Vanguard Announces Year-Round University for System z Security and Compliance Training

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Vanguard zSecurity University Introduces 2012 Enterprise Security and Compliance Courses

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Vanguard zSecurity University equips practitioners with applicable knowledge and hands-on skills that can be put to immediate use to improve enterprise IT security, avoid unnecessary risks and ensure compliance.

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the experts on information security for System z®, today announced its latest security and compliance education and training initiative for information technology security professionals. Vanguard zSecurity University™ provides year-round z/OS® and RACF® security and compliance training. Vanguard zSecurity University addresses the growing need for advanced mainframe-specific security technical skills required to effectively secure System z. The training also enables compliance with complex regulatory requirements such as the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standards, Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act and z/OS RACF security checklists in the Department of Homeland Security and National Institute of Standards and Technology Security Configuration National Checklist Program.

“The z/OS mainframe continues to host about 85% of an enterprise’s critical data and applications, making it the single most important host in your network,” said Steven Ringelberg, chief operating officer at Vanguard. “And while System z is perhaps the most securable platform in your network, it is not inherently secure. Vanguard zSecurity University equips practitioners with applicable knowledge and hands-on skills that can be put to immediate use to improve enterprise IT security, avoid unnecessary risks and ensure compliance.”

The university curriculum is designed to teach both new and experienced security professionals practical techniques for improving security, minimizing risk and administration errors, increasing productivity, reducing information technology costs and ensuring compliance. Courses are taught by members of the Vanguard professional services team, each with an average of more than 30 years of security implementation experience. These industry recognized experts were responsible for developing or contributing to many of today’s modern RACF security functions and security best practices for z/OS.

“Vanguard training addressed many of the unanswered questions that I have had since beginning my career on the mainframe platform,” said one trainee. “The training was very informative and the class curriculum was directly related to my job role.”

“The need for System z specific security and compliance training has increased significantly over the past few years,” said Lori Nguyen, manager of conference and training at Vanguard. “Vanguard provides flexible, on-demand security training programs that have an immediate impact. Investing in security training is the best and most cost effective way to secure your enterprise.” She continued, “If you are an IT security or compliance professional responsible for implementing, administering, supporting or auditing System z, this training is for you.”

Vanguard zSecurity University curriculum includes:


  •     Developing Effective RACF Administration Skills
  •     Intermediate RACF Facilities
  •     Advanced z/OS Security: RACF for the Enterprise


  •     Fulfilling Compliance Requirements for z/OS Systems Using the z/OS RACF Checklists in the DHS and NIST Security Configuration National Checklist Program (NCP)
  •     Automating Reporting on z/OS Systems Compliance with NCP Checklists Using Vanguard Configuration Manager
  •     Reporting for the z/OS and RACF Environment

To view the Vanguard zSecurity University course list and schedule, click here. To learn more about Vanguard zSecurity University visit or call the Vanguard training team at 702-794-0014.

About Vanguard Integrity Professionals
Vanguard Integrity Professionals, an IBM Business Partner, provides enterprise security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges and deliver a rapid return on investment. With automated solutions for Audit and Compliance, Operational Security and Intrusion Management, Vanguard enables government agencies and corporations around the world to ensure continuous monitoring of z/OS systems, safeguard cloud computing secure domains, and protect critical data and applications from cybersecurity threats. Vanguard provides 24/7/365 live customer support from the United States. Local support is available as well in other countries.

IBM, RACF, System z and z/OS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Vanguard zSecurity University is a trademark of Vanguard Integrity Professionals in the United States and other countries.


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