Compare CA ACF2 vs. IBM Guardium Data Protection

CA ACF2 is ranked 6th in Database Security with 3 reviews while IBM Guardium Data Protection is ranked 1st in Database Security with 24 reviews. CA ACF2 is rated 8.6, while IBM Guardium Data Protection is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of CA ACF2 writes "Saves resources through fully automated reporting". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Guardium Data Protection writes "Proven record of preventing unauthorized access and modifications to our customer's data". CA ACF2 is most compared with IBM Resource Access Control Facility, CA Top Secret and IBM Security zSecure, whereas IBM Guardium Data Protection is most compared with Imperva SecureSphere Database Security, Oracle Audit Vault and Informatica Secure@Source. See our CA ACF2 vs. IBM Guardium Data Protection report.
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Pros
Excellent real-time reporting that saves time and resources.The NOACCESS by default is another very good feature. Also, access rules are straightforward, and easy to understand.We use this tool to quickly assign privileges to different users as soon as they come in.I love their support. The support is great. They are number one.

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It allows us to put in controls to make sure that only the right persons access the proper records in the database.Audit Process Builder – Workflow generator to enhance audit tasks and compliance workflows.Compliance Quick Start – Quick, GUI, step-by-step guide to automate compliance and give the customer a quick ROI.The most valuable feature is using the capture operation mode “S-TAP/K-TAP agent”, because all activities in the database are captured, including direct access to the database server by privileged users. This is useful because, even if the database server logs were deleted, the Guardium Collector has already stored such data to enable traceability of access.The possible number of databases and database servers which can be monitored by Guardium is high. For me, this is a differentiator of IBM.Encryption is not straightforward, but Guardium made the setup easy for us.Supports security initiatives and ensures compliance policies.We now have the ability to begin to understand how people, applications, and service accounts are interacting with data to better protect it.

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Reporting can sometimes include false positives.It needs longer rules. The max rule is 32K.I would like my team and me to be able to use simple browsers, like Chrome, to be able to access mainframe data and provision users using the browser.​

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The biggest complaint that I hear from customers and users is that using this solution requires database skills, yet it is a security and monitoring tool.Needs easier integration with custom applications.I have already mentioned to IBM that a primary need is to improve the number of records in the reports above 65,535.It needs an integration with Optum.​It will not go as fast as you want. ​Initial setup is very complex. Once you start interacting with people's databases, they get very hesitant. Then, the amount of social tasks to socialize the solution ensuring people are comfortable with it became a much heavier lift.Initially it did not have support external applications like, say, Tableau, ServiceNow, Remedy, and the like. They have started growing into it, but I would like to have more and more integration with outside applications.I am struggling getting through to social.

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One of the deployments that I know of had three databases, and the yearly fees are approximately $50,000 USD.The price of Guardium is higher than the main competitor, Imperva. In addition, it's complex as the calculation of the licensing is done by Processor Value Unit (PVU). However, before purchasing a DAP solution, it is important to analyze specific points to evaluate the cost-benefit of each tool. For example: Does the environment to be monitored have mainframes? If so, it's a point for Guardium. If not, a point for Imperva. Note: IBM is looking into a new licensing policy and reducing the price of Guardium.The biggest challenge is the cost associated with the product, and the cost of maintaining. Everything is not translated directly to the benefits we see. There are benefits, yes, but if I were writing the check, would I buy Guardium? No.Guardium won mostly because of our scope and scale. It was able to perform at the scale that we wanted to use it. ​​If you are researching this type of solution, work with IBM.Guardium has not saved us time or money.I would suggest to review the type of data, need for security, and if the organizational structure needs the options IBM Guardium provides.

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InfoSphere Guardium, Guardium, IBM Guardium
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Overview

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.

The IBM Security Guardium portfolio empowers organizations to grow their business and prove compliance with smarter data protection capabilities. It provides complete visibility, actionable insights, real time controls and automated compliance workflows throughout the entire data protection journey, to support your most critical data protection needs.

IBM Security Guardium delivers discovery & classification, vulnerability & risk assessments, real-time monitoring & alerting, encryption, advanced analytics and compliance reporting across structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data in on-prem (including mainframe), cloud, and across hybrid cloud environments.

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REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm48%
Insurance Company17%
Healthcare Company13%
Government9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company21%
Financial Services Firm14%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise63%
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise83%
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