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Implementing an iSeries security plan

I just get a new job as iSeries administrator. Our company has an iSeries 720 -- we may upgrade soon and get two machines. The problem is no security policies exist. Now on our iSeries we share product and development environment. Can you help me with some advice, maybe a sample plan that we can use as reference?

For a good set of recommendations you might try starting with the Security Wizard available through Operations Navigator (now called iSeries Navigator). Expand on the system name, then right click on Security, choose Configure and you will be brought into the Security Wizard. If you don't use OpsNav, you can get the same set of recommendations through a security planner found at here. The benefit of going through this interface is that you can obtain recommendations for AIX, OS/390 and Windows as well as OS/400. You can also obtain network recommendations for each platform.

In addition to these recommendations, I recommend that you resist the temptation to allow developers to have *ALLOBJ special authority even though development will now take place on a separate system. In addition, if you have not already done so, make sure you implement a good change management system.

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This was first published in June 2003

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