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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Carol Woodbury discusses the security concerns of cloud computing and provides resources you can check into as you address the security issues of this new technology.


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

These slide handouts are from a 2009 presentation by SkyView Partners Inc. and nuBridges Inc. that examines the major reasons companies fail PCI audits.


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Linoma Software

 

Data breach incidents continue to dominate the headlines, and each episode creates huge expense to both a company's bottom line and its reputation in the market.

Linoma Software's latest white paper, "Defending Against Data Breach," addresses questions like these:

  • What factors create a higher risk for data breach?
  • What technical hurdles prevent IT mangers from using a better solution?
  • How can data encryption solutions reduce the risk of data theft while still keeping work flows efficient?
It then offers recommendations for how IT management can deploy strong security technologies to encrypt, manage, monitor, and audit data at rest and in transit.

Request this expert guide to learn more about keeping your company's data--and its reputation--protected.


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Profound Logic Software, Inc.

 

The Benefits of Using RPG OA and JSON to Store Metadata in the Display File

Scott Klement, IBM Champion and Product Developer
Profound Logic Software, Inc.

While RPG Open Access is nothing new, there is still some confusion in the IBM i community as to what it is and how it is used. Additionally, there has also been much talk lately about Open Access metadata and how it should be leveraged with regard to RPG application modernization.

This white paper explains what Rational Open Access for RPG is all about, clarify what metadata is and cover how metadata is related to Open Access. It also covers how Profound Logic stores metadata in the Profound UI Rich Display files, and why we think it’s the best solution for storing metadata.

Get the clarification you need, request this white paper today.


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Maxava

 

Download your free copy of our DR Strategy Guide for IBM i before it’s too late.
Learn more about the evolution of disaster recovery, how disasters of various types can impact business and the strategies you can employ to minimize the risk of impact to your business by downloading our latest e-book today.
Your free copy of the DR Strategy Guide for IBM i will help uncover the secrets to ensuring your IBM i and your business is able to weather any storm – be it caused by human interruption or natural disaster.

  • How to best implement a disaster recovery strategy
  • The importance of testing your Disaster Recovery Plan and keeping it up to date
  • How to perform scheduled back-ups without bringing down your business
  • The benefits of the Cloud and how it can work for you
  • What to look for in a Disaster Recovery Provider


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DRV Technologies, Inc.

 

This whitepaper is a must read for anyone that is considering moving to Laser Check printing or anyone that has considered moving to laser check printing in the past and thought it was too expensive or too much trouble.

Included in this white paper:

  • A supply List
  • What to look for in laser check software
  • 6 Steps to Getting Bank Approval of your checks
  • 10 myths about laser check printing, find out if they are fact or fiction
Laser check printing is secure and easier to maintain than traditional pre-printed check printing. With a few quick steps, set-up is simple. You do not need to purchase any special equipment and it is very easy to maintain.
Laser check printing can save thousands, potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in supplies and labor, depending on the size of your company.

Let this Free whitepaper by DRV Tech answer your questions about laser check printing on the IBM i.

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PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to every organization that processes, stores, or transmits credit card data. Read this white paper to learn how the PCI requirements relate to IBM i servers, what you need to be aware of when configuring your IBM i system, and how PowerTech’s security solutions can help you meet PCI compliance guidelines and satisfy auditors.

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MC Press Online, LLC

 

The MC Resource Centers bring you the widest selection of white papers, software, webcasts and more for you to choose from and at MC Press we’re all about choice. We’re even giving one lucky person the opportunity to choose their own prize in our “It’s All About Choice” contest for a $250 Best Buy gift card. Visit the MC Resource Centers today and select as many of the FREE offerings you would like to receive. While there, enter the contest and you may just win a $250 Best Buy gift card!
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Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

Industry expert Ash Giddings, shares his tried and tested 3-step plan to successful performance management.

It’s an effective approach that works for organizations that have IBM i (iSeries) as their core platform but the same formula will work for IT teams that need to manage a hybrid cross-platform computing environment.

This White Paper, aimed at IT Managers and System Administrators, provides the background on why the art of performance management can often seem cumbersome and complex.

By using modern monitoring software and some common sense, you can ensure that not only IT but the business as a whole see you and the work you perform as a real asset.


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

While one may think that PCI is a thing of the past and that it’s already been implemented, major breaches (most notably of the Target PoS systems) have brought it back into focus. Some retailers are just now understanding how PCI applies to them and other organizations have started to accept credit cards when they didn’t in the past. To refresh everyone’s memory, here’s an overview of what PCI means to the IBM i community and what organizations that use an IBM i to store, process or access cardholder data need to be aware of.

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Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

Martin Norman, the acknowledged systems management expert, looks at common scenarios faced by operational staff and senior management at IBM Power Systems (iSeries) customer sites and identifies the top ten job scheduling challenges.

This free whitepaper discusses how these challenges can be solved and provides three examples of how companies solved their particular issues through job automation. Videos resources show how you can simplify even the most complex scheduling tasks across an IBM i environment.

