Georgia RACF Users Group


General Information:

The Georgia RACF User Group (GARUG) was created to serve the professional education needs of the RACF community in Georgia and surrounding states. GARUG usually meets in Atlanta, GA.


Points of Contact:

Simon Dodge, SiCon, Inc.

Bob Hansel, RSH Consulting, Inc.

Pieter Swanepoel, Norfolk Southern (Consultant)



Upcoming Meeting:



***** CANCELLED *****



Tuesday, September 19, 2017   *** Sponsored by ASPG ***


Location: Norfolk Southern
1200 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309


Time: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.          (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)


Cost: ** Free **



RACF Custom Fields

     Laurie Ward, IBM

Common Vulnerabilities in RACF Audits

     Julie Bergh, IBM


     Robert S. Hansel, RSH Consulting

RACF Update

          Julie Bergh, IBM




RACF Custom Fields

Do you wish you could easily store your own installation-defined data in RACF profiles in the RACF database? Then RACF custom fields are just what you need. This presentation will discuss how to define RACF custom fields for USER and GROUP profiles in the RACF database. You will learn how to tailor the names and attributes of the custom fields to suit your purposes and how to store your relevant information in the RACF profiles.


Common Vulnerabilities in RACF Audits



Explore the many RACF options you can set with SETROPTS. Learn what to activate and what to avoid. Find out how the options affect logging, access controls, performance, and passwords. Receive recommendations for setting each option. Hear how your peers are using these options. Bring a copy of your own SETROPTS LIST to gain the most from this presentation.


RACF Update

Find out about the latest and greatest features and functionality in the most recent releases of RACF.



Laurie Ward, IBM

Laurie Ward, CISSP, is a software engineer in the IBM z Systems Center for Secure Engineering in Poughkeepsie, NY. Previously, she worked for 27 years doing design and development of the RACF product for z/OS and z/VM.


Julie Bergh, IBM

Julie is IBM's Lead World Wide z Systems Security Champion, has worked for IBM for the past 15 years and has many more years prior to that in the private sector. Julie is a certified IT specialist and has a Master's Degree in Information Systems management. Prior to joining IBM, Julie worked at a variety of large companies (e. g., GMAC, MasterCard) where her roles ranged from programming and system programming to IT Internal Auditing and IT Management. In recent years, Julie's efforts have been related to z System Security Migrations and Security Product Technical Sales, and as a result has broad experience engaging all levels of the customer organization from the C-Suite, to Security Management and to front line Security Analysts. Julie has experience in both customer and provider aspects of IBM's z Systems Security, and possesses deep skills in z/OS, RACF, ACF2 and Top Secret administration.


Robert S. Hansel, RSH Consulting

Robert S. Hansel is the leading RACF Specialist and founder of RSH Consulting, Inc., a firm he established in 1992 and dedicated to helping clients strengthen their IBM z/OS mainframe access controls by fully exploiting all the capabilities and latest innovations in RACF. He has worked with IBM mainframes since 1976 and in information systems security since 1981. Mr. Hansel began working with RACF in 1986 and has been a RACF administrator, manager, auditor, instructor, developer, and consultant. He has reviewed, implemented, and enhanced RACF controls for major insurance firms, financial institutions, utilities, payment card processors, universities, hospitals, and international retailers. Mr. Hansel is especially skilled at redesigning and refining large-scale implementations of RACF using role-based access control concepts. He has also created elaborate automated tools to assist clients with RACF administration, database merging, identity management, and quality assurance.



Contact Robert Hansel

 - Phone: 617-969-8211

 - Email: R.Hansel@rshconsulting.com


Advanced Registration is requested to ensure sufficient refreshments and handouts are available.



For those who wish to take public transportation, the closest MARTA station is the Arts Center Transit Station.


For those who are driving, it is recommended you park at Colony Square (underground parking), which is located across the street from Norfolk Southern.


Enter the Norfolk Southern building at the front entrance on Peachtree Street. Tell security at the front desk you are attending the GARUG meeting and present a government-issued photo ID card. You will receive a visitor badge. Someone from Norfolk Southern's RACF team will escort you to the meeting room.


Map - Atlanta - Norfork Southern


For questions related to the meeting location, contact Pieter Swanepoel

 - Phone: (W)404-897-3092 (C) 678-758-4421

 - Email: Pieter.Swanepoel@nscorp.com



Past Meetings Agendas:

Dates, sponsors, topics, and speakers from our past meetings.


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Webpage provided courtesy of RSH Consulting, Inc.