U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Migrates to RACF, Selects Vanguard Integrity Professionals Software, Services

Services Team Performs RACF Migration, Software Protects Mainframe Security

Jan 27, 2010, 00:00 ET from Vanguard Integrity Professionals

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading independent provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, today announced that the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), an independent agency in the executive branch of the Federal Government, selected Vanguard's professional services team to provide migration services for its transition from the Computer Associates ACF2 security system to IBM z/OS Security Server (RACF®). RRB is also deploying Vanguard security software to protect data housed on its mainframe systems and streamline security administration and management. Vanguard was awarded the contract with RRB based on a competitively issued and negotiated solicitation, and all work was completed on schedule.

"Many organizations are migrating their mainframe security systems to RACF, from ACF/2 and Top Secret, to achieve cost savings and more efficient and effective security protection," said Brian Marshall, director of product development at Vanguard. "Railroad Retirement Board's choice of Vanguard to perform its migration to RACF validates the superior experience and value our professional services team provides our customers. We are pleased that it also selected Vanguard's market-leading security administration and management software to help protect and secure mainframe data post-migration."

RRB administers comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families, and has administrative responsibilities under the Social Security Act for certain benefit payments and railroad workers' Medicare coverage. In fiscal year 2008, RRB paid approximately $10 billion in retirement-survivor benefits to about 598,000 beneficiaries, and $80 million in unemployment-sickness benefits to more than 28,000 claimants.

Vanguard offers the most comprehensive program in the world for migration from ACF2 and Top Secret to RACF. The Vanguard professional services team has extensive experience and a proven and documented methodology, which enables organizations to migrate to RACF without disrupting services, and helps clients properly implement RACF protocols according to "best practices" and processes. Vanguard is one of only a few vendors certified to use IBM's ACF2 and Top Secret Migration Utilities, which the Vanguard team utilizes, along with its own unique security assurance software tools, to deliver a complete migration that is efficient and unobtrusive.

For its new RACF system, RRB selected the entire Vanguard Security Management Suite: Vanguard Administrator™, Vanguard Advisor™ and Vanguard Security Center™, and chose Vanguard PasswordReset™ software. Vanguard software has extensive functionality, helps organizations meet security control requirements, and is easy to deploy and use.

  • Vanguard Administrator, the company's flagship product, offers the highest levels of security administration capabilities to simplify and enhance security management functions on systems running RACF.
  • Vanguard Advisor provides the most comprehensive event detection, analysis, and reporting capabilities for the mainframe environment, which helps administrators and analysts find and fix potential security problems.
  • Vanguard Security Center, the first Windows-based graphical user interface for IBM's RACF and DB2 security administration, provides an ideal solution for decentralized mainframe security administration.
  • Vanguard PasswordReset, an innovative self-service, browser-based RACF password resetting solution, allows authorized users to quickly and securely change their own passwords anytime, from anyplace. Vanguard has a number of award-winning products and services. Vanguard Enforcer™ won the 2009 GSN Homeland Security Award for Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention System. Vanguard Audit and Compliance Suite and Vanguard Enterprise Security Training are also finalists in the 2010 SC Magazine Awards. For more information, visit www.go2vanguard.com.

About Vanguard Integrity Professionals

Vanguard Integrity Professionals provides enterprise security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges for government agencies and corporations around the world. With solutions for Audit and Compliance, Security Administration, Intrusion Detection and Identity and Access Management, Vanguard automates processes necessary to identify and mitigate the risks customers face. Vanguard's customers receive a rapid return on investment and are able to focus on other critical business needs thereby becoming more productive and more secure.

Vanguard Administrator, Vanguard Advisor, Vanguard Security Center, Vanguard PasswordReset and Vanguard Enforcer are trademarks of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Inc. RACF is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Any other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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