IBM i Screen Cam Software Watches Privileged Users’ Every Move

February 27, 2013

Latest version of PowerTech’s privileged user management solution adds screen capture feature as well as enhanced audit visibility of “black holes” like SQL and SST.

Eden Prairie, MN, February 27, 2013PowerTech, a Help/Systems company and the world’s leader in security solutions for Power Systems™ servers running IBM i, today announced the release of Authority Broker version 4.0, which includes a new screen capture feature. The “screen cam” software enhances IBM i auditing with new visibility of privileged user activity—including their activity in “black holes,” which previously eluded audit controls.

While the IBM i security infrastructure includes auditing capabilities for green screen commands, Authority Broker extends IBM i auditing into non-command-based environments, including SQL, DFU, QSHELL, and System Service Tools (SST).

“Authority Broker brings visibility into non-traditional environments that the OS can’t easily audit such as SQL or QSHELL” explains Robin Tatam, Director of Security Technologies for PowerTech. “In the past, IBM i auditing became less effective once a user navigated into system applications. Fortunately, screen capture creates a visual log of a user’s activity in all of these environments, in addition to the comprehensive command reporting that auditors require.”

Authority Broker 4.0 captures each screen that a swapped user encounters during a role swap, which temporarily grants greater security privileges to users. Administrators can monitor the user’s activity in near real-time, play back screens on the system, or automatically receive an indexed PDF of screen captures via email. 

In addition to providing new visibility of privileged users, Authority Broker also audits who views the recorded screens. Any time a screen is viewed or emailed, an audit entry is recorded to the audit journal. The entry documents both that the swap activity was reviewed and who reviewed it. This provides a more complete audit trail and makes it easier for organizations to meet compliance rules and regulations.

“Being able to audit who is looking at these screens is critical for our customers with formal regulatory compliance,” says Tatam.

As the leading expert in security and compliance solutions for Power Systems™ running IBM i, PowerTech provides security and compliance resources to organizations worldwide.  A free copy of the PowerTech white paper on privileged user management is available for download.

About PowerTech:

PowerTech is a Help/Systems company. Help/Systems, LLC is a leading provider of systems management, security, and business intelligence solutions for Power SystemsTM servers running IBM i, and UNIX®, Linux®, and Windows® operating systems. Help/Systems software reduces data center costs by improving operational control and delivery of IT services. Founded in 1982, the company has 14 offices worldwide and over 6,000 customers from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Help/Systems sells its solutions directly and through strategic partners worldwide.

Help/Systems sells the following brands: Robot, SEQUEL Software, PowerTech, Skybot Software, Safestone, CCSS, InterMapper, and Bytware. For more information, visit

Colleen Kulhanek

Director of Global Marketing


Recent News

September 11, 2018

HelpSystems was selected by analyst firm EMA as a top PAM vendor in the “EMA Top 3 Report: Ten Priorities for Enabling Secure Access to Enterprise IT Resources” for its BoKS ServerControl identity, account and privileged access management platform

September 10, 2018

Long-time security expert, Pat Botz, recently joined HelpSystems. Botz goes way back in the computer industry. He wrote the Basic compiler and CAD tools for Control Data supercomputers and then lead the development of CAD tools for its AIX workstation line three decades ago. He eventually became a lead security architect for the IBM i platform, and left Big Blue a number of years ago to start his own security firm, Botz & Associates. Dan sat down to have a chat with Chris Heim, chief executive officer of HelpSystems, and John Vanderwall, vice president and business unit manager for security services at the company, as well as Botz, who now has a senior security services consultant position at the company.

August 22, 2018

Acquisition helps organizations better manage capacity and performance of their IT environments