Day: May 30, 2019

IBM i 7.4 Tip #2: Secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) changes

Pete Massiello, iTech
Pete Massiello

At each release, IBM tightens up the security of the system, which is a good thing for many shops.  There are two system values, which while you might have set to *OPSYS, the underlying security will change when you upgrade to a new release.  Now, I certainly recommend that most places have both System Values QSSLPCL (Secure Sockets Layer Protocols) and QSSLCSLCTL (Secure Sockets layer cipher control) both set to *OPSYS.  This way, when IBM changes the defaults associated with the release, you get the newer versions, but you should be aware of the changes that will happen when upgrading to IBM i 7.4.  All for the better in my opinion. So, let’s discuss Secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) changes.

TLS enabled and default cipher specification lists have changed for System TLS

May 2019 Newsletter

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A Recap of POWERUp 2019 from the iTech team

Pete Massiello

Well, it has been a hell of a week, which seemed to start even on the way to the airport with getting in a few last minute calls. 

So, how was my week at COMMON’s premier event, POWERUp 2019?

Probably the hardest place is where to start.  It seems like we have been here for a lifetime, and at the same time the days went by so quickly.  Certainly, the highlight for me was seeing so many friends, customers, meeting new people, and spending time with the other iTech employees: Laurie, Rick, Richie, Steve, and Yvonne.  We don’t all work in Danbury, so every chance to see them is a treat for me. There was much to do together, from booth setup, meetings, working the booth, common sessions we attended, speaking, and then social events. This conference, other conferences, our customer meetings, as well as meetings in Danbury allow us to bridge the distance of not working in the same office each day.