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Grace Studifin
Senior Consultant - Information Security

As a Senior Consultant for The Courton Group, Grace Studifin consults on a variety of information security topics, policy & procedure development, project management, and mainframe security implementation issues.

Ms. Studifin has over 35 years in the information systems field with thirty of those years focusing on mainframe systems programming, information security, and project management.  Prior to joining TCG as a Senior consultant, Ms. Studifin worked as a consultant for several years with Financial Services and Investment clients.

As a Senior Security Analyst for Prudential Securities, she installed MQSeries security for five MQ subsystems that were executing in a production environment.  Also, all DB2 subsystems were converted from DB2’s internal security to RACF’s security via IBM’s RACF/DB2 interface.  This interfaced enabled DB2 to request and use RACF’s security classes and profiles for security decisions. 

As a RACF Systems programmer for the Depository Trust Clearing Corp, she re-designed all RACF databases for role based security accesses.  Ms. Studifin wrote a SAS application that reported daily changes to the RACF databases for Internal Auditing.  She prepared and taught in-house RACF classes.

Ms. Studifin worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company where she was a Manager overseeing a staff of sixteen responsible for mainframe security system administration. During that time she participated in the conversion of MetLife’s security software from Top Secret to ACF2, then from ACF2 to RACF.

She worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York for many years in the capacity of Computer Operator, Systems Analyst, and Systems Programmer.  While there she earned a BPS in Pre-Law and an MBA in Information Systems at Pace University.

Ms. Studifin has been a SHARE volunteer since 1986.   Her last five years she served as a Project Manager for Share’s Security/Audit Project.  This project was responsible for securing and providing security education for the attendees of Share for their biannually conferences.

Ms. Studifin served on the SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) formerly SIA (Securities Industry Association) Lobbying Committee which successfully lobbied the government to afford brokerage houses the same exporting capabilities as banks with software containing encryption. She was also a member of the ISSA (Information Systems Security Association).

Ms. Studifin is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topics of:  RACF/DB2 Security; Securing MQSeries Using RACF; Loop Holes in Auditing MVS.   She has taught in-house training courses on JCL, MVS, JES2, SMP-E, and system utilities.



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