Martin provides his observations about what the future holds for the experienced IBM i (iSeries) workforce, and identifies trends in working practices in some of the largest data centers where the “IBM i” is still the core platform of choice.


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Security Administration is one of those ‘bullets’ on your System Administration To Do List.
IBM i Security Administrators’ Guide is brought to you by SkyView Partners Inc. Specifically written for the security administrator, Carol Woodbury takes her years’ of experience and knowledge as the IBM i Security Expert and explains the processes that should be established and checks that should be made by every IBM i security administrator.


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PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

IBM i remains one of the most securable servers, but poor configuration and missing controls can result in undetected data access, fraud, or worse.

The only study focused exclusively on IBM i security found an alarming 94% of systems fail to protect all 27 exit points.

How many of your exit points are controlled? How do your systems compare?

Download the study to find out.

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Maxava

 

Learn how to select an HA solution that will meet your business needs. The Maxava Critical Elements for Business Continuity White Paper will give you important insights into High Availability solution criteria that will enable you to choose the appropriate continuity solution.

The goal of an HA/DR system is to help you avoid losing data and prevent damage to your business systems and marketplace reputation, selecting a solution that is effective and affordable is easy when you have a complete understanding of the most critical requirements for ensuring a successful HA/DR deployment.


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CCSS

 

While no one can be aware of every potential problem that may affect the system, you can reduce the impact of issues by proactively monitoring the areas where IBM i and the network overlap.
Download this white paper and learn how to:

  • Calculate the cost of problem resolution
  • Anticipate communication issues
  • Expose network bottlenecks
  • Evaluate your need for proactive network monitoring


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Auditors are increasingly demanding that programmers and even administrators not be given full rights to IBM i production and development systems. These demands are often taken personally by programmers and administrators who have spent many years providing solutions and ensuring systems run smoothly. Unfortunately, organizations have no choice in the matter. This white paper provides explanations on why organizations have no choice in this matter and why users should not take the loss of privileges as a personal affront.

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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Left to their own preferences, many programmers will ask to be given all possible authorities on the system. That’s because most – not all – but most programmers are focused on getting their work done and would prefer not to be concerned with security. However, many organizations have policies or have to comply with laws or regulations that limit the authorities that programmers can have – especially to production systems. This white paper describes the authorities that programmers typically need along with techniques for determining the exact authorities your programmers need to continue to perform their job functions without having an all-powerful profile.

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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Carol Woodbury addresses discusses the compliance mandates that organizations face and discusses the advantages of using the SkyView Partners Inc. products to automate compliance tasks and help improve their accuracy and efficiency of the compliance mandate facing organizations.


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Use of cloud computing technology as a method for reducing costs is a consideration at the forefront of many organizations. But at the top of the list of concerns is the security and privacy of the data being sent to the cloud. This white paper describes how to ensure the information being sent to the cloud meets your organization’s security requirements and the questions you should be asking your cloud provider.

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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Compliance is not a one-time event.

Some of you have found this out the hard way. You’ve made it to “compliance” and then sat back and ignored all of the items you worked so hard to implement or modify. A year passes and it’s time to prove compliance again. Because nothing was done to maintain compliance, your efforts are almost as expensive – both in terms of person-hours and actual expense - as the first time.

Through helping our clients – large and small – attain and maintain compliance, Carol created a collection of tips and techniques to help every organization address compliance and assembled them into a book The goal of this book is to help establish a security compliance “lifestyle” so that compliance becomes a habit, not an expensive and time-consuming annual project.

Request your copy of Carol’s “Compliance without the Complexities”, FREE of charge.


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Your auditor may not know much about the IBMi but they do have a “playbook” covering typical things to look for during a security audit. In this whitepaper, Carol Woodbury discusses the items that most auditors typically look for on the IBMi. Further she explains how you can use the products she designed for SkyView Partners Inc. to address these and more.


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Halcyon Software, Inc.

 

How to get control of the alerts you receive, rather than let the alerts control you.

When you leave work at night, does work leave you? You know the drill, everything was stable when you left the office but you have plans for the evening. Whether it is a night out with friends or an evening watching your favourite TV show - somehow you just know something is going to interrupt it right at the most important point. That’s what it feels like if you have the wrong sort of alerting defined on your Power Systems.

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

Alerting in the modern world should be a combination of modern delivery techniques, like using “smart apps” with mobile devices and using a sound strategy for volume handling.

Martin Norman, systems management expert, reviews how we got to this position of inefficient alerting and provides 5 tips on what we can all do to alleviate the worry and ultimately get our lives back.


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PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

Threats to your sensitive data are more diverse and more dangerous than ever. Hackers are no longer satisfied with disrupting your operations—they want your intellectual property and other sensitive information. And there's an even bigger threat inside your company's walls, coming from users with blank-check authority and no way to be monitored.
To prevent this, you need more than the built-in IBM i features. Download this free white paper to see how intrusion detection mitigates the threats facing your business.


