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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 24, 2020

job scheduler auditing

Changes to the job scheduler can not be traced. We need some kind of journaling to be able to see what changed, by whom and when.


Use Case:

Internal audit want to know why job schedule entries have been setup and/or removed/changed.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
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    Apr 13, 2021

    Steve Bradshaw's duplicate RFE, which he excerpted in a previous Comment, can be viewed at this link:

    https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID=149015

  • Guest
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    Mar 15, 2021

    Hi Frank,

    I missed this RFE and submitted a duplicate, I hope you don't mind but I wanted to add the information from my RFE as a comment on here to help IBM understand more about the importance of this issue.

    Best wishes, Steve
    Steve Bradshaw
    IBM Champion, Member of CEAC & Techincal Director i-UG.co.uk


    Description:
    Currently, auditing of the Basic IBM i does not give you details of what was actually added, changed or removed in the System Audit Journal.

    Whilst you can enable auditing on the QDFTJOBSCD object and the commands that influence it, as described in the following two links https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/6245364
    https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/tracking-changes-job-scheduler

    This does not give you a consistent and canonical record that you can present to an external auditor or SIEM.

    Use Case:
    An Auditor or SEIM wants to track the changes made to the Job Scheduler, they would want to know not only that the change was made but also the before and after images of the Job Scheduled Entry so they could see changed not only to the command being run but also changes to the Job Scheduled Entry itself.

    Business justification:
    Given that control of tasks in the Job Scheduler could affect data integrity or be used to as a vector for unauthorised data access, this improved level of auditing would address this need.

  • Guest
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    Mar 15, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
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    Dec 3, 2020

    Yes.

  • Guest
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    Oct 26, 2020

    Hi Rudi, yes it is WRKJOBSCDE I am talking about.
    Good to know the Advanced Job Scheduler (AJS) stores it's information in database tables. That would solve the issue (at a significant cost I'm afraid). Thanks for the update.

  • Guest
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    Sep 29, 2020

    Changes to the job scheduler do send a ZC audit entry that would show who changed it and when. I does not show what was changed though, you'd have to track down the joblog to find that.
    Journaling a new object type is quite expensive, and it's unlikely we would add that anytime soon, but if I might make a suggestion, you could easily capture this information yourself through the command analyzer exit point, QIBM_QCA_RTV_COMMAND to call a user-defined exit program for the ADD/CHG/RMVJOBSCDE commands.

  • Guest
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    Sep 25, 2020

    Hello Franks,

    Is this the WRKJOBSCDE you are talking about?

    The Advanced Job Scheduler (AJS) offers the functionality you are asking for in the box. The AJS stores all the data in tables, allowing you to use the journaling to track changes.

    Greetings Rudi

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