IBM Security zSecure Review
Provides administration of the RACF database. We can identify and remove old security database records.

Valuable Features:

  • The zSecure Admin provides us with a much more user-friendly administration of the RACF database.
  • TopSecret and ACF2 are also supported (if they were ordered).
  • The Database Cleanup utility feature: Used for identifying and removing old security database records that are no longer relevant or being used.

Improvements to My Organization:

  • Simplifies browsing and working with the RACF database.
  • You no longer need to search for records. With the zSecure Admin, you can browse and change security records in the security database. 
  • Lots of our customers have old security databases with lots of old/no longer needed security records. These can be identified and then deleted.
  • Helps in reducing the complexity of a security database and in strengthening overall security

Room for Improvement:

The reporting feature needs to improve. It would be nice to have more control of the output formatting. Sometimes the customers want a specific layout of reports, which is not always possible.

Use of Solution:

I have been using this solution since 2008.

Stability Issues:

It is a pretty stable product.

Scalability Issues:

There were no scalability issues.

Technical Support:

Creating a standard IBM PMR is good enough, but it is not that great.

Initial Setup:

It was straightforward for the z/OS software installation.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

You should only order the needed features.

Other Advice:

Install and use the RACF offline component in order to test bigger changes for the security database.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is an IBM business partner.


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