Today a sound understanding of security is essential for all of us working in IT. This one-day course is the ideal introduction to IBM's RACF, and is suitable for all technicians, administrators, support personnel and managers who will come across RACF in their daily work. It is also an ideal introduction to RACF for Systems Programmers and those training to be RACF Administrators. The course clearly explains the concepts and terminology of RACF, and introduces all the major RACF commands.<br><br>This course is also available for one-company, on-site presentations and for live presentation over the Internet, via the Virtual Classroom Environment service.
Read more +


Attendees should have a clear understanding of z/OS at a conceptual level.
Read more +

Delegates will learn how to

  • identify the need for security in business information systems
  • explain all major RACF commands
  • explain dataset and general resources
  • understand how to connect users to groups
  • understand the dataset related commands to manage both discrete and generic profiles
  • understand the commands to manage general resources
  • describe the audit facilities available in RACF
  • use and explain the operation of the setropts management commands.
Read more +


Introduction to RACF

What is required of a security system?; IBM's Resource Access Control Facility (RACF); Main RACF/MVS components; How does RACF work?; RACF Profiles; RACF classes; Controlling access; RACF commands.

Planning for RACF

Management commitment; Selecting a security planning and implementation team; Responsibilities of the implementation team; Deciding what to protect; Deciding how to protect data; Establishing ownership structures; Establishing who needs access.

RACF Group Structure

RACF group structure; Group types; Data set owning groups; Users owning groups; General Resource groups; Concept of group and profile ownership; Administration delegation; Benefits of RACF groups; Defining RACF groups; Group CONNECT authority; Group profile contents; Group related commands.

Defining Users to RACF

Information on users; RACF user information; DFP segment information; TSO segment information; OPERPARM segment information; NETVIEW segment information; CICS segment information; OMVS segment information; Defining a new User; Prepare to create the user profile; Create the User Profile; Give user access to any RACF-protected areas; User-related commands; User attributes; Classifying users and data; Security categories and levels; Security labels.

Defining Data Sets to RACF

Data set related commands; Data set protection; Discrete profiles; Generic profiles; Rules for defining data set profiles; Naming Convention; Data set profile ownership; Defining Generic Profiles; Access authority for data sets; Adding data set profiles - ADDSD; Permitting access (PERMIT command).

Defining General Resources

General Resource related commands; Class Descriptor Table (CDT); IBM-defined Resource Classes; Steps for defining General Resource profiles; Granting access to a General Resource; Global Access Table (GAT).

Maintenance & Housekeeping

Maintenance and housekeeping activities; SETROPTS command options; Options for initial setup; In-storage profiles; SETROPTS REFRESH Option; Maintaining the RACF database(s); Maintenance utilities; Maintaining the Started Task Table; Data Security Monitor (DSMON).

Read more +

Why choose QA

Dates & Locations

Need to know

Frequently asked questions

How can I create an account on myQA.com?

There are a number of ways to create an account. If you are a self-funder, simply select the "Create account" option on the login page.

If you have been booked onto a course by your company, you will receive a confirmation email. From this email, select "Sign into myQA" and you will be taken to the "Create account" page. Complete all of the details and select "Create account".

If you have the booking number you can also go here and select the "I have a booking number" option. Enter the booking reference and your surname. If the details match, you will be taken to the "Create account" page from where you can enter your details and confirm your account.

Find more answers to frequently asked questions in our FAQs: Bookings & Cancellations page.

How do QA’s virtual classroom courses work?

Our virtual classroom courses allow you to access award-winning classroom training, without leaving your home or office. Our learning professionals are specially trained on how to interact with remote attendees and our remote labs ensure all participants can take part in hands-on exercises wherever they are.

We use the WebEx video conferencing platform by Cisco. Before you book, check that you meet the WebEx system requirements and run a test meeting (more details in the link below) to ensure the software is compatible with your firewall settings. If it doesn’t work, try adjusting your settings or contact your IT department about permitting the website.

How do QA’s online courses work?

QA online courses, also commonly known as distance learning courses or elearning courses, take the form of interactive software designed for individual learning, but you will also have access to full support from our subject-matter experts for the duration of your course. When you book a QA online learning course you will receive immediate access to it through our e-learning platform and you can start to learn straight away, from any compatible device. Access to the online learning platform is valid for one year from the booking date.

All courses are built around case studies and presented in an engaging format, which includes storytelling elements, video, audio and humour. Every case study is supported by sample documents and a collection of Knowledge Nuggets that provide more in-depth detail on the wider processes.

When will I receive my joining instructions?

Joining instructions for QA courses are sent two weeks prior to the course start date, or immediately if the booking is confirmed within this timeframe. For course bookings made via QA but delivered by a third-party supplier, joining instructions are sent to attendees prior to the training course, but timescales vary depending on each supplier’s terms. Read more FAQs.

When will I receive my certificate?

Certificates of Achievement are issued at the end the course, either as a hard copy or via email. Read more here.

Let's talk

By submitting this form, you agree to QA processing your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in our emails or contacting us directly.