PathMaker Group Helps Protect the Power Grid With Policy-Based Identity & Access Management

PathMaker Group helped Westar Energy implement Identity & Access Management solutions from IBM that help their organization to easily administer, manage and monitor user access across its complex environment.

Hear directly from PathMaker Group Vice President, Chris Fields, alongside of Westar IT Security Systems Manager, Dave Adams, on a brief overview of the need, solution, and benefit.



Directory Object Search

Have you ever wanted to perform an LDAP search in a workflow to check for … well let’s just say a duplicate UNIX UID.
In this example the account add workflow is checking to make sure the Unix UID is not in use by another account. The requirements in this instance are that UNIX UID can only be used once in a service. Once the duplicate is found the next step is up to you but in this case the account add was rejected.

First thing you have to do is expose the dataservices model. Add the following line to*

Example Script in Workflow Script Node:

This script node is from an Account Add workflow. The script gets the service DN and erposixuid from the new account. The service DN and UNIX UID are used to verify the UNIX UID has not been used before in the same service. The Directory Object Search will search ITIM’s LDAP as you can see from the search base. There are also a couple examples to get the account attributes.

/* Search the current service for an account with the same unix uid */

var myAccount = account.get();
var myPerson = owner.get();

var unixUidMatch = ‘false’;
var dupAccountList = ”;

/* Get Service DN */
var myServiceDN = myAccount.getProperty(“erservice”)[0];

var myInputPosixUid = myAccount.getProperty(“erposixuid”);
if (myInputPosixUid != null && myInputPosixUid.length > 0)
myInputPosixUid = myInputPosixUid[0];
myInputPosixUid = “unknown”;

if (myInputPosixUid != “unknown”) {
/* Search Accounts within Service for unix UID */
var searchFilter = ‘(&(erservice=’ + myServiceDN + ‘)(erposixuid=’ + myInputPosixUid + ‘))’;
var searchBase = ‘ou=accounts,erglobalid=00000000000000000000,ou=XXX,O=XXX’;
var base = new;

var params = new;
var search = new;
var results = search.fetch(base, searchFilter, params).iterator();

while (results.hasNext()) {
/* Duplicate Unix UID Found */
var dirObj =;
/* Get Account Object */
var mySearchAccount = new Account(dirObj.getDistinguishedName().toString());

var mySearchEruid = mySearchAccount.getProperty(‘eruid’);
if (mySearchEruid != null && mySearchEruid.length > 0) {
mySearchEruid = mySearchEruid[0];
if (unixUidMatch == ‘true’)
dupAccountList = dupAccountList + ‘ ,’+ mySearchEruid;
dupAccountList = mySearchEruid;
unixUidMatch = ‘true’;


while (results.hasNext()) {
var dirObj =;
var myDupAccountID = dirObj.getAttribute(“eruid”);
if (myDupAccountID!=null) {
myDupAccountID = myDupAccountID.getValueString();

20/20 Vision: Identity and Access For The Next Decade

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As attacks become more difficult to detect and defend, and threats
continue to grow, no organization is immune from security breaches.
We anticipate a shift around identity and access management (IAM) as
enterprises cope with increased regulatory compliance requirements,
insider and external threats, cloud integration, and more.

IBM Security threat aware IAM solutions help prepare you for current and
future security challenges with identity intelligence and secure online
access in mobile, cloud, mainframe, and social environments.

Explore IBM Security identity and access management
Join IBM and Pathmaker Group and learn how to:
• Use security intelligence to improve user oversight and compliance.
• Respond effectively to the rising number of identity focused attacks.
• Safeguard access within mobile, cloud, mainframe and social
• Protect against advanced insider threats.
Don’t miss this chance to network with your peers, talk to IBM security
experts, and get practical advice for your own IAM environment.

Space is limited, so please reserve your seat today.



A Sobering Day for All CEOs

Sadly, the CEO presiding over Target during the recent data breach resigned today.  See USA today article.

This series of unfortunate events for Target begs a key question relating to the risks every company CEO faces today. Did Target leadership ask the right questions about overall IT security and the risk every company faces?

Protecting a company from Cyber bad guys is a never ending battle.  It’s a game of leap frog with some serious consequences if you get behind.  With all the opportunity for full-time, professionally paid, government backed hackers to spend all day every day figuring out new ways to wreck a company, the priority for combating this enemy needs to be pretty high on the list for every CIO and CEO.  But it’s not just about spending all the money you can afford to spend.  It’s about understanding where to spend the money on the right technology.

