The IBM Mainframe Environment for IT Auditors

Course:  MFAUDIT
Duration:  3 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This course is specifically designed for audit and security personnel requiring a solid understanding of the IBM Mainframe (Z-series) environment and z/OS operating system. The class includes a major segment that will consolidate the technical knowledge gained into a practically focused mainframe audit checklist.

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Topics Covered In This Course

System Z hardware

  • PR/SM and LPARs
  • The SYSPLEX - its components and functions
  • The Hardware Management Console
  • Power on Reset
  • Processors
  • Storage
  • Storage Protection
  • Channel Paths

The z/OS Operating System

  • The main functions of an operating system
  • The important components of z/OS
  • Multi-tasking and Multi-processing
  • Management of the hardware resources
  • Processor management
  • Storage management
  • I/O management
  • System Integrity
  • Supervisor State
  • Protect Keys
  • Authorized Program Facility
  • System initialization and IPL

Looking after Data in z/OS

  • Storage Management in z/OS
  • Data format and structures
  • Record Organizations
  • Access methods
  • DASD and Tape
  • Dataset naming conventions
  • Locating a dataset
  • Catalog Structure
  • VTOC
  • SMS HSM

Running Work in z/OS JES2

  • Categories of work
  • Batch job
  • Started task
  • TSO user
  • Application development
  • Programming languages
  • Program Binder
  • Executable Programs

UNIX Services

  • Open Systems within System Z
  • The UNIX Environment in z/OS HFS Data Sets
  • Cross Platform Portability
  • Typical UNIX Applications within z/OS
  • TCP/IP, WebSphere, Domino, Integrating the Platforms z/OS Facilities
  • RACF and Security Server
  • SMF data
  • z/OS facilities such as LLA and GRS
  • TSO ISPF SDSF
  • JCL

The Operators View of z/OS

  • Consoles
  • Console functions and types
  • The Operator Console Display
  • SDSF Messages
  • Message Structure
  • Message Routing
  • Automated Operations

Auditing the system Z environment

  • The Audit checklist

CICS, DB2 and WebsphereMQ fundamentals

  • Relationship of CICS, DB2 and MQ to z/OS and each other
  • Internal and external Product security
  • Relationship to RACF

CICS

  • CICS functions and facilities
  • CICS structure
  • Transaction processing facilities
  • Resources definition
  • CICS recovery facilities
  • CICS security

DB2

  • DB2 UDB Architecture
  • Accessing the environments
  • User Security
  • The DB2 Catalog
  • SQL
  • System Security
  • Procedures
  • Triggers

WebsphereMQ

  • Queuing and Client Server Overview
  • MQ Overall Structure
  • Queue Manager
  • Local and Remote Queues
  • Channels
  • Triggering
  • Dead Letter Queue
  • Logs
  • Security Report
  • Error Handling
What You Can Expect

This course will provide delegates with a focused introduction to the Z-series hardware and z/OS operating system. It introduces all the IBM terminology and explains the key concepts employed by System Z when performing its functions. The optional third day provides a focused insight into the functions and capabilities of CICS, DB2 and WebsphereMQ.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is specifically designed for audit and security personnel requiring a solid understanding of the IBM Mainframe (Z-series) environment and z/OS operating system. The class includes a major segment that will consolidate the technical knowledge gained into a practically focused mainframe audit checklist.

Recommended Prerequisites

Some understanding of IT technical concepts and IT audit methodology would be useful.

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