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IBM i Profile Swapping for Temporary Elevated Authority

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Implementing iSeries Profile Swapping and Adopted Authority policies is a great idea for reducing the number of powerful profiles on the IBM i, especially if most users only need elevated authority for specific tasks or occasional access to sensitive data. On the IBM i (iSeries AS400), the Profile Swapping, Adopted Authority and Elevated Authority procedures are more commonly referred to by compliance regulations and other platforms as Privileged Access Management (PAM) proceedures. However these processes ultimately have the same objective, limiting the number of user profiles on the iSeries that possess unnecessary special authorities (or having a powerful user classes or have no or partial limited capability), and then use policies to grant the required elevated authorities for a specific task or need to access sensitive data that is outside the user’s normal role. Elevated authorities can be granted by several different means on the iSeries, and PAM solutions greatly differ in their flexibility, how they can be implemented and integrated into applications, change management systems and ticketing systems.When looking at solutions and specifications for Profile Swap, Adopted Authority and PAM requirements, consider your iSeries environment and all external systems and processes you will need to play a role in the end solution. Some likely features needed for a successful PAM implementation may include:Integration with Ticket System for end to end management or has built in Ticketing abilityIntegration with SYSLOG Server, SOC or SIEMAbility to use *SWAP and/or *ADOPTControl access to menus, specific commands, files, objects, actions, applications, exit points, ports and Open Query toolsControl amount of time elevated authorities are usedAutomated rules triggered by source User ID, Group Profile, Supplemental Group, user lists and command line accessAutomated rules triggered by day, date range, time, job name, IP address, IASP, Program or other environmental criteriaAllow Firecall emergency access initiated by specified usersLog explanation for using elevated authorityDetailed auditing and reporting: job logs, screen captures, exit points, system journal, database journals, SQL Statements, etc.Trigger AlertsIntegrate with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)Invoke Four Eyes principle for supervised changesAfter this process has been thoroughly outlined, identify the solutions that meet these requirements and conduct a trial or POC...
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GDPR Data Protection for IBM i iSeries AS400

IBM i Encryption Data Protection
General Data Protection Regulation GDPR data protection law applies to any company that transmits, store or process personal data of individuals living in countries in the European Union, such as insurance, healthcare, financial, retail and like B2C industries. This GDPR article addresses data protection recommendations for the ...
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SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics

SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics
Cybersecurity breaches caused by employees account for roughly 75% of all data breaches. Internal security threats are usually among the costliest attacks and remain the hardest to detect and solve. Even with the numerous security defenses and controls, user account compromises are still one of the most commonly used methods of attack. Employee awa...
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​iSeries MFA Multi-Factor Authentication

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iSeries MFA provides Multi-Factor Authentication to prevent unauthorized user access to systems by adding two or more authentication requirements before allowing access to the IBM i system through 5250 OS400 Sign-on or other applications running on the AS400 system. IBM i MFA is being driven primarily by increased cybersecurity threats, a...
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QRadar SIEM Varonis app

QRadar SIEM Varonis app
The QRadar SIEM app list grew even larger last month with the addition of 2 more cybersecurity vendors. Varonis Systems, Inc., a pioneer in data security and analytics, launched an app for integration with QRadar SIEM security intelligence platform that provides companies with comprehensive visibility and response capabilities for all data security...
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Defending Against Cybersecurity threats in 2019

Defending Against Cybersecurity threats in 2019
Webroot just released their latest cybersecurity threat report after analyzing data from the first half of 2018, and results show hardware can be just as vulnerable to attacks due to exploitable flaws as the software that runs on it. Meltdown and Spectre were the clear winners, affecting almost every device known to mankind that has a processor. It...
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QRadar recognized as SIEM leader 10 years in a row

QRadar recognized as SIEM leader 10 years in a row
QRadar SIEM Security Intelligence Platform is recognized as a Leader for the 10th consecutive year in the latest Forrester comparison report "Wave on Security Analytics". IBM has made many significant enhancements to QRadar over the years, outpacing its competitors in the SIEM security information and event management market place, particularly inn...
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QRadar App for Cloud Infrastructures

QRadar App for Cloud Infrastructures
QRadar Cloud Visibility app on the x-Force app exchange is for managing and providing security for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud environments. This app should not be confused with QRadar on Cloud offering for IBM SIEM Saas. This free QRadar app leverages existing QRadar cloud integrations that bri...
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QRadar adds TruSTAR Threat Intelligence App

QRadar adds TruSTAR Threat Intelligence App
QRadar​ TruSTAR's app enables ingestion of OSINT, 3rd party cybersecurity threat intelligence, ISAC/ISAO feeds and your own internal data into your QRadar instance. TruSTAR is a threat intelligence platform designed to accelerate incident analysis process and exchange of intelligence among various internal and external teams. This App all...
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Cybersecurity AI and SIEM Security Machine Learning

Cybersecurity AI and SIEM Security Machine Learning
Cybersecurity AI integrated SIEM Security tools accurately identify and prevent attacks in a fraction of the time and cost humans are capable, using security automation. Companies are struggling to identify and keep up with cybersecurity, internal threats and vulnerabilities in a timely manner, which are mainly due to manual processes and...
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The Big Difference Between Power9's Industry Standard Memory vs Buffered Memory

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POWER9 Memory changes and what it means.Our last article was about the primary changes made to the POWER Systems, scale out line up with the release of the first set of POWER9 (You can view some of the POWER9 benchmarks here) servers back in February. We briefly covered several of the changes including the change made to the type of ...
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SIEM and SYSLOG Forwarding Tutorial

SIEM and SYSLOG  Forwarding Tutorial
This is the first of a series of short videos on the SIEM and SYSLOG forwarding tool for the AS400 platform… or iSeries IBM i if you prefer.This first session is focused on the configuration or setup needed to start sending your AS400 event logs to your SIEM or SYSLOG server.As you will see, it only takes a couple minutes to setup up.For those not ...
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