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IBM Resource Access Control Facility Review
ISPF tables aid with provisioning and administration functions.


Valuable Features:

The granularity and ease of setting up role-based access.

Improvements to My Organization:

Through the use of ISPF tables, we were able to configure panels to aid with provisioning and administration functions.

Room for Improvement:

The way to pull security logs could be better. Currently, violations are written to SMF records. You need to run jobs to pull this info unless you are running tools to do this for you.

Use of Solution:

I have used it personally for five years. I have used it with the company for over 30 years.

Stability Issues:

We have not had any stability problems.

Scalability Issues:

We have not had any scalability problems.

Technical Support:

Technical support is exceptional.

Previous Solutions:

We had CA Top Secret. We switched for easier maintenance and better integration with IBM z/OS.

Initial Setup:

The initial setup was straightforward. The IBM books walk you through the setup. The technical staff at IBM is a great resource.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

It can be costly, but necessary, for an IBM mainframe running z/OS.

Other Solutions Considered:

We evaluated ACF2 and Top Secret.

Other Advice:

If you are running ACF2 or Top Secret, the switch is well worth it. Do it.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a test site for new IBM hardware.

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