How To Open Up Your AS400 For New Channels Without Scarifying security?(Last Updated On: August 30, 2021)
So, you have finally decided to implement new software within the organization. With the IBM iSeries AS400 software application, you will be able to open your applications to pair and deliver current services. Customers’ needs may include data access from a remote location and allow customers to use services directly without any interruption. Moreover, customers can also demand a cloud-based application, and with this, the dream of “access from anywhere” will come true.
But, what about security?
You may start to worry after thinking about security, as unsecured “access from anywhere” could be a nightmare. But things are not like that. Just think about it during the implementation process, and you may get to know that your current strategy and procedure already have a solid foundation.
IBM iSeries applications are secured traditionally, and users need to log in to the application in each session.
Some organizations might have added web services with XML strong typing, but the real issue is — most of the companies want modern JSON-based APIs and to complete digital transformation. If the chosen solution is designed right, users can add some modern security features to the current login procedure.
Furthermore, security start at the time of login and authorization, so managing user identity and registration is critical. IBMi is a proven winner and allows a purpose-built application secured in standard web, mobile, and desktop methods. AS400 is the next evolution of the services in such terms.
What makes AS400 iSeries such a good fit?
It focuses on simplicity while providing specific authorization flows for desktop and mobile apps. Moreover, AS400 iSeries service provider like Integrative Systems provide out of the box support. Registration of clients is possible from the management support or optionally open for public client registration.
From a security standpoint, the advantage is that each request only attracts a small amount of data that the specific microservice needs. So, in the case of any compromise, the petitioner does not get access to the entire system — and get only to the specific data as per requests.
The record system remains your IBM i system and becomes the central repository for all your authentication needs. So, threats would have to cross two levels of authentication.
For our clients, the AS400 platform offer SSO (Single Sign-On) on the gateway and relays tokens downstream to all other microservices. This is a critical difference from other solutions, and this allows the authentication to go through clients’ presently used systems.
In terms of timing, execution is straightforward, and the service can go out of the box so that you will see minimum downtime to your existing system. In addition to this, there are several benefits that you will see:
- Safe user validation with integrated identity management
- The ability to allocate access to services
- Simple user interface
- Easy token management via client application registration
I hope you have understood how easily you can open your application for new applications and keep your system secure. With little planning and foresight, you can stay relaxed when it comes to “access from anywhere.”
With Integrative Systems, you can get comfortable support and services in case you are looking for an IBMi AS400 service provider.
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