IBM Resource Access Control Facility Review

Access rights management is reliable. Generating on-screen listings and reports could be more flexible.


What is most valuable?

  • Perfectly integrated with the z/OS operating system and all the other products in the IBM z/OS family.
  • Product updates are automatic and are released by IBM in conjunction with the z/OS upgrades.
  • The organizational process of the access rights management is very simple and reliable.
  • We can affirm that only authorized users gain access to protected resources.

How has it helped my organization?

It's very difficult for me to describe a concrete example. However, since we have been using RACF, our access permissions structure is much better organized and explained. We now have a one-to-one correspondence between a resource and access rights of that resource.

What needs improvement?

I would like the generation of RACF on-screen listings and reports to be more flexible. We security administrators often have to act quickly. Certain information should be available as quickly as possible.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it since May, 2015.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 4/5.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Before May 2015, my company was using CA Top Secret, the most relevant competitor to IBM RACF in the mainframe security administration.

CA Top Secret is also a good product, but my company has preferred IBM RACF for the valuable features.

How was the initial setup?

In our case, the initial configuration was not easy because we performed a conversion from CA Top Secret to IBM RACF. But with our strong will, we have succeeded.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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