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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.

Customer Service and 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.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

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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