The IBM CICS DSM gives the option to integrate events from IBM Custom Information Control System (CICS) on an IBM z/OS mainframe using IBM Security zSecure.
Using a zSecure process, events from the System Management Facilities (SMF) are recorded to an event file in the Log Enhanced Event format (LEEF). JSA retrieves the LEEF event log files by using the log file protocol and processes the events. You can schedule JSA to retrieve events on a polling interval, which allows JSA to retrieve the events on the schedule that you define.
To collect IBM CICS events, complete the following steps:
Confirm that your installation meets any prerequisite installation requirements.
Configure your IBM z/OS image to write events in LEEF format. For more information, see the IBM Security zSecure Suite: CARLa-Driven Components Installation and Deployment Guide.
Create a log source in JSA for IBM CICS to retrieve your LEEF formatted event logs.
Optional. Create a custom event property for IBM CICS in JSA. For more information, see the JSA Custom Event Properties for IBM z/OS technical note.
Before You Begin
Before you can configure the data collection process, you must complete the basic zSecure installation process and complete the post-installation activities to create and modify the configuration.
The following prerequisites are required:
You must ensure parmlib member IFAPRDxx is enabled for IBM Security zSecure Audit on your z/OS image.
The SCKRLOAD library must be APF-authorized.
If you are using the direct SMF INMEM real-time interface, you must have the necessary software installed (APAR OA49263) and set up the SMFPRMxx member to include the INMEM keyword and parameters. If you decide to use the CDP interface, you must also have CDP installed and running.
You must configure a process to periodically refresh your CKFREEZE and UNLOAD data sets.
If you are using the Log File protocol method, you must configure an SFTP, FTP, or SCP server on your z/OS image for JSA to download your LEEF event files.
If you are using the Log File protocol method, you must allow SFTP, FTP, or SCP traffic on firewalls that are located between JSA and your z/OS image.
When you install the software, complete the post-installation activities to create and modify the configuration. For instructions on installing and configuring zSecure, see the IBM Security zSecure Suite: CARLa-Driven Components Installation and Deployment Guide.
Create a Log Source for Near Real-time Event Feed
The Syslog protocol enables JSA to receive System Management Facilities (SMF) events in near real-time from a remote host.
The following DSMs are supported:
CA Top Secret
If JSA does not automatically detect the log source, add a log source for your DSM on the JSA console.
The following table describes the parameters that require specific values for event collection for your DSM:
Table 1: Log Source Parameters
Log Source type
Select your DSM name from the list.
Log Source Identifier
Type a unique identifier for the log source.
Log File Log Source Parameter
If JSA does not automatically detect the log source, add a IBM z/OS, IBM CICS, IBM RACF, IBM DB2, CA Top Secret, or CA ACF2 log source on the JSA Console by using the Log File Protocol.
When using the Log File protocol, there are specific parameters that you must use.
The following table describes the parameters that require specific values to collect Log File events from IBM z/OS, IBM CICS, IBM RACF, IBM DB2, CA Top Secret, or CA ACF2:
Table 2: Log File Log Source Parameters
Log Source name
Type a name for your log source.
Log Source description
Type a description for the log source.
Log Source type
Select your DSM name.
Log Source Identifier
Type an IP address, host name, or name to identify the event source. IP addresses or host names are suggested as they allow JSA to identify a log file to a unique event source.
For example, if your network contains multiple devices, such as multiple z/OS images or a file repository that contains all of your event logs, you must specify a name, IP address, or host name for the image or location that uniquely identifies events for the DSM log source. This specification enables events to be identified at the image or location level in your network that your users can identify.
From the Service Type list, select the protocol that you want to use when retrieving log files from a remote server. The default is SFTP.
The underlying protocol that is used to retrieve log files for the SCP and SFTP service type requires that the server that is specified in the Remote IP or Hostname field has the SFTP subsystem enabled.
Remote IP or Hostname
Type the IP address or host name of the device that stores your event log files.
Type the TCP port on the remote host that is running the selected Service Type. The valid range is 1 - 65535.
The options include ports:
If the host for your event files is using a non-standard port number for FTP, SFTP, or SCP, you must adjust the port value.
Type the user name or user ID necessary to log in to the system that contains your event files.
Type the password necessary to log in to the host.
Confirm the password necessary to log in to the host.
SSH Key File
If you select SCP or SFTP as the Service Type, this parameter gives you the option to define an SSH private key file. When you provide an SSH Key File, the Remote Password field is ignored.
Type the directory location on the remote host from which the files are retrieved, relative to the user account you are using to log in.
If you want the file pattern to search sub folders in the remote directory, select this check box. By default, the check box is clear.
If you configure SCP as the Service Type, the Recursive option is ignored.
FTP File Pattern
If you select SFTP or FTP as the Service Type, you can configure the regular expression (regex) needed to filter the list of files that are specified in the Remote Directory. All matching files are included in the processing.
The IBM z/OS mainframe that uses IBM Security zSecure Audit
writes event files by using the pattern:
The FTP file pattern that you specify must match the name that
you assigned to your event files. For example, to collect files that
Use of this parameter requires knowledge of regular expressions (regex). For more information about regex, see Lesson: Regular Expressions. (http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/essential/regex/)
FTP Transfer Mode
This option displays only if you select FTP as the Service Type. From the list, select Binary.
The binary transfer mode is needed for event files that are
stored in a binary or compressed format, such as
SCP Remote File
If you select SCP as the Service Type you must type the file name of the remote file.
Type the time of day you want the processing to begin. For example, type 00:00 to schedule the Log File protocol to collect event files at midnight.
This parameter functions with the Recurrence value to establish when and how often the Remote Directory is scanned for files. Type the start time, based on a 24-hour clock, in the following format: HH: MM.
Type the frequency, beginning at the Start Time, that you want the remote directory to be scanned. Type this value in hours (H), minutes (M), or days (D).
For example, type 2H if you want the remote directory to be scanned every 2 hours from the start time. The default is 1H.
Run On Save
If you want the Log File protocol to run immediately after you click Save, select this check box.
After the Run On Save completes, the Log File protocol follows your configured start time and recurrence schedule.
Selecting Run On Save clears the list of previously processed files for the Ignore Previously Processed File parameter.
Type the number of Events Per Second (EPS) that you do not want this protocol to exceed. The valid range is 100 - 5000.
From the list, select gzip.
Processors enable event file archives to be expanded and contents
are processed for events. Files are processed after they are downloaded
to JSA. JSA can process files in
Ignore Previously Processed File(s)
Select this check box to track and ignore files that are already processed by the Log File protocol.
JSA examines the log files in the remote directory to determine whether a file is previously processed by the Log File protocol. If a previously processed file is detected, the Log File protocol does not download the file for processing. All files that are not previously processed are downloaded.
This option applies only to FTP and SFTP service types.
Change Local Directory?
Select this check box to define a local directory on your JSA for storing downloaded files during processing.
It is suggested that you leave this check box clear. When this check box is selected, the Local Directory field is displayed, which gives you the option to configure the local directory to use for storing files.
From the Event Generator list, select LineByLine.
The Event Generator applies more processing to the retrieved event files. Each line is a single event. For example, if a file has 10 lines of text, 10 separate events are created.