Award-Winning IBM i Security Expert to Speak on Developing Secure Applications at Spring Conference

March 5, 2014

Robin Tatam presents at WMCPA in Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN, March 5, 2014—PowerTech, a division of HelpSystems, announced that their Director of Security Technologies Robin Tatam will be speaking on the topic of developing secure IBM i applications at the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (WMCPA) Technical Conference the afternoon of March 13.

Tatam’s presentation is expected to include a step-by-step guide to building a sample IBM i application utilizing security best practices for object ownership, adopted authority, public and private authorities, command line permission and client-server considerations.

Tatam, who began his career as an RPG programmer 25 years ago, says the inspiration for this topic came from the security exposures he often sees on IBM i servers, such as wide-open access to critical database files and over-privileged users.

“Sadly, many applications do not incorporate well-designed security controls. Of those that do, it’s often possible for overly-powerful users to undermine the controls,” Tatam said. He hopes his presentation will empower programmers to design applications that go beyond basic menu security.

Tatam is an award-winning presenter of IBM i security content, a COMMON subject-matter-expert (SME) and inductee in COMMON’s “Speaker Hall of Fame” and the author of the annual State of IBM i Security Study. He has been interviewed on IBM i security trends by ComputerWorld and DV Dialog magazine and recognized on IT Jungle’s list of “Top 10 Best IBM i Blogs.”

About PowerTech
PowerTech, a division of HelpSystems, develops modular, automated security solutions for IBM i servers, helping users manage today's compliance requirements and data privacy threats.

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