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Security through obscurity. If the backup admin is called "randomstring"
and its password is another string stored in an envelope it should be a lot
better than having the most commonly used admin account whose name can be
known just by dint of being used.
Now, how would the MFA handle the service QSECOFR resetting the main
QSECOFR? Maybe there's a security setting to prevent that?

On Fri, 1 Apr 2022 at 15:37, Justin Taylor <jtaylor.0ab@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I had a conference call scheduled with an IBM BP yesterday, and they
brought on IBM Lab Services. The Lab Services tech said their product is
completely offline, so it should work fine in a restricted state.

The tech did say something that sounded odd to me. He recommended keeping
an admin account without MFA in the unlikely event of an MFA issue. Turns
out the Windows vendor our IT department selected said the same thing. The
auditors signed off on the Windows solution, so I guess it will be fine.
Seems to me having an unprotected account defeats the purpose, but what do
I know.

date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 18:31:36 +0000
from: Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx>
subject: RE: IBMi admin MFA

This may be one of those cases where Tim Rowe knows just enough to know
exists and you may have to contact that team at IBM for more information.

Rob Berendt
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1
Group Dekko
Dept 1600
Mail to: 7310 Innovation Blvd, Suite 104
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
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