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I saw this too and frankly, as an iSeries audit and security vendor, I was
pleased at the way the platform was correctly positioned:

"No system - including 'secure-able' iSeries, as Big Blue touts it - is
ready to take on cyberthreats out of the box. They all require steps for
optimal lockdown, and those steps require capable, technology-savvy hands.
"iSeries security isn't simple," says iSeries NEWS technical editor Wayne
Evans. "The security officer still has to decide what to secure and know the
commands to do so. To say it's easy could be somewhat misleading."

The truth is, iSeries has the best commercially available security
implementation, including the object-level security that is built in, but
the user must actively participate in security and properly configure
security-related components.  You would be surprised how many shops out
there don't even have auditing turned on (QAUDJRN)!

Steven Martinson
Product Marketing Manager, iSeries and AS/400
PentaSafe Security Technologies, Inc.
http://www.pentasafe.com
Toll Free: 1.888.400.2834, x9585
Direct Dial: 1.713.860.9585


-----Original Message-----
From: jt [mailto:jt@ee.net]
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 11:59 PM
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Subject: Security simpler and cheaper with iSeries


Saw interesting the above story in NEWS Wire Daily
(http://www.iseriesnetwork.com/nwn/story.cfm?ID=12034).

Pat Botz, IBM's lead iSeries security architect made A LOT of good comments
about the value of the iSeries.  But one thing he said sure surprised me:
"iSeries doesn't necessarily have technology that protects the system
more..."

I've always thought that object-level security, built into the TIMI, *did*
protect the system more.  Even more, I thought it was built into the
hardware registers.

I hope I'm not starting a thread on all the areas the 400 is strong and weak
on security, but just wondering about this aspect.

jt

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