How do leaders responsible for protecting a company sort out all the noise from the real threats?  This has become a constant exercise in analyzing risk and applying financial priorities accordingly.

As fast as the bad guys are coming up with new ways to exploit a target, new innovative minds are working to counter their moves.  Many of these great technologies are being folded into a portfolio of products and solutions that can be layered across an enterprise to protect and prevent the latest threats from creating the worst kind of headlines.

IBM has been on a major buying spree for the last several years snapping up some of the best and brightest technologies and resources across the globe.  They are quickly assembling an array of tools that are being shaped into the worlds best security risk analysis platform.  By leveraging this risk-based assessment direction, IT leaders can depend on technologies that will not only provide the intelligence about where to address risk, but can be assured that these technologies are probably the best that money can buy.

IBM is currently the third largest security company in the world with the goal of being the largest and the best.  As a Premier IBM Business Partner, we see this investment first hand.  See ComputerWorld’s perspective.

PathMaker Group serves our customers by planning, implementing, and managing these security solutions across the enterprise.  IT Security is a rapidly changing, complex business and our partnership with IBM helps us keep our customers one step ahead of the bad guys.

Have you had your Security Wellness Check?…

So you think your organization is secure . . . think again! IBM X-Force 2013 mid-year report says that many of the breaches recently reported were a result of “poorly applied security fundamentals and policies and could have been mitigated by putting some basic security hygiene into practice.” Covering the basics is exactly what we help companies achieve through our “SecurePath” 16 domain rapid security assessment. In one week we can review your security posture, cover all your bases and help you prioritize the big security gaps in your environment.

Identity and Access Management Best Practices Webinar

How Levi leveraged Identity Management infrastructure to enable “just in time” fully automated privileged system access

Presented by:

  • Chuck Lankford, Global Director of Security at Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Chris Fields, Vice President of Security Strategy, PathMaker Group
  • Ravi Srinivasan, Director of IBM Security, Strategy, and Product Management

In our 50 minute webinar you will:

  • Learn about the latest market trends in Identity and Access Management
  • See why the IBM IAM Suite is one of the hottest sellers in the last six months
  • See what’s new with the IBM IAM Suite including upcoming features and capabilities
  • Hear what customers are buying and why
  • Learn the five most common benefits from a robust IAM infrastructure
  • Learn about best practices for implementing provisioning, access management, federation
  • Hear customer use cases and their key business drivers for IAM


About the key presenter, Chuck Lankford:

Chuck is the Director of Global Information Security for Levi Strauss & Co. and has responsibility for protecting LS&Co. from threats to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of LS&CO systems, information and infrastructure. Chuck has been with LS&Co. more than 10 years has served in global IT leadership roles for 17 years. Prior to joining LS&Co. Chuck was Director of Global Networking for network products manufacturer 3Com (Santa Clara, CA) where he architected and managed 3Com’s global voice, data and video networks. Chuck holds numerous certifications including Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Risk Consultant (CISRC).test


About Chris Fields:

Chris has held his CISSP certification since 2003 and is the Identity Management Architect & Visionary responsible for setting the strategic direction and architecture approach for all of our IBM identity and access management projects. He is also responsible for managing partner relationships with identity management vendors. Chris’ love of technology makes everything about his job enjoyable. Mentoring and expanding the technical skill sets of his employees is the most enjoyable aspect of his daily activities. Equally enjoyable is the time spent helping clients to understand the industry and discuss viable options for them to begin and mature their identity and access management infrastructures.

Ravi_SrinivasanAbout Ravi Srinivasan:

Ravi manages the IBM identity, access and mainframe security portfolio strategy and product management based in Austin, Texas. He has over 15 years of experience in product management, market strategy, and development in software and services industries. Ravi meets and consults with senior management, lines of business owners and IT operations management around the world on their key security, risk, and compliance initiatives. He’s also a frequent speaker at trade, analyst conferences and customer events to share a worldwide customer perspective and insights on secure mobile, cloud and social business transformations. Ravi mentors several security services practitioners and product managers to develop practical solution approach to changing security, risk and compliance needs.

