Patrick Botz

Patrick Botz is the principal consultant and founder of Botz & Associates, Inc. and an IBM Systems Magazine technical editor. He has a wealth of experience particularly in the information security field as well as in the computer industry in general.

In the early 1980s, Pat worked for Control Data Corporation in Sunnyvale, Calif. He was responsible for CDC's Basic compiler. In 1983, Pat joined ETA Systems Inc., a wholly owned supercomputer manufacturing subsidiary of CDC, where he was the team leader for the distributed, Unix-based Electronic Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) tools.

He joined IBM in Rochester, Minn., in 1989 where he held several positions. Until 1993, Pat was the AIX workstation tools team leader for CAD/CAM systems.

Pat then joined OS/400 operating system development organization as a member of the system security team. Pat became the system security team leader in 1995 and was the lead OS/400, i5/OS and IBM i system security architect until 2003.

In 2005, Pat started and headed the IBM Lab Services Security Consulting practice where he worked with customers worldwide until he left IBM in November 2007.

Pat has been issued several patents in the area of information security.

Pat is also the author of numerous trade press articles and a co-author of the book "Expert's Guide to OS/400 and i5/OS Security." In addition, he is a worldwide speaker on various platform specific and general security topics.