PowerTech Seeks Input in Open Source IBM i Security Policy
February 1, 2011 Alex Woodie
Every company should have a security policy. Does yours? If your IBM i shop hasn’t yet taken the time to craft a customized security policy, a good place to start is PowerTech‘s IBM i security policy template, which is available free of charge.
PowerTech’s 13-page security policy provides examples for how the IBM i OS should be configured for security. It also provides some general-purpose guidelines, such as the fact that the server should be located in a secure room. The recommendations are just a starting point, though, and most administrators will want to tweak the recommended settings to adapt to their organization’s particular needs.
PowerTech, which is a sister company of Help/Systems, SEQUEL Software, and Bytware, put the word out last summer that its security policy is to be treated as an open source document. And once again, PowerTech is now welcoming feedback and criticisms from IBM i administrators regarding its security policy.
“[W]e invite anyone to download, edit, and return the changes to us for possible (and credited) inclusion in a future edition,” writes PowerTech director of security technologies Robin Tatum in a posting at the PowerTech PowerBlog. “If you do not currently have a security policy–and a surprising number of ‘i’ shops don’t–then this is a great place to get started.”
PowerTech requests contact information in exchange for permission to download the PowerTech Open Source Security Policy, which is available in PDF and DOC formats. The link to access the document is http://www.powertech.com/powertech/PowerTech_Web_Policy1.asp.