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Continuing IT Training Program - Mainframe Security for Examiners

Last Updated: January 29, 2024

Program Overview

This course will provide an overview of the history of mainframe computing and why 92% of the banking industry primarily uses mainframe computing technology to process, transmit and store banking transactions, develop reporting data and collect metrics to measure performance goals. An overview of Information security risk management frameworks with industry accepted control digests that can be audited and examined to assess compliance and determine risk. In addition, an in-depth focus on Infosec Governance including NIST and ISO.

Key Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how a financial entity should integrate information and cyber security safeguards to protect sensitive data and information required by external laws and internal governance standards;
  • Discuss methods to understand mainframe technology and how to evaluate if appropriate audit standards have been applied to these unique and complex computing environments; and,
  • Recognize an alignment between enterprise architecture, information security risk management and compliance activities to better understand, assess and report enterprise risk management and compliance to bank management.

Instructional Format

Facilitated classroom discussion and lectures


Four and one-half days



Target Audience

Examiners or ITEAs who will lead or participate on level B and A examinations.

This course is open to appropriate staff of the FDIC and partner government regulatory agencies. This course is not open to the public or staff of private banks.


Participants should have completed all of the basic- level and, at least most of, the intermediate-level IT courses. 

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This course may provide CPE/CEU credits; however, any credits offered will be handled by the vendor.

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