IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite - license + 1

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Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On provides strong authentication, access automation, and compliance reporting for applications across enterprise end-points.

IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On can provide enterprises with increased employee productivity, lower IT helpdesk costs, and stronger levels of security by removing the frustration of multiple passwords and eliminating complex password management policies. Now users can enjoy fast access to all corporate applications, Web, desktop and legacy, and network resources with the use of a single, strong password on personal and shared workstations.

Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On increases user productivity and enables fast access to corporate information by extending the ESSO functionality to provide workflow automation on shared and personal workstations. Users can automate the entire access workflow - application login, drive mapping, application launch, single sign-on, and navigation to preferred screens, multi-step logins, and more.

The solution also delivers single sign-off across all applications and the ability to configure desktop protection policies to prevent unauthorized access to confidential corporate applications. If a user walks away from a workstation without logging out, Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On can be configured to enforce inactivity timeout policies such as configurable screen locks, application logout policies, graceful logoff, and more.

For organizations that need to mitigate risk and security breaches, reduce help-desk costs, and eliminate complex password management problems, Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On integrates with a wide variety of two-factor authentication devices, including USB smart cards, building access cards, active RFID, biometrics, iTag, and cell phones, to improve security and employee productivity simultaneously. Organizations can mitigate potential threats to security and achieve compliance by eliminating inadequate password protection practices.

Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On also integrates with IBM Tivoli Identity Manager for user provisioning to provide an integrated identity and access management solution for organizations.

IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite - license + 1 is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reverse proxy provides central control over authentication and authorization. Valuable FeaturesReverse proxy is the most valuable feature as it provides central control over authentication and authorization. The integration effort with the end application is quite straightforward and easy.Improvements to My OrganizationIt is a single product that caters for all the business needs throughout the organization. It provides a seamless integration that in turn encourages most of the applications to use the SSO features.Room for ImprovementMulti-factor authentication with social integration needs to improve.Use of SolutionI have used this solution for around two and a half years.Stability IssuesThere were no stability issues.Scalability IssuesThere were no scalability issues.Customer Service and Technical SupportAn acceptable prompt response is received from the technical team depending on the severity of the issue.Previous SolutionsMore features were found in this product compared to the previous solution that we were using.Initial SetupIt needs quite a lot of time to design the architecture and properly layout the deployment for the high availability setup.Other Solutions ConsideredWe looked at a couple of other products namely CA and Oracle.Other AdviceProperly understand the requirement and deploy the application correctly as the product comes with a vast number of features, that we might not use unless we don't check wisely.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It’s a very flexible and customizable product but installation and configuration need improving Valuable Features:It’s a very flexible and customizable product.Improvements to My Organization:* It provided a secure and robust end to end security solution.* You can fine tune authentication and authorization* It’s also easily scalable.Room for Improvement:* Installation and configuration.* If you don’t know the requirements of the supporting components, it could be complicated to install and this has been improved in the later versions that are renamed to IBM Tivoli Security Access Manager.* Also the knowledge base articles on the internet are limited.Use of Solution:Several years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:This is a very stable product that can run forever.Scalability Issues:There are no issues with scalability with this product. Easily to do with no downtime.Customer Service:Good. Nothing to complain about.Technical Support:The technical support are very skilled and has helped solve all issues that I needed help with in a timely fashion.Previous Solutions:No previous solution used.Initial Setup:Not as straight forward as Microsoft products where the dependencies are bundled in the installation.Implementation Team:I was part of the in-house team and we managed to handle it without the help from the vendor.Cost and Licensing Advice:The setup cost is like any other product, and once setup, this product requires very low maintenance.Other Solutions Considered:No other options were evaluated.Other Advice:Most often IBM Tivoli Access Manager is not involved when backend applications are developed an this can sometimes cause the applications to not function properly and you need to spend time troubleshooting and do changes in the application.An IBM Tivoli Access Manager technician should be involved from the start when developing a new application.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The SSO, URL-based access control, OAuth 2 and OIDC are the most valuable features. Valuable Features:The SSO, URL-based access control, OAuth 2 and OIDC are the most valuable features.The URL-based access control has become more important due to the paradigm shift towards RESTful APIs, i.e., where URLs uniquely represent the resources to be protected. IBM TAM has a rich authorization model which simulates the system/environment to be protected by its protected object space. This makes it easy to visualize the hierarchical model of the end system and to attach ACLs/policies and customized rules, to the objects to be protected.OAuth 2 is now the de facto standard for API protection and scoped authorized delegation. IBM TAM now supports OAuth 2 and can act as fully compliant OAuth 2 authorization server.OIDC is fast becoming equally or more popular than SAML and is certainly the modern developers choice for SSO, i.e., for both the cloud/on-prem apps. The newer version of the IBM TAM supports OIDC, which can act as the OIDC provider.Improvements to My Organization:It provides robust security.Room for Improvement:The user interface for LMI needs improvement.The Local Management Interface (LMI), especially for the older IBM Tivoli Appliance Manager (TAM) version, can be improved in terms of overall UI/UX and also, in terms of the performance of the monitoring dashboard.The LMI for version 9 is much better in that respect.An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for the newer appliance versions for hosting the virtual appliances on AWS will help.Use of Solution:I have used IBM Security Access Manager version 9.0 for one year, whereas the older version for the last six years.Stability Issues:There were no stability issues.Scalability Issues:There were no scalability issues.Technical Support:I would rate the technical support a 6/10.Implementation Team:The initial setup was of medium level complexity. The subsequent configuration was complex.Other Advice:Go for the latest version.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The auth and policy product has a reasonable LDAP implementation. Valuable Features:Tivoli Access Manager's proxy product (WebSEAL) is extremely fast. The configuration options are mysterious and old-school, but they are a rich and small enough set that you can comprehend them and get it working right. The auth and policy product has a reasonable LDAP implementation.Room for Improvement:There is only a single step-up authentication path, but I have sometimes seen the need for several steps or a divergent path. It’s getting hard to find people willing to admit that they still write in C programming language.Use of Solution:We have used this solution since 2003.Stability Issues:No stability issues. This solution fulfills the common expectations about IBM ( ) software. It is fussy to configure, but runs like iron once you’ve got it right.Scalability Issues:No scalability issues. I get problems with the LDAP or the underlying machine first.Technical Support:They provide very good technical support. Perimeter security is a hot-button topic and you can get some serious help if it’s not right.Previous Solutions:While there are many products in this field, most companies use either this solution or CA SSO ( ). I encountered others on rare occasions, such as Oracle ( ), Entrust, Ping Identity ( ), and NetIQ.Implementation Team:I am not an admin for this solution, but it holds no special terrors.Cost and Licensing Advice:The issue is not how IBM licenses the product. You should think about how much of your traditional web traffic is going to migrate to your mobile/service gateways. If you are writing a lot of mobile apps and new JavaScript Frameworks UIs, then your traffic mix is going to change.Other Solutions Considered:I am a consultant and typically work with the IBM stack.Other Advice:This solution’s pricing is by usage, not by instance. That means you can set up as many instances as you like. Never craft a really complicated configuration. In other words, put functionality A over here, functionality B over there, and let your F5 (e.g.) direct the flow of traffic.