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CA Single Sign-On

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CA review by Satish S.
Satish S.
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"Best Autehntication software"

What do you like best?

CA technologies cam up with a wonderful product for authentication, authorization and accounting, which is the siteminder. Its rock stable and no issues found at any point of time. After the upgrade from 6.0 to 12.0 we observed enormous improvement in the performance and the software is much stable as compared to other competitors in the market.

What do you dislike?

Not only me, anyone would first say about what they dislike about CA siteminder is the cost. The cost of software and the cost of setup, and the cost for the support hit sky during the implementation phase. we worked on so many products but this one crossed others a par in terms of cost. Even the support is very limited and the documentation is less for this product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are looking for rock solid authentication software, please go with CA siteminder.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used this software for web authentication for online users. We even configured the single sign on with this software. performance was the best thing we liked.

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CA review by Terence C.
Terence C.
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"SiteMinder - The Best of the Best"

What do you like best?

SiteMinder simply does exactly what CA says it can do and that is to provide a solid, reliable, robust solution for Single Sign-On, Web Access Control, Identity Federation.

What do you dislike?

I have no dislikes. Any feature deemed deficient by CA's clients/customers is addressed through improved product, bug fixes, customized solutions. There are very few use cases the "out of the box" product is unable to achieve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to understand your goals for the enterprise; plan for training; utilize in-house expertise and CA Support; establish a solution specification that includes requirements, integration, implementation and maintenance.

Most environments have existing critical apps with Proprietary authentication, consider the cost to SSO enable old apps; factor in additional time/delays for troubleshooting complex custom web applications; get lots of performance testing feedback to tune your solution to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SSO on a global scale can be a challenge. So many factors need to be clearly understood. SiteMinder has always improved the time-to-market for web applications requiring SSO, Web Access Management, Integration with the Windows desktop, multi-factor authentication or Identity Federation, SiteMinder is the logical direction for large enterprises, Federal, State and local govts. Its features are our benefits, realized.

What Single Sign On (SSO) solution do you use?

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CA review by Gagan Deep Singh M.
Gagan Deep Singh M.
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"CA SiteMinder - Excellent product from CA Technologies"

What do you like best?

Single Sign-On, Federation Services (That comes along with Siteminder R12 Version). SiteMinder able to authenticate and authorize using various LDAP Directories and Databases. IPCheck and SmWalker are some of the features that are very helpful. They are not only easy to setup but works well with other integrated components as well.

What do you dislike?

Admin GUI for Siteminder R12 version is bit slow. CA support should look into this and come up with something better.

Nothing much to dislike as quality of product (CA Siteminder) is very good

Recommendations to others considering the product

CA Siteminder is much better than other existing SSO products available in the market.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Upgrading Siteminder R6 to R12. Migration from existing R6 version to Siteminder newer version was done with lot of ease. One benefit I would like to mention is that siteminder r12 comes up with integration federation services. so we migrated our existing Oracle Identity Federation setup to Siteminder R12 Federation services.

CA review by Daniele R.
Daniele R.
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"CA Siteminder: Enterprise Security Layer showing off ease of integration, modularity, performance"

What do you like best?

CA Siteminder boasts flexibility of configuration as well as architecture modularity which are key to a successful integration in enterprise environments. SSO features, Federation capabilities and standard RFC implementations get the product in the leader quadrant for Access Management and Web Security

What do you dislike?

CA Siteminder, from version 12 on, has replaced its GUI (applet-style) into a web-gui: unfortunately, even though the choice has been the right one, the web-gui implementation is not, let's say, web2.0-wise. Poor implementation and no use of Ajax capabilites bring more pain in configuring Siteminder nowadays.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to secure a medium-big company web-tier, this is the product with a level of solid background, modularity and granularity needed in such environments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Especially Enterprise Companies' architectures, giving the customer a solid and flexible security layer upon their new as well as legacy applications, intranet and internet.

CA review by Tapan J.
Tapan J.
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"Secure access provided the easy way"

What do you like best?

It combines the power of a reliable, identity federated single sign-on solution with the benefits of a cloud-based service with just one set of credentials.In addition, end users receive a more convenient single sign on experience that is consistent with how they access applications within their organization’s domain. Even better, CA SSO allows visitors to use social media credentials like Facebook, Google or LinkedIn for a single login, single logoff experience with reliable federated SSO of identity attributes.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing to dislike about the CA SSO service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It provides a comprehensive identity and access management platform that enables your organization to:

1) Securely deliver new online services quickly.

2) Enable secure collaboration among employees and partners.

3) Reduce the cost of security and compliance management.

4) Protect key assets from insider threats and external attacks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CA SSO lets your IT organization control single sign on and authorization to applications whether in a cloud-based federation hub, a partner-hosted application or other on-premise applications within your own organization.

CA review by Administrator in Retail
Administrator in Retail
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"Amazing Single-sign-on and Federation product."

What do you like best?

Very good architecture that scales for very high volume.

Intuitive user interface (It had issues when they released R12 but it has since improved substantially).

Supports strong authentication like RSA, ArcotID, etc.

Can integrate with most Directories and Databases out of the box.

Agents for most of the web servers, application servers, SharePoint, Peoplesoft, SAP, secure proxy server, etc.

High quality 24/7 Support -- quite responsive.

Widely used. A market leading product.

Relatively easy to learn.

A lot of new features are being added to latest versions to support mobile, social, agent less solutions, for Web service/ SOA support, etc.

What do you dislike?

User Interface can be improved for better readability.

Tighter integration with CA Directory (like Advanced AD Integration would be nice to have).

Federation component has scope for improvement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Authentication, Authorization, Agent based and Federation based single sign on, Auditing for web applications hosted within the organization and business partners in the cloud.

CA review by Bruce T.
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"Flexibility for the Business"

What do you like best?

One of the best features of Siteminder is the ability to provide custom interfaces and services to allow for increase integration and flexibility of the model to adapt to business rules. We have used this to provide adaptive access management capability to back end systems. Additionally the product is designed for certification and allows for extensible authentication capabilities. The EAL Rating provides an assurance to the end users and the enterprise that security is built in by design and that it meets the requirements of secure government transactions.

What do you dislike?

A poor implement and coding of a BLTH (Business Logic Task Handlers) can lock the system into a loop. There is little process flow and boundary checking conditions to stop this occurring. Ensure that you have as strong testing regime and separate test instances.

There should be a greater range of web based layouts and templates available and an improved ability to customise the user and administration interface for an end client. The user interface (while it can be branded) is not easy to do and required strong developer effort.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure that a separate test environment is setup and reproduces the business issues to allow for controlled change management.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Implementation of Attribute Based Access Control in a pan-enterprise environment to allow for business process rule management of access to information resources. The flexibility of Siteminder and the ability to extend its functionality allowed us to develop a full ABAC implementation for a major client and its partners.

CA review by Phillip C.
Phillip C.
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"Review of CA SiteMinder"

What do you like best?

SiteMinder is the most widely deployed solution. It allows for a seamless user experience and is relatively straightforward to implement. Directory Chaining (a single security policy can connect an application when the user community is spread across multiple directories) is of specific use to us.

What do you dislike?

This is not a specific problem with SiteMinder but when an SSO solution is not well architected it can lead to some disjointed behaviors. This can create extra support calls from users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We did an assessment of multiple companies offerings. I suggest any company should do the same.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed Seamless Single Sign-On for multiple systems & Web applications. That's what we were able to accomplish.

CA review by Alex T.
Alex T.
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"Siteminder Federation Review"

What do you like best?

Very nicely integrated with current siteminder implementations. Configuration of partners and outgoing federations is simple and straight forward.

What do you dislike?

Management and alerting of certificates is a bit cumbersome, some saml spec items that are marked optional are required making some implementations more complicated. Implementing SP initiated federations requires alot of custom work and interim pages , wish this was more out of the box to implement. Support could be a bit more streamlined , we waited days for analysis of a problem only to be told it was undetermined cause..

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you already use siteminder its a no brainer, if you use other products already for reverse proxy you might want to look at other options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Giving clients a seamless way to log into our products and reduce the amount of password resets. The product has accomplished this and more .

CA review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Wouldn't recommend unless you have very limited use cases"

What do you like best?

- Utilization of Web Agents for AuthN/AuthZ within a single domain is relatively easy.

- Security zones within a single domain still allows separation of SSO between different application groups.

- Can handle a large number of users without requiring a huge amount of resources on the server.

- Lots of out of the box features for directing users around during/after authentication and/or authorization.

What do you dislike?

- Certificate based authentication does not perform full path validation or key usage checks. So if you are big on smart cards, this is definitely something to consider as it does not meet authentication standards for higher level of access.

- Cookie Provider does not enforce timeouts properly across multiple domains (essentially breaks SSO after a user times out to the application). It also interferes with AJAX / other functions (can break Cognos reports as well).

- Admin UI is horribly slow

- Lack of proper identity mapping between multiple user directories. (a) Application objects cannot have identity mapping applied individually, only globally. (b) No mapping for Federation to generate assertions based on attributes from multiple user stores. (c) Unable to create a single "view" of a user to generate responses and authorization decisions.

- Unstable with known bugs that cause Policy Server to crash.

- Default header response to Web Agents return multi-valued LDAP attributes as a ( ^ ) separated string instead of separate headers.

- Federation management is just bad....no other way to put it. Disjointed, clunky, and requires clicking through multiple steps for a simple Federation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have complex requirements you will find many things missing when comparing to other big-name WAM products.