7th Stage (Security) of IS growth, Part II

A little background:

Now that you’ve been in the CIO’s position for your first quarter, it is time to prepare for your first review with the board of directors.  The agenda for the IS presentation will cover key factors that you discovered in your operations, your accomplishments and your plans for the next year.  Since this is the quarter for your next year’s budget, it should contain the funding needed to accomplish the IS plan.

One of the key factors in the review of your operations was discovering the lack of security focus and non-compliance issues that made the operations vulnerable to unwanted intrusion in your network.  Listed in your accomplishments is the Security Assessment study and recommendations provided by PathMaker Group when you engaged them for a study of your IS environment.  One of their recommendations was to deploy IBM’s Security products for managing Identify and Application Access in your enterprise network.  This is an important undertaking as your company will replace the outdated security monitoring with IBM’s Showcase Solution to keep unwanted intruders out while making it easier for the authorized users to have easy access to their applications.  As a result of PathMaker Group’s findings and recommendations, you asked them to submit a proposal for the corrective solution using IBM Security Products and PMG Professional Services to deploy them in your IS Network.

This section of your review was very well received by the board of directors and they gave you the approval to get started.

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TDI Null Entries

Tivoli Directory Integrator is a powerful tool that we often use as part of an ITIM migration or rollout. What makes it great is its unique ability to translate data from one source of almost any type into another. It really doesn’t matter if you’re using something as a primitive XLS maintained manually by HR or a complex set of relational databases. TDI can get the data, do any number of out of the box or even custom translations that are necessary to get your data into the form you want it.

Through this data “smoothing” process there will inevitably be some odd-ball data that you find. Whether it is a random string value when you expected a Boolean true/false or a legacy attribute that’s only assigned to 25% of the objects you’re migrating.

And then there’s the “null” entry, which will come up often as well. Null values are pesky because we don’t always know why they’re there, sometimes it’s important that the attribute is moved over whether there is a value assigned or not. Other times we want to clean up our data while we’re moving it, and pull out all any attributes assigned with no value. Luckily for us, TDI has a feature built in to assist with this. Read more

Dallas PCI Event – April 9th

Best Practices for Protecting Payment Card Data (PCI) to help ensure compliance and reduce risk.

Event Overview

News headlines about the increasing frequency of stolen information and identity theft have focused awareness on data security and privacy breaches—and their consequences.

Payment card use is widespread today.  Along with growing global use, the industry has experienced a troubling increase in incidents of financial fraud. In response, the leading  payment card companies
worked together to develop a set of technical and operational requirements designed to protect cardholder data, commonly referred to as PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).

Recent high profile data thefts, along with industry statistics, indicate significant work remains to be done in most organizations to implement PCI DSS.

Topics to be covered:

•Current trends, issues and concerns around sensitive data security
• PCI and the changing Threatscape
• Looking beyond the compliance checkbox
• The future of the PCI-DSS
• What can be done to harden defenses against the exploitation of privileged users, unauthorized access and information-related vulnerabilities
•How to create a centralized data security platform 

Date: April 9th, 2013
IBM Technology Exploration Center (TEC)
1503 LBJ Freeway (Luna and 635), 5th Floor
Dallas, TX 75234-6059
8:30am – 11:00am

8:30 am         Breakfast and Registration

8:45 am          Welcome and Introduction

9:00 am          Keynote – Christian Nielsen, Pathmaker

10:00 am        Keynote – Michael Murphy, IBM

11:00 am        Closing Remarks

Christian Nielsen, Ph.D., PCI-QSACN

PathMaker Group

Christian has over 30 years of experience in security and networking technology. He has earned advanced degrees in Information Systems while staying active in the corporate world. In addition to his corporate career, Christian is training the next generation of master’s degree students in cyber security. Over the last several years, he has worked to assist business clients prevent and remediate the many security and compliance challenges they face.

MMMichael Murphy

Worldwide Solution Architect
Data Governance Center of Excellence

Mike Murphy is a Worldwide Solution Architect for the Data Governance Center of Excellence specializing in  real-time database protection solutions for reducing risk, simplifying compliance and lowering audit costs.
Over the last six years, Mike has worked with hundreds of customers conducting risk assessments and proposing technology solutions to protect against data breaches, and to ensure adherence to regulatory data protection standards such as HIPAA HITECH, PCI-DSS & SOX 404.

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