OPS500 - AS/400 Administration and Security

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Subject Title
AS/400 Administration and Security

Subject Description
This subject covers various administration and security related topics on the System i operating system.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards certificates and diplomas in the Computer Studies credit program as outlined in the Computer Studies Program Information package.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Understand and apply the components of System i security:

- Physical Security
- System Security
- Security Levels

2. Design a security environment to meet the needs of a business environment

3. Set-up a complete security environment and tailor it to meet a prescribed set of circumstances

4. Have an understanding of security logging and reporting facilities

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

IBC233, RPG544

Topic Outline

Introduction of the System i Architecture (5%)

  • Overview of the various components and their inter-relationships & dependencies.
  • System security levels
    • security features activated by level
    • differences between them
  • Types of security
    • physical
    • system
    • security values

User Profiles (15%)
  • Field parameters
    • user classes
    • passwords
    • specific authorities
    • limited capability
  • Introduction to Group profiles

Object Authorization (15%)
  • Object and Data Authorization
  • Ownership
  • Usability
  • Public Authority
  • Adopted Authority
  • Group Authority
  • Authorization Lists
Other ways of securing data
  • Physical Security
  • Use of Logical Files
  • Encryption (introduction)

Securing the Network (10%)
  • Physical security
  • Configuration
    • securing lines, controllers and devices
    • Protecting your dial-up facility

Security Planning (10%)
  • Evaluation Process
  • Reviewing the security processes/methods involved
  • Determining and assessing risk/exposure

Controlling System Access (5%)
  • Setting system security
  • User profile parameters device control
    • work-station access
    • personal computers
  • Subsystems

Discussion of Object Security (5%)
  • Methods involved
  • Explanation of weaknesses
  • Identifying the correct object to secure
  • Determining the correct security process to be applied

Security Reporting (5%)
  • Event monitoring
  • Journaling and logging
  • Journalizing

Planning and Implementing Security (20%)
  • components

 Auditing the Security System (10%)
  • hints and tips

Mode of Instruction
Class lectures and discussions reinforced with class assignments are the basic method of introducing individual course materials.  Group discussion with real case projects are emphasized throughout the course to help students to put it all together.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
IBM i and i 5/OS Security & Compliance: A Practical Guide by Carol Woodbury, 29th Street Press

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject. 
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments (minimum 2) 10%
Mid Term 20%
Final Exam 30%

Both individual and group performance will be contributing factors in determining a passing grade. 

Approved by: Denis Gravelle