are intended to provide a foundation that will help learners more effectively absorb the course material and apply the concepts of RACF Administration in real-world scenarios. No advanced skills are required, and the course is designed to build upon these basic competencies.

Target Audience for Basics of z/OS RACF Administration

The Basics of z/OS RACF Administration course equips participants with key skills in z/OS security management.

  • IT Security Administrators
  • System Programmers
  • Mainframe System Engineers
  • RACF Security Specialists
  • Compliance and Audit Personnel dealing with mainframe security
  • Mainframe Support Analysts
  • IT Professionals looking to specialize in z/OS security
  • Technical Support Staff for z/OS and RACF environments
  • Data Center Operations Staff working with z/OS systems

Learning Objectives - What you will Learn in this Basics of z/OS RACF Administration?

Introduction to the Basics of z/OS RACF Administration Course Learning Outcomes:

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to administer security on a z/OS system using Resource Access Control Facility (RACF).

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Understand the architecture of z/OS and the role of RACF in maintaining system security.
  • Navigate and utilize ISPF and ISPF/PDF for data set manipulation and batch job processing.
  • Grasp data management concepts and the data set allocation process within z/OS.
  • Define, use, and manage data sets, including allocation, editing, and deletion, through ISPF/PDF.
  • Comprehend the Job Entry Subsystem 2 (JES2) job processing phases and submit batch jobs.
  • Learn to handle job output using ISPF 3.8 and System Display and Search Facility (SDSF).
  • Identify the four major functions of RACF and how it controls access to resources.
  • Create and manage RACF user and group profiles, implementing an administrative structure.
  • Protect z/OS data sets by defining generic and discrete data set profiles and understanding RACF authorization checking.
  • Configure RACF with appropriate options for an installation, ensuring a secure and efficient environment.