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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Security
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 27, 2017

IFS Encryption

IFS Encryption required to resolve SFTP of PCI/PII data:
• FTP, an insecure protocol needs to be eliminated
• We are looking at converting the retrieval of the file from the Unix system from the insecure FTP protocol to the secured SFTP protocol
• We know of no way to SFTP a file from a Unix system directly into an iSeries database file found in the QSYS library system
• Because we know of no way to get the Unix file directly into the database file when using SFTP, we are exploring transferring the file first to the IFS
• Once on the IFS, we would then use the Copy From Import File to get the records from the IFS file into the field level encrypted database file
• IFS is only a holding place for the file until we can immediately transfer its contents directly into the database file.
• If we place a file containing credit card data on the IFS, the file, folder or entire IFS would need to be encrypted so that we do not have what auditors call “Unencrypted Credit Card data at rest”

As such, the ability to encrypt a directory or the entire IFS would help resolve this problem. I am sure as more and more people begin converting their PCI/PII transfers they will encounter the same situation and would be pleased if a solution was created by IBM to protect this data

Use Case:

If the IFS or a directory on the IFS could be encrypted, it could be used when transferring PCI/OI data

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 28, 2019

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

    There are ISV Security Products available to encrypt files in IFS.

  • Guest
    Nov 13, 2018

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. Once you move the object from IFS into a library in the QSYS file system, you would still have an encryption problem for the data at rest. There are ways to transfer data to IBM i in an encrypted fashion and into QSYS, bypassing IFS. If you want to encrypt IFS and QSYS-type user libraries, you could encrypt an IASP that contains them to ensure you have encrypted all that data at rest, or you could use external storage which has the capability of encryption. There are even more ways to achieve the end result of encryption for data at rest.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager