November 01, 2008
- Ease of Use:
- Value for Money:
- Overall Rating:
- Strengths: Comprehensive user password management
- Weaknesses: Not designed for password vaulting or managing hard coded passwords
- Verdict: A specialised product for specific applications but very good at what it does
Proginet's SecurForce is a little bit different to other products in this review. This product focuses more on managing passwords from a user perspective.
Administrators can create password policy and allow users to easily syncronise their passwords across the many enterprise platforms. These passwords are then validated against SecurForce or by an external security provider.
Furthermore, changes are detected and applied by agents based on the Identity Server's rules and configuration. This product also allows administrators to slim down the number of passwords a single user needs.
SecurForce was simple to install and we had it up and running in just a few minutes.
The installer includes all that is needed to get the product up and running including the necessary web server. From a user standpoint the password reset tools are also quite simple and intuitive to use.
From a performance standpoint, this product does integrate quite well with the existing environment by plugging in to systems such as Windows Active Directory, RACF, ACF2, Top Secret, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX and Linux and applications such as SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, SAP and LDAP.
However, we did find that it does not lock passwords in a vault or manage hard coded passwords. SecurForce leans more toward identity and password management for users.
Documentation for this product includes PDF installation and user guides. These guides are well organised and provide some configuration examples. We found these documents to be easy to follow with many step-by-step instructions.
Proginet offers 24/7 phone and email support as part of a standard maintenance agreement. Also available to customers is on site service for deployment and installation at a rate of £1,200 per day. Customers also get access to a support portal with a knowledgebase and FAQ section.
At an initial cost of £5,500, we find this product to be average value for the money. While it does have some excellent password management features, it is lacking in critical systems management and secure password storage.
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