IBM MQ, SSL/TLS, and Certificates

MQ Technical Conference.  September 2014.  Powerpoint presentation.
IBM MQ – SSL & TLS – A User Perspective“  (58 slides).

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The presentation provides an overview of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) / Transport Layer Security (TLS) processing and the lifecycle of x.509 certificates within these protocols.  The presentation covers the following points:

  • Business challenge that SSL/TLS address
  • SSL/TLS History (what it was and was not designed for)
  • Overview of x.509 certificate contents
  • The x.509 certificate management lifecycle
  • The certificate lifecycle, illustrated using the IBM iKeyMan tool

By the end of the presentation, the viewer should have a conceptual understanding of both SSL/TLS encryption across MQ channels as well as the lifecycle and management of the certificates that support that encryption.

Author: Glen Brumbaugh

Services (Cloud & SOA) Architect. MQ & Integration Bus Subject Matter Expert. Over 40 years of software development (over 5 million lines of code), design, architecture, and project leadership experience in the financial, insurance, retail, government and other industry sectors. Over two decades of Cloud, Middleware, ESB, and SOA consulting experience and was part of the team that supported the initial release of MQSeries in the U.S. Initially trained by the Hursley Laboratory developers and went on to teach MQSeries classes (beginning with v 1.0) and lead numerous MQ, Message Broker, and related software deployments. Worked with IIB since version 1.0 (NEON) and supported the entire range of IBM middleware products (DataPower, MQSeries Workflow, WebSphere Process Server, Business Process Manager, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Service Registry & Repository, API Connect). Developed extensive MQ software in C, COBOL, and Java and has programming experience in every MQ API. Developed hundreds of Message Broker (now Integration Bus) Message Flows using SOA design principles. Both MQ and IIB installation, configuration, administration, monitoring, security, and performance experience on virtually all platforms (Windows, UNIX, IBM i, and z/OS). Presented both nationally and internationally at IBM Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, and User Groups on a variety of MQ, Message Broker, & SOA topics. Extensively documented WMQ Standard Operating Procedures & Best Practices and a principal author/editor of the well known "TechDoc" series of IBM middleware reference documents. Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. College Professor (Computer Science). Army veteran. Jump qualified. Off-shore sailor. Master SCUBA Diver rating. Eagle Scout and Sierra Club member. Proud father of two daughters (St. John's College and UCLA).

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