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SAS Big Brother

If, like the character from George Orwell's novel, you need to control what your users are doing and also need to report on it, then this paper is for you. Using a combination of resources available in SAS 9.4, any administrator can control what users are allowed to perform within SAS, and then can create comprehensive and customized reports detailing what was done.

This paper discusses how metadata roles can be used to control users' capabilities. Particular attention is given to the user roles available to SAS Enterprise Guide and the SAS Add-in for Microsoft Office, as well as administrator roles available to the SAS Management Console. Best practices are discussed when it comes to the creation of these roles and how they should be applied to groups and users.

The second part of this paper explores how to monitor SAS utilization through SAS Environment Manager. It investigates the data collected through its extended monitoring and how this can be harvested to create reports that can track sessions launched, procedures used, data accessed, and other purpose-built reports.

This paper is for SAS Administrators who are responsible for the maintenance of systems, system architects that need to design new deployments, and users interested in an understanding of how to use SAS in a secure organization.

Amadeus SAS Big Brother.pdf