Course Duration 3 Days – Hands on 
Course Fee Available upon request (Write to us at
Operating System AIX 7.1 and AIX 7.2 
Course Location Customer Onsite 
Course Code TN470
Group Discount Discounts are available for a classs of 5 and 8 students
Deliverables Comprehensive Student Guide and Course Certificate
Today's leaders face multiple challenges, including the need to secure the enterprise against a barrage of new and evolving sophisticated threats. The IBM business-driven approach to enterprise security helps to identify gaps in your existing capabilities across the people, processes, applications, data, technology and physical facilities across your organization.

The goal of this course is to provide participants a detailed knowledge and hands-on experience in implementing AIX security mechanisms under AIX 7.1 and AIX 7.2. 

This course is intended for persons who:

  • Want to learn what the security mechanisms are builtin AIX Version 7.1 and 7.2 
  • Will plan, implement, or distribute a security policy in AIX
The audience for this training includes:
  • AIX technical support individuals
  • System administrators
  • System architects
Students should have basic AIX administration experience. The AIX prerequisite may be met by attending one of the two following classes or having equivalent AIX skills:
  • Power Systems for AIX II - AIX Implementation and Administration (AN120) (AU14)
  • AIX Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals (AW18) (Q1818)
On completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • Security in an IT Environment
  • Describe security threats to a computer system 
  • Understand AIX Base Security in detail
  • List the AIX commands and components that can meet both the base system and network security threats.
  • Introduction and implementation of a Security Policy with AIXpert
  • Configure the Role Based Access Control (RBAC) feature 
  • Implement the encrypted file systems feature 
  • Implement the Trusted Computing Base
  • Implement the AIX install time options of Secure by Default and Trusted AIX
  • Maintaining Systems Availability
Unit 1: Security in an IT Environment 
  • Define the importance of IT Security
  • Describe some common threats to IT security
  • Define a basic model of security architecture
  • The ISO 7498-2 Security Architecture
  • Understanding Logical and physical security
  • List common AIX security services and threats
  • List AIX mechanisms for host security 
  • List general guidelines for security policies
  • Firewall Technologies
  • Enterprise Security in a view
  • Integrating the physical, logical security layer
  • IBM Security Framework.
Unit 2: AIX Base System Security
  • Understand the concepts of users and groups.
  • Controlling root access on the system.
  • Define the uses of SUID, SGID and SVTX bits.
  • Understanding system wide security critical logs.
  • Users initialization process in AIX.
  • Assigning security privileges to a normal user.
  • Add/Change/Delete user and group accounts. 
  • Setting up a long character user login ID.
  • Locking and unlocking a user account. 
  • Assigning users with ADMIN rights.
  • AIX security files associated with Users and Groups.
  • AIX security checkpoint for security administrator.
  • Documenting Security Policy and Setup.
Unit 3: AIX network security 
  • Potential security breaches in TCP/IP.
  • Check common security requirements: Availability,Integrity, 

  • Confidentiality and Monitoring.
  • Understanding TCP/IP start-up flow.
  • TCP/IP network services – Ports and Sockets
  • Use AIX Network Monitoring tools – iptrace, ipreport, netpmon 

  • and securetcpip.
  • Understanding network configuration files.
  • Why ssh is secure as compare to telnet.
  • Hardening host security.
Unit 4: Implementing Role Based Accessed Control 
  • Introduction to AIX Role Back Access Control.
  • Traditional approach to AIX system administration. 
  • Understanding available roles and authorizations.
  • Describe the role of Kernel Security Table.
  • The RBAC Framework. Understand AIX RBAC commands.
  • Configuring Role Based Access Control.
  • Understanding Domain RBAC.



Unit 5: Implementing Trusted Computing Base
  • Protecting your system from attacks.
  • Trojan Horse Practical Example.
  • Customization of system login prompt.
  • Configuring the Restricted Shell.
  • Configure AIX User  defined authentication.
  • Extended File Permissions – Access Control List. 
  • Concurrent recording of user’s activity.
  • Use the Trusted Computing Base (TCB) facility to 

  • monitor your system and maintain system integrity.
  • Describe and utilize TCB components.
Unit 6: Implementing and distributing a security policy
             with AIXpert 
  • Holistic view of AIX security framework.
  • Learn about AIX security and regulatory and compliance.
  • Understand AIXpert and different levels of securities levels.
  • Illustrates how to configure security levels.
  • Understand AIXpert file repositories.
  • Distributing a security policy.
  • Undo a security policy.
  • Check the consistency of the security policy.
  • AIX security policy hardening groups.
  • Disabling the remote logins.
  • Actions against server tampering.
Unit 7: Implementing Encrypted File Systems
  • Introduction to Encrypted File System.
  • AIX Encrypted File System usability.
  • Understanding CryptoLite cryptographic library.
  • Create and test EFS and related commands.
  • To backup & restore EFS. 
Unit 8: AIX Install Time Security Options 
  • BOS Install Security Options
  • Understand Secure by Default (SbD) Installation.
  • Security actions to perform on a newly installed or existing system.
  • Enabling and disabling SbD option.
  • Login control and setting up a organization specific herald.
  • AIX X11 and CDE concerns.
  • Security Baselines.
  • Hardening OS, Network, and Application security.
Unit 9: Maintaining Systems Availability
  • System continuous availability
  • Understand Denial of Service (DoS) attack.
  • DoS Vs. DDoS – A Basic AIX Example.
  • Basic tools for detecting DoS attacks.
  • AIX host security checklist.
  • List common warning signs of a security breach.
  • AIX commands used to detect intrusion.
  • Real Time countermeasures.
  • Cleaning up the system after intrusion.
List of IBM AIX Operating System 
Standard Courses

AIX 7 Basics

Power Systems for AIX II - AIX Implementation and Administration

Power Systems for AIX III - Advanced Administration and Problem Determination

Introduction to AIX Korn Shell Scripting - AIX 7,1, AIX 6.1, AIX 5.3 and Linux

AIX 7 Jumpstart for UNIX Professionals

Security for Power Systems AIX

IBM POWER Virtualization Technologies

AIX Disk Storage Management and Recovery Procedures

AIX Performance Monitoring and Management

Introduction to IT Infrastructure Technologies

Understanding the Role of Storage Technologies and Big Data

Linux Basics for Users


List of IBM AIX Operating System 
Short-Term Courses

AIX System Configuration Devices & AIX System Storage Overview

AIX Disk Storage Management & Recovery Procedures

AIX Performance Monitoring & Management

Understanding & Managing AIX ODM (Object Data Manager)

Security for Power Systems AIX

AIX Software Installation Maintenance & Backup & Restotore

Working with Logical Volume Manager & File System Administration

AIX Error Monitoring & System Dump Facility & AIX Scheduling

AIX Security & User Administration