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Securing sensitive files on the iSeries

The most sensitive files on our iSeries are unsecured (*PUBLIC has *ALL authority), as the vendor-supplied applications that use them rely on their custom menu security to control access to the files. For this reason we have restricted file download capability to only a few IS users, but now we're receiving pressure from the user community to make this ability available to other departments. Is there a way that we can control which objects users have authority to download in this scenario?

This is a common scenario today. The solution demands the use of exit programs. You can write your own (which I don't recommend doing) or you can buy a third-party solution. There are numerous vendors providing exit program solutions today. There may be others, but I know that at least SafeStone, PentaSafe and Kisco have products that take the "object authority" approach that you have described. These products allow you to define the users' capabilities when accessing the objects through network interfaces such as FTP, ODBC and data transfer.

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