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Reg Harbeck
Real User
Chief Strategist at Mainframe analytics
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

This product provides excellent quality for security in the mainframe environment.

How has it helped my organization?

Basically, it ensures that data is handled only by those who should be handling it and only in the way that they should be handling it. This... more»

What needs improvement?

There is always room for improvement in this product. If possible, I would recommend to have an Eclipse interface which can provide simplicity... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were not using any other previous solutions. ACF2 is the original, high quality mainframe security solution.

What other advice do I have??

Make sure that your people are well trained so that they understand the product properly, before they implement it. Reliability, responsiveness... more»
Patrick Mondoy
Consultant
Project Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is strict and reliable access control to CICS Resources. Valid access is positive; a block is a genuine block.

How has it helped my organization?

ACF2 provides us with compliance with SOX controls and full evidence of SoD adherence.

What needs improvement?

LIDs based on names are rapidly becoming useable. A primary key based on SSO IDs is preferred for LIDs in the UID string. This will also serve... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Follow the general guidelines; there are no traps.

What other advice do I have??

Capture your intentions as requirements and do not lose the requirements. Test the resulting implementation to confirm it meets requirements as... more»
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Security8fd0
Real User
Security Analyst
Dec 31 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the values in this industry is how it manages user security. We use this tool to quickly assign privileges to different users as soon as they come in. As soon as we onboard the users, we use CA ACF to assign privileges and assign rules... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see browser support whereby we can work from our desktops instead of using the mainframe tool called 3270. I would like my team and me to be able to use simple browsers, like Chrome, to be able to access mainframe data and... more»

What other advice do I have??

Know that this tool is a great tool. It is a good tool to use. You can quickly automate, quickly provision, and deprovision new users, which is essential when you are bringing new people onboard. We have people coming and going all the time.... more»
Technicad72e
Real User
Technical Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2018

What is most valuable?

* The level of protection that ACF2 provides. * The NOACCESS by default is another very good feature. * Access rules are straightforward, and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

By providing a high level of access control to the z/OS systems, ACF2 allows us to maintain tight controls on dataset and system access. It also... more»

What needs improvement?

It needs longer rules. The max rule is 32K. It would be nice if the rules could be moved above the bar, which would allow for longer rules.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We purchased a company that was running another security product. We converted that system to ACF2. On our systems, we have always been an ACF2... more»

What other advice do I have??

ACF2 was installed here in 1985, probably because MVS security, at that time, was very limited.

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What is CA ACF2?

CA ACF2™ for z/OS provides innovative, comprehensive security for your business transaction environments—including Linux, UNIX and z/OS on System z—helping you realize the reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness of the mainframe. CA ACF2 provides an Advanced Authentication Mainframe feature, system entry validation, resource control, auditability, accountability, and administrative control. In conjunction with distributed security solutions from CA Technologies, CA ACF2 provides mobile-to-mainframe enterprise class security and compliance management.

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