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:


Thursday, May 17, 2018           *** 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 **




     Robert S. Hansel, RSH Consulting

Understanding z/OS Cryptography

     Greg Thomason, ASPG

RACF Update

          Julie Bergh, IBM





Job Entry Subsystem 2 (JES2) manages the batch environment in most mainframes. This presentation provides an introduction to JES2 and how RACF is used to protect it. We will discuss batch job logons and tokens. The presentation will also cover the RACF classes and profiles for SURROGAT, PROPCNTL, NODES, JESINPUT, JESJOBS, JESSPOOL, and WRITER.


Understanding z/OS Cryptography

This 1-hour course is designed to familiarize IT professionals with the basic concepts of cryptography. Cryptography – the encrypting and decrypting of information that is deemed to be private and confidential – is an extremely important component of an organization’s security program. It provides an additional level of security should an intruder breach other aspects of your security system. This abridged course will discuss various cryptographic standards for today’s data center.


RACF Update

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



Greg Thomason, ASPG

Greg Thomason, an IT professional since 1998, has an extensive background in z/OS operations, systems security, cryptographic systems, and enterprise data storage management. In his years of service, Greg has assisted dozens of Fortune 1000 companies and their employees with the implementation of and training for cryptographic systems. Along with many other endeavors, Greg has collaborated with the premier architects of large-systems cryptography, partnered with the authors of GnuPG, contributed to IBM Systems Magazine, and been a featured speaker at the SHARE technology conference.


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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