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are IBM Premier Partners. I am often tasked to advocate for IBM products and I have learned the best way to use them. I have long experience in many parts of the IBM stack.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Component integration, SSO capabilities and transparency are the most valuable features I have found. Valuable Features:From my experience, most of the product features are meant for specific purpose(s) of its own demand and need. Implementing the feature depends on case to case, considering the organization's enterprise/middleware infrastructure design.TAM component integration and their SSO capabilities and transparency are the most valuable features I have found.Improvements to My Organization:It applies access controls on an organization's web space while running on its components independently, while being highly available. We can isolate our organization infrastructure from security considerations, as we have our entire organization security policy centralized, organised & administered from its API.Room for Improvement:Older TAM versions are not compatible for connecting to a DB. I'm not sure if it is available in iSAM 8/9.However, since iSAM 9 was released as an appliance model, I don't think having a DB as a TAM database directly makes any difference for the users.Use of Solution:I have used it for five years.Deployment Issues:We have not encountered any deployment issues. There were a few challenges while implementing ETAI, and ETAI++ integration with the existing infrastructure.Kerberos setup/run time & virtual hosting concepts have some limitations.Stability Issues:We have not encountered many stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered many scalability issues.Customer Service:Customer service is 8/10.Technical Support:Technical support is 8/10.Previous Solutions:I have used CA SiteMinder, as well.I don't see any technical reason for switching a strategic product from IBM TAM. However, considering the iSAM way of making an appliance model, which creates dependency on the cloud for infrastructure, we may think of other options.Initial Setup:Initial setup is straightforward, but we might have to consider the solution architecture to make full use of its components' capacity.Implementation Team:Implementations were in-house projects.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, we evaluated CA SiteMinder and Oracle Access Manager.Other Advice:It is a very good security product to integrate with any middleware infrastructure.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reverse proxy means applications need only minimal changes to support SSO with ISAM. Valuable Features:* Several SSO methods are supported out of box.* Federation based SSO (SAML / Oauth / OpenID etc) setup is easy.* Very good performance and scalability.* The internal STS token service can be used for custom SSO tokens.* It is highly scalable and can meet high loads and performances.* Reverse proxy sits in front of the application and applications need only minimal changes to support SSO with ISAM.Improvements to My Organization:Our customer had SSO requirements, as well as web-firewall and federation requirements that we fulfilled through this product.Room for Improvement:Administration of the product can be improved a lot. IBM has taken care of this in good manner in release 9.0.Product documentation, especially the new version 9.0, should be improved to give a quick understanding of product components and features.Use of Solution:I have been working on this solution for over seven years.Stability Issues:We did not encounter any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not had scalability issues. It has good scalability features.Technical Support:Technical support is good to excellent.Previous Solutions:We used Novell eDir Access Manager.Initial Setup:Product setup is straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:Licensing is good for this product as compared to other solutions in the market. It has competitive pricing.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at OpenAM and Novell eDir Access Manager.Other Advice:Choose a good implementation team and do not do an in-house implementation.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are preferred solution provider of IBM and work closely with IBM in solution implementation.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Acts as a reverse proxy, a single point for authentication and authorization. Advanced access control introduces adaptive or risk-based authentication. Valuable Features:A number of new features, such as application firewall and load balancer, were added to this solution. These features are no longer available as a software version, but only as an appliance (virtual or hard).The same appliance firmware allows you to enable more features, such as advanced access control and federation, for all of the components.Improvements to My Organization:It acts as a reverse proxy, a single point for authentication and authorization. Advanced access control introduces adaptive or risk-based authentication. Federation makes it possible to federate using SAML and OAuth.Room for Improvement:I would like to see the possibility to administer the appliances from one “master” appliance, instead of having to login to each particular appliance.Use of Solution:I have been using this solution for approximately 11 years.Stability Issues:There were some stability issues at the very beginning when we were moving from the software version to the appliance. IBM allowed customers and partners to interact directly with developers and others responsible for the product, so we could address issues, provide feedback, and get support.Scalability Issues:The solution is very scalable, especially with the move to appliances. Adding reverse proxy appliances to existing appliance clusters is very straightforward.Technical Support:I would give technical support a rating of 8 out of 10.Previous Solutions:I have used several solutions in the past.We chose this solution for the following reasons:* It is very easy to set up.