RACF Profiles

In RACF, a profile describes the security characteristics of a user, a group of users, or one or more mainframe resources.

Profile Type Description
User profiles A user profile is a description of a RACF-defined user. The information in the profile includes the user ID, the user name, the user’s password, the profile owner, user attributes, and other data.
Group profiles A group profile defines a group of users. The information in the profile includes the group name, the profile owner, and the users in the group.
Data set profiles A data set profile provides RACF protection for one or more data sets. The information in the profile includes the data set profile name, the profile owner, the universal access authority, the access list, and other data.Data set profiles can be generic or discrete:

  • A generic profile protects several resources with similar names and identical security requirements.
  • A discrete profile protects a single resource.
General resource profiles A general resource profile provides RACF protection for mainframe resources, other than data sets. The information in the profile includes the general resource profile name, the profile owner, the universal access authority, the access list, and other data. General resources with similar characteristics belong to the same class.Like a generic profile, a resource group profile protects several resources with identical security requirements. However, the resources do not have to have similar names. Resource group profiles with similar characteristics belong to the same resource grouping class.

Resource profiles can be generic or discrete:

  • A generic profile protects several resources with similar names and identical security requirements.
  • A discrete profile protects a single resource.

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