Manager Engineering at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to set up and operate, amazing reporting capabilities, and helpful for compliance
Pros and Cons
  • "All the features are promising, but we love the reporting feature because we can get each and every report. That's a major compliance requirement. Its reporting is really amazing, and it has made life a lot easier."
  • "Cost-wise, it is a little bit expensive, which makes it difficult to get management approval. Its price should be reduced."

What is our primary use case?

We have more than 1,000 servers or application servers, and we have several layers of teams. We have super admins, system admins, and operations staff, and we also have application vendors using the system. In such a large environment, it was really difficult for us to do identity management on a daily basis. We had new people joining the team, and we also had people leaving. We had to put in additional manpower to monitor these activities and comply with the regulations. That was the main reason we moved to automation with the One Identity solution. We are using their Privileged Account Management solution.

We have virtual appliances. We don't have physical ones.

How has it helped my organization?

We have several data centers located all over the globe. Previously, if someone needed access or certain permissions, we had to manually go to our Active Directory, identify the user, and give permission. We had to do that one by one. When we had hundreds of new joiners, it was a time-consuming activity. Sometimes, this activity would take more than two days. One Identity has made all this easier. Monitoring has become much easier, and I can invest the energy in other things instead of monitoring which user is doing what. It has become a one-console management for us.

For my team, it has reduced the task of monitoring who did what and using which ID by 80%. They only have to do 20% of the work than before.

We are using all of the access features. It is much easier for a new user to adopt this solution. It also works perfectly fine with a VPN.

What is most valuable?

All the features are promising, but we love the reporting feature because we can get each and every report. That's a major compliance requirement. Its reporting is really amazing, and it has made life a lot easier.

Its setup is quick. It is easy to set up and operate. It doesn't matter whether you have a deep IT background or not.

What needs improvement?

Cost-wise, it is a little bit expensive, which makes it difficult to get management approval. Its price should be reduced.

In terms of features, I'm completely satisfied with it. I am not expecting any more features. Its cost is the only issue. Everything else is okay.

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For how long have I used the solution?

We introduced this product in our organization in 2014.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable. We recently increased the number of licenses. Previously, we had a thousand servers, but now, the number has increased. The number of users has also increased. So, we upgraded our system. 

We are using it mostly for privileged users, developers, and system administrators. In total, we have around 300 users. We have plans to increase its usage. We have some upcoming projects where we want to use it on a larger basis. We have plans to use it for DevOps users and third-party vendors, but it will take a little bit of time.

We have not integrated the solution with any other parts of the business, such as DevOps, RPA, or cloud targets. We are evolving day by day. We are upgrading our technology, and we have plans to do that in the future.

How are customer service and support?

We had premium support initially, but we don't require that now. We didn't encounter any critical issues. We are using their regular support. I would rate their support a nine out of ten.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were not using another solution previously. Privilege management was a really tough task before the One Identity solution.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward. Of course, when you are introducing a new product, you need to do a little bit of research, but the steps were very simple. You don't need much technical knowledge, and you don't need to go so deep to do the configuration. You can just have a look at the setup start guide. Anyone should be able to do it easily.

Our deployment took around six months because we did a few PoC. We also tested it in different system environments before bringing it to the production environment. Out of these six months, we spent almost two months doing the PoC with other products, and then for two months, we put it in the UAT environment or the test environment, and then we brought it into the production environment. So, overall, it took six months for the rollout.

The deployment wasn't disruptive for our privileged users because they were working with the old method while we were implementing it. So, there was no pause during the implementation. Once we completely rolled out One Identity, they started using it.

To start using the solution, you at least need knowledge of the policies and configurations available. You require a little bit of training because one change is going to impact thousands of users.

What about the implementation team?

When we did the deployment, we had a team of about 30 people. Now, we don't have a dedicated team for its maintenance. We have a team of about 15 people doing other activities and managing various technologies, including One Identity.

What was our ROI?

I have definitely seen an ROI. It is not necessarily in terms of cost. My work has reduced, and I'm able to focus the saved energy or time working on other technologies or implementing new things in other areas of my organization.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its subscription cost is too much, and sometimes, it is very difficult to pitch the solution to the management for cost approval. If the cost is reduced a little bit, it would be easier. If its cost was less, many other organizations that currently cannot afford it would be able to use this technology. I'm sure many organizations around the globe are having issues with identity management, and it is a very difficult task for IT to manage privileged accounts.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did PoC to identify different solutions. We tried several solutions, but it didn't work out. We did a PoC with the One Identity solution, and it was easy to manage because it helped us to meet all the compliance requirements and do other things. That's why we went with this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend it if you are looking for a privilege management or identity management solution. If you are having challenges with reporting and compliance, it will certainly be helpful because you will get a lot of details for auditing and monitoring purposes.

I would rate it a nine out of ten. It is an amazing product, but its cost needs improvement.

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Chief Information Security Officer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Reduces operational costs and eliminates password sharing
Pros and Cons
  • "We use the solution’s Approval Anywhere feature which enables us to add an extra layer of security for critical passwords without adding time-consuming approval processes. By using this platform, if someone goes on a vacation, out of office, or needs urgent/planned leave, then our setup will select the functions tied to that person and automatically delegate them to the next person. That person can start performing that duty based on their access. No sharing of passwords is required."
  • "The multilanguage functionality does not support the Arabic language, even though this solution is deployed in an Arabic region."

What is our primary use case?

Our company is regulated by the central bank in our country. There are about 4,000 employees in our organization. 

Our main need was to reduce the operational cost of our department by increasing the window of operations to 24-hour rather than have office unemployment. 

We are now digitizing the access control function through One Identity. Whoever forgets their password can reset it on their own rather than reaching out to the security desk. Whenever we have a new employee, we found that it was taking at least two days to get them a username or access to the system. Now, once they are logged into the organization and are registered on our ERP system, their complete access will be ready within five seconds. They will receive an SMS with their username and password