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RACF - Protecting General Resources Using RACF


4 hours


The “RACF - Protecting General Resources Using RACF” course describes how RACF is used to define access to system resources such as DASD and tape volumes, load modules (programs), and terminals. Details of the profiles used to provide access to these items is also discussed in detail.


Application programmers, systems programmers, database administrators, security administrators and anyone requiring knowledge about how user access is defined using RACF on the z/OS platform.


Successful completion of the “RACF - Introduction to RACF” course or equivalent knowledge.


    After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain how General Resources are protected by RACF
  • Define, Modify, List and Delete General Resource profiles
  • Describe how security levels and categories can be used to create additional access to resources
  • Describe how controls can be implemented to prevent unauthorized use and access to programs

Course Content

Protecting and Controlling Access to General Resources

Identifying Resources to be Protected
General Resource Profile Structure
Resource Profile Naming
Defining and Modifying General Resource Profiles
Displaying General Resource Profile Details
Granting User Access to Resources

Defining Security Classifications

Need for Additional User and Data Access Control
Security Checking Process
Creating Security Levels and Security Categories
Assigning Security Levels and Security Categories to User and Data Set Profiles
Activating Security Levels and Security Categories
Working with Security Labels
RACF-Supplied Security Labels
Security Label Processing

Controlling Programs

Programs that can be Controlled
Program Security Modes
PROGRAM Class Profile Definitions
Preventing Copying of Programs
Program Access to Data Sets (PADS)
Providing Program Access to SERVAUTH Resources
Protecting Program Dumps

RACF - Protecting General Resources Using RACF 2.4 Mastery Test