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DDL Systems, Inc.

 

Download the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR™'s advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!

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Profound Logic Software, Inc.

 

Since its beginnings at the turn-of-the-century, Baker College prepares Michigan students for careers in high-demand fields, including business, health sciences, engineering and information services.

Running on the IBM i platform, Baker College's IT department over time has compiled well over a million lines of legacy RPG code which supports over 1300 menu items.

Baker College knew they needed to update their aging IBM i application environment to support end-user adoption and efficiency. But did that mean chucking their i platform altogether? Learn how the College's IT team found the perfect modernization solution using Profound UI in this Profound Logic Case Study.


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

Does a virus have your server down? Perhaps it’s the latest worm, Trojan horse, buffer overflow or denial of service attack that’s got you or one of your servers down. While one of these bugs may be affecting one or more of your servers in your enterprise, it is highly unlikely that the server affected is a Power server running IBM i. IBM i may be running your core business applications or it may be hosting your web site or running Domino. Whatever its function within your enterprise IBM i has remained unaffected by virus and malware attacks. Why is that?
Viruses and other ailments spread by infecting a host that is vulnerable. Let’s take a look at how IBM i and the applications running on it can remain unscathed by the viruses and malware that are so prevalent today.
In this white paper, Carol Woodbury of SkyView Partners defines each “ailment” and then describe the defenses and protection mechanisms provided by IBM i to ward off the attack.

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CCSS

 

Implementing proactive system monitoring in your IBM i environment begins with planning. The effectiveness of automated monitoring solutions should be evaluated based on the degree of visibility they can offer to potential problems, the time they save, and the flexibility they offer in meeting the specific views and requirements of your existing and developing network.
Your proactive monitoring solution should be able to anticipate repeat issues based on your system demands, applications, throughput, and configuration, as well as provide fast access to information that will pinpoint the cause of unforeseen issues and those that are otherwise difficult to isolate.
For system administrators and managers who are looking for a practical guide to help maximize a new or existing proactive approach to system and message monitoring.
Download this white paper to learn:

  • Information on must-have monitors
  • Shortcuts to greater efficiency
  • Checklists of requirements for a customized roadmap

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Halcyon Software. Inc.

 

By John Fearon, ONCALL Group

This is not about getting rid of IT checklists. The power of a good checklist is awesome – but how can we make sure the best procedures are continuously in place and always ready for action if a problem is encountered. The key is to automate manual routines and checklists.

This White Paper discusses the advantages of automating traditional manual, hands-on management tasks for the operation and maintenance of IT platforms, systems, applications, networks and architectures.

For many of these tasks, missing a step or running steps out of sequence can be disastrous to IT services and the business.

Discover the five benefits of automation and how to cement in place a high quality set of actions, according to a proven plan.


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Help/Systems

 

With big data comes big responsibility, but it doesn't have to stress you out, especially when it comes to accessing partitioned files. You can learn how to adapt to the trends and take control of your partitioned data without losing the ability to query multiple files at once. Download the free Big Data Access Pack today!
Download Your Free Copy.

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Help/Systems

 

IBM i Collection Services provides administrators a vast amount of performance data. Unfortunately, without paying IBM for expensive analyses, administrators are left to guess at what it means. "Analyzing IBM i Performance Metrics" helps administrators do it themselves by:

  • Introducing performance monitoring benefits for SLAs, real-time processing, and end user service.
  • Providing and explaining the top 24 performance metrics and 11 commands to boost collection.
  • Outlining how establishing system-specific intervals, real-time alerting, and system consolidating builds on Collection Services.


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Linoma Software

 

Every day, millions of files are exchanged all over the world by corporations, government entities and other organizations. These electronic transfers include the critical data needed to conduct business, such as customer and order information, EDI documents, financial data, payment information, as well as employee and health-related information.

Most managed file transfers use the popular protocol known as FTP. This is a very aged protocol, since it was designed and implemented in the infancy of computing networks; even before the Internet was even heard of.

Few managers realize the security and management risks that have blossomed in their organization with the prevalent use of FTP.

This paper examines how FTP has become the standard for business-to-business file transfers. It identifies the key pitfalls that face management using this open protocol and how IT can begin the process of bringing the implementations of FTP into a more modern, secure framework.


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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

You’ve seen the “alphabet soup” of compliance standards and regulations. Carol Woodbury examines the more notable of these standards and regulations and compares and contrasts them, helping the reader gain a better understanding of how they relate to security.

Download your copy today!


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PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

Data breaches are more likely to come from inside your walls than outside. Without a way to manage user access, a privileged user can endanger your system at length before you discover it. To protect against that risk—and the chance of failing a PCI or SOX audit—you need to ensure privileged users can't abuse their access. PowerTech's exclusive white paper shows you how with:

  • Exclusive analysis
  • Top 24 powerful commands
  • Real-world examples and solutions
  • Step-by-step instructions


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