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Real User
Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

We make use of almost all the features of Top Secret: * Authentication * Authorization checks * Reporting on violations * Audit reporting We have implemented two-factor authentication, which is a new piece of CA Top Secret. I think that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's an integral part of all of our mainframe security functions. It's the core of our mainframe security functions. It helps ensure that we are compliant with all of the various banking regulations, security regulations and requirements.

What needs improvement?

I almost don't have any specific issues with the product. Any problems that we do encounter are always quickly addressed by the CA Top Secret support folks. It would be helpful if they removed limitations on user record sizes.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It's not like I installed Top Secret and had something previously. Both of the shops that I have worked in already had Top Secret installed as a base product.

What other advice do I have?

The security environment is constantly changing. The support for CA Top Secret is constantly upgrading the product to ensure that it's current with the industry needs for mainframe security.
Real User
Director with 51-200 employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

All the features that we use are valuable. I cannot think of any special feature that is more valuable than other, especially as there are not many features that you can optionally use.

What needs improvement?

The user interface. Sometimes, it is not simple to understand where a certain definition should be defined, and I go through a number of screens until I find where to do some of them.

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

I am not involved in this aspect of the business.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As far as I know this is the only solution ever used. As Top Secret was installed before I started working for our office, I assume the challenge was to protect our assets.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that there is a post-sale department in your country. We have experienced some post-sale problems to do with integration of CA products into our systems.
Vendor
Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 05 2017

What do you think of CA Top Secret?

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is ease of use.

How has it helped my organization?

This benefits our organization because it is an enterprise-wide solution.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better reporting, more emphasis on audit reporting, and better scrubbing of the canned reports. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The tool is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution scales easily.

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, the most important thing is support. If you are looking for mainframe security, get this solution.
Vendor
Head of Enterprise Partnerships | Wealth & Investment Management at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

Authentication and authorization. It is a security manager, so it has to validate all accounts that use the mainframe. In terms of authorization, it controls what access those accounts have with the two resources on the mainframe. That's the primary function of the product.

How has it helped my organization?

By securing the mainframe platform and the data that's on it.

What needs improvement?

I've got about 20 or 30 items. I would like to see the ability to create a CFILE backup from a backup. A CFILE is a sequential version of what you've got on your database. If you do it against your live database, you impair performance. I want to be able to create that from a backup of the database… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, make sure they can keep up with you. The ongoing development, security, is an ever-changing item and they need to have sufficient development staff and capabilities to keep up with the industry. That is an area where I have a concern, because I don't see them keeping pace… more»
Vendor
Manager of Operations Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 20 2016

What is most valuable?

I find the ease of installation and the ease of understanding and reporting on the product is excellent. We are always debugging things. The reporting is everything to me as far as being able to respond quickly to either in-house concern, client concerns, or auditor's concerns, or management for… more»

What needs improvement?

To me, I like the way they do the future stuff. I noticed they have a thing now where the password complexity is now going to be used for administrations as a control option. I'd like to see that more granular, see where you could get the passwords that are being enforced, but you can enforce it at… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

For my group, we're decentralized administration. We have tons and tons of administrators across the platform. We have over a 130,000 users on the database and probably another 2,000 administrators. My group, I believe, should have the ability to turn that function off because we're a group of 5… more»

What other advice do I have?

I'd give it a 9.5/10. I think it's a pretty good product. It was very well written and the ease of administration and the ease of the commands and the ease in which you can report on it are top notch. I'd start by calling support and getting their best recommendations for the current environment. I… more»
Vendor
Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 10 2015

What do you think of CA Top Secret?

Valuable Features

HFS SEC is the most valuable feature for us because it's managed consistently as other resources are managed. It uses standard resource names instead of bit settings.

Improvements to My Organization

It protects our enterprise by providing an access monitor authentication protocol. All competitors do the same thing, but this does it the best.

Room for Improvement

I'd like integration of cleanup data with Top Secret.

Deployment Issues

I haven't had issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

The stability of it is pretty good. We've had no issues with stability. Our statistics show that we’re doing 115 billion security calls per month for just half of our system.

Scalability Issues

We’re running one of the largest installations in the world, and it’s…
Vendor
Sr. Supervisor Auditor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 10 2015

What is most valuable?

Being in risk and security, the biggest thing is the ability to adapt because right now we’re changing to model IDs. We work with HR to build out a system for personnel to be matched with levels of access to information.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to be more secure as enhancements come out. They’ve been great for us and we implement as they roll out. In banking, security is a priority, and we constantly get updates that meet our needs.

What needs improvement?

As an IT auditor, the UI is the tough part. You have to really know the commands. I’m more Windows/GUI, but with this, you need to read books or find someone to get the right commands. From the IT auditing standpoint, it needs to be a more simple to use.

What other advice do I have?

We’re always trying to evolve, and the enhancements help, but its intertwining of everything else we use isn’t as smooth as it should be, but that’s because we use software from IBM.
Vendor
VP Enterprise Architecture Manager at FirstBank Puerto Rico
Dec 06 2015

What do you think of CA Top Secret?

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is integration with the native mainframe security, extending the security.

How has it helped my organization?

It centralizes all the user security on a single tool, which has truly been the best part for us. Otherwise, it's a simple non-fancy product.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see integration with LDAP's services, because today we have the mainframe and Windows AD separated. I would like to integrate both so they can work together.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's perfect, but it's related to the stability of the mainframe itself. We have had no issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 3,000 people using it with no issues of scalability.

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What is CA Top Secret?

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

CA Top Secret customers

First Tennessee Bank