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Support the use RACF PROTECTED userids in the Secure Point of Entry (SPOE)

When we create User IDs in RACF that will be used for Connect Direct transmissions, we have to create them with passwords so that the password can be used in the SPOE record. With a password is can make this User ID have the capability to signon. The password only needs to be known to RACF and the SPOE.

Should the User ID receive a password change in RACF, then every record for that User ID in SPOE has to be updated with the current password.

RACF has a attribute called PROTECTED which means it does not have a password and can not be used to Logon. Usage of PROTECTED IDs appears more secure since the User ID could not be used for any Logon purposes and no longer has a password.

Requesting that the product support the usage of RACF User IDs that are PROTECTED in SPOE.


  • Guest
  • Nov 4 2021
  • Under review
What is your industry? Banking
How will this idea be used?

Many organizations do not want to assign permanent passwords to service accounts, due to the exposure of the password becoming known, and being used without knowledge. So organizations are switching to changing service account passwords on a routine basis.

If the RACF Password is changed then the password stored in SPOE has to change as well. The password change has to be coordinated to occur at nearly the same time to ensure there are no disruptions with data transmissions using the User ID/Service Account.

Creating the User ID/Service Account as PROTECTED removes the need for keeping the password in sync between RACF and SPOE.


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