IT Security Expert to Offer Sneak Peek of 2013 State of IBM i Security Study at IBM’s Largest User Conference | HelpSystems

IT Security Expert to Offer Sneak Peek of 2013 State of IBM i Security Study at IBM’s Largest User Conference

April 2, 2013

The findings, to be presented at the largest IBM user conference, comes after a year that saw some of the largest data breaches in U.S. history.

Eden Prairie, MN, April 2, 2013— Robin Tatam, the Director of Security Technologies for PowerTech, a Help/Systems company, will reveal the latest results from a decade of ongoing research into the security configuration of IBM Power Systems servers at the platform's largest user conference on April 10 at 5pm.

The findings reported in the 2013 State of IBM i Security Study, authored by Tatam, continue what he calls a "frightening degree of vulnerability" among the servers often housing a corporation's most sensitive data.

"There’s still plenty of work to be done," Tatam said. "Our security landscape remains wide open to both hackers and internal breaches. That landscape includes, unfortunately, many organizations attending COMMON," the user group sponsoring the forum.

Citing the exposure of 3.8 million Social Security Numbers in one breach last year, Tatam added, "the question is not whether we'll have another South Carolina incident, but when it will happen."

Last year's study found similar reason for concern, with an alarming 56% of users having either unrestricted or nearly full access to sensitive corporate data.

"IBM i is one of the most highly securable operating systems, which can leave many system managers complacent," Tatam said, “This means hackers and unscrupulous—or careless—insiders often have an easy time uncovering ways to access corporate data and server functions. This should be a warning to anyone whose security policy is based upon hoping that nothing will happen."

Tatam is frequently cited for his expertise in Power Systems security and compliance. In addition to authoring the study, Tatam is one of COMMON’s subject matter experts for security, and co-author of the IBM Redbook on IBM i Data Encryption.

In addition to his sneak peek of the security study (to be released this spring), Tatam will also host sessions to discuss best practices for configuring auditing and user accounts, as well as for anyone embarking on an IT security project. (See more.)

The COMMON exposition, held at the Austin, TX Convention Center from April 6th-10th, will focus on technologies and strategies to reduce cost and improve productivity in information technology for IBM Power Servers running the IBM i, AIX, and Linux operating systems.

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 7,000 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


Robin Tatam
Director of Security Technologies
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