While it 'can get the job done' in a complex environment, it's far from straight-forward and lacks many features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SSO across multiple applications, domains, and federated partners.

CA review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Easy to use Federated SSO"

What do you like best?

Users are easy to manage. Functionality is as expected.

What do you dislike?

Permissions can be a little difficult with few tenant admins

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ability to lessen number of passwords users have to memorize and/or be managed by administration

CA review by Consultant
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"User Friendly Identity Management Solution "

What do you like best?

CA Siteminder provides majority of products on identity and access management space which is flexible across environment. Way user interface transition from applet to web based application is best way to give insignt of product instead of legacy technology feel.

What do you dislike?

Siteminder can provide more documentation about customize out of the box functionality which may lead to another extend of product name and brand name spread across and probably more online training material may take more customers towards product feature. This kind of training make aware of technology people aware of what siteminder capable of

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better documentation on customize product features and web service authentication will be better.

Same time if there are anything kind of demo installers that will add more advantages to product visibility to crowd.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am handling Access Management with Federation component (both IDP and SP)

CA review by Lokesh Kumar G.
Lokesh Kumar G.
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"Excellent for Access Management and SSO"

What do you like best?

Ease of administration, simple User Interface, very stable too

What do you dislike?

No user provisioning feature is there, CA product Support is not good.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is worthy of it, if you want a simple way of managing the access control.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Single Sign On, Authentication mechanisms, Access Control

CA review by Administrator in Insurance
Administrator in Insurance
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"Best Identity and Access Management product"

What do you like best?

Ease of use and excellent technical support. Debugging an issue by using trace logs/ access/error logs is super easy.

What do you dislike?

going through the logs can be a bit tiring but the logs are still far easier to read than other competitor products

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We mostly use Siteminder r6 and r12 for SSO and SAML federations, the top benefits I realized were ease of setting up new policies for new apps and the compatibility with most of our partners during SAML federation setup.

CA review by Satish S.
Satish S.
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"CA Siteminder"

What do you like best?

Easy to understand, easy to implement new features by referring CA bookshelf documentation, better admin interface, easy to install and configure by just few clicks. Very less need of programming. Easy to debug logs, they are easily understandable. All type of authentication schemes are available.

What do you dislike?

I have been working with this product since last 7 years. So far my experience has been really good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Have implemented single sign on for various intranet applications and also implemented federation with various partners.

CA review by Internal Consultant in Human Resources
Internal Consultant in Human Resources
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"Responsible for Siteminder and Siteminder Federation."

What do you like best?

Simplicity and the possibility to do everything from a single interface.

What do you dislike?

To sensible on network issues, it made the Policy Server to be stucked and only the restart of the service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to see all the features that the product have, it will give a very large variety.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everything that is related with Siteminder and Siteminder Federation in the company.

CA review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Identity and Access management specialist"

What do you like best?

Siteminder is a market leading tool for Access management mainly for Authentication and Authorization prespective. It is very robest and advance solution used in big orgnizations in the world forsecuring application both internally and externally

What do you dislike?

Though Siteminder is very good Access management tool but it has lack of some domains like integration with thick client. CA should concentrate on support also to make it complete package for client

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Any access management tool like Siteminder you can give SSO experience to customer along with secure environment.

CA review by Mukesh K.
Mukesh K.
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"Perfect for an enterprise single signon solution"

What do you like best?

Easy administration, enriched feature set, extensible design

What do you dislike?

C++ code so JNI interaction for custom plugins (even though there is a Java interface).

Installation requirements and time for the install (ping federate is much easier)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep using it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Single Sign on

Federation

Advanced Authentication (MFA)

CA review by Executive Sponsor in Insurance
Executive Sponsor in Insurance
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"IT infrastructure Lead"

What do you like best?

Single sign on

What do you dislike?

Cross site scripting and done flaws identified along the process

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

controls access to web resources, providing authentication management, policy-based authorization.

CA review by User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"SSO"

What do you like best?

Architecture and User Interface. Easy to learn

What do you dislike?

More tighter integration. UI could be more better

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Authentication and Authorization

CA review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"having more than 2 year experience with CA site Minder and CA Siteminder Federation module"

What do you like best?

Distributed architecture and pre-configured modules

What do you dislike?

So many configuration required for setup environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Achieving SSO and federation using CA siteminder product.

CA review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"My office security sign on way"

What do you like best?

Simple user interface , yet powerful security fatues

What do you dislike?

not much to dislike, we use it mainly to log into company network

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

enterprisewide user logon

CA review by Administrator in Leisure, Travel & Tourism
Administrator in Leisure, Travel & Tourism
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"Best in class WAM"

What do you like best?

Full blown Web Access Management Suite with all features included.

What do you dislike?

Too complicated and cumbersome with too many components, not scalable to Web 2.0 applications

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web access management

Kate from G2 Crowd

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