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Difference between RACF and Top Secret

 
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ankit9jain

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:36 pm    Post subject: Difference between RACF and Top Secret
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Could someone let me know what is the difference between TOP SECRET and RACF or suggest manual to find the diffrence?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject:
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They are two completely independant products, RACF (IBM) and TOP SECRET (CA).

You will need to contact CA for details as they do not readily allow access to their documentation. RACF should be available on the IBM web site.
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Both are security applications. RACF is IBM, TOP Secret is 3rd party.

try googling. I am sure the sales propaganda from TOP Secret will elaborate the details.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:56 pm    Post subject:
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thanks Guys for the information.. will try Googling
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject:
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Could someone let me know what is the difference between TOP SECRET and RACF. . .
What is it that you actually want to know? Why has the question come up? What would you do with "the difference(s)"?

If you ask comething more clear, you will probably get more usable answers.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:57 pm    Post subject:
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i was curious to know, how would we come to know that which security either TOP Secret or RACF be better in a particular situation? what are the merits and demerits of each over other?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject:
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They are a much alike set of products, and in my opinion it is not the product being used that defines the security environment, it is the polices in place to protect data that really matters.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject:
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how would we come to know that which security either TOP Secret or RACF be better in a particular situation?
Typically, the site has determined which to use already and there's no choice about it. Sites sometimes convert from one to the other but it's not very common to have multiple security products running.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:12 pm    Post subject:
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how would we come to know that which security either TOP Secret or RACF be better in a particular situation?
Unlike database systems, utilities, or programming languages, system security is not "pick and choose". As Robert mentoned, the security product decision hs already been made for most systems.

I've been places that used different security systems on different lpars, but do not recall having more than one security product active on a given lpar.
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