* The policy server is not actively used during authentication and is solely used for administration.* No plugin is required on any HTTP server.* It comes with a standalone (no-plugin) reverse proxy. That is in contrast to some other web access management solutions.* The IBM reverse proxy does not have a large support matrix upon which the HTTP-servers depend.Implementation Team:The implementation was straightforward and well documented as follows:* Deploying the appliances in the network infrastructure.* Configuring the network interfaces and routing tables.* Starting the configuration of WebSEAL and other required components (AAC or federation). Some background knowledge is required to set up WebSEAL.Cost and Licensing Advice:The license model is pretty complex. Some other IBM products are included and are not dependent on the form factor of the appliance. (Dependent products are IBM Directory Server and Directory Integrator.)A combination of hard and soft appliances may be beneficial instead of solely using hard appliances. (It might be overkill to host a simple policy server.)Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated alternative solutions, such as: CA SiteMinder, ForgeRock AM, and Microsoft ISA Server.Other Advice:It is a very stable and good product. The AAC-module becomes a necessity because authorization is moving from a static model (a static access control list based on static group membership) to a more dynamic model, based on user behavior and attributes.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are an IBM Business Partner.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It can map a user account in a domain controller to a web application's user account that has a different ID, in collaboration with IBM Tivoli Identity Manager. Valuable Features:WebSEAL is a reverse proxy web server that performs authentication and authorizations. It is similar to CA SiteMinder Secure Proxy Server. The advantage of WebSEAL is that WebSEAL supports SPNEGO protocol and Kerberos authentication to support Windows desktop single sign-on. Actually, Apache HTTP server supports SPNEGO protocol, as well. However, TAM can map a user account in a domain controller to a web application's user account that has a different ID, in collaboration with IBM Tivoli Identity Manager (TIM).Improvements to My Organization:The combination of TAM with IDM in IBM Tivoli Identity Manager helped us to realize robust and secure authentication infrastructure in accordance with industry regulations and laws.* Providing centralized authentication authority and enforce consistent authorization policies to users.* Realizing ease of user accesses using enterprise level single sign-on.* Improving traceability of application uses.On the other hand, Tivoli Identity Manager known as TIM provides centralized ID lifecycle management as an IDM solution.By using TIM together with TAM, the following benefits are served:Many actual accounts in several LDAPs including TAM LDAP are managed by TIM LDAP. (LDAP directory tree supports a nest structure known as “Person has many accounts” model). In addition, person can have many attributes like; department code, Job grade, hiring date, resignation date in the future, etc.By using these attributes, all accounts which belong to the person automatically are able to be activate/or inactivate. Specifically, account creation/deletion/update can execute automatically by using HR information. If someone reaches his/her retirement date, the account is inactivated by automate workflow process, without raising the account deletion request.In addition, a process called “Reconciliation” checks several LDAPs (e.g. Active Directory), and can harmonize account information and its attributes between TIM and the LDAP. For example, if an improper account is directly created into Active Directory, scheduled Reconciliation process detects the account, and revoke the account based on pre-setting rules.This is the reason I recommend to use TAM together with TIM.Room for Improvement:Due to a constraint of the built-in browser in a Handy phone (called NTT i-Mode), the former version of TAM could not be used in the Japan market. The issue was resolved by the decline of Japan-specific Handy phones.Cookies were not supported in i-Mode browser ver.1, which had the highest market share in Japan. Hence, sessions between that browser and WebSEAL could not maintain the session state using a cookie. The constraint had widespread implications. Some examples: re-authentication, session affinity, cookie-based failover mechanisms. Besides, IBM Japan declared that all browsers built in Handy phones were not supported officially in that version.Rather than a weakness of the WebSEAL specification, that constraint was caused by the insufficient i-Mode browser specification, which was developed by NTT Docomo. Considering the negatives, we could not use WebSEAL for Handy-phone facing applications. (A workaround might exist, but the industry-standardized manner of using cookies was in our favor.)Use of Solution:An insurance company I left three years ago has been using TAM for 10 years.Stability Issues:I did not encounter any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I did not encounter any special scalability issues, because Access Manager Policy Server offloads the access traffic to the Master authorization policy store to a replica on WebSEAL Server. Likewise, PD.Acld on a back-end web application acts as a proxy of Policy Server.Technical Support:Technical support is 6/10.Initial Setup:Initial setup was complicated because TAM was implemented as a part of the IDM solution. It took me a long time to set up the directory integration among many user stores, e.g., Tivoli Identity Manager, Active Directory, Lotus Domino Directory, application user store using database.Cost and Licensing Advice:The user-based licensing is relatively expensive in a large-scale enterprise. Therefore, proper understanding of the AAA solution by executive management is strongly needed to obtain the budget, in addition to discount negotiation.Other Solutions Considered:I evaluated the following solutions:* Password sync products* Reverse proxy-based SSO products* Agent-based SSO productsAfter the results, the company decided to use TAM, following my recommendation at that time.Other Advice:It is essential to hire an SME who has the appropriate skills with the products, in order to avoid vendor lock-in.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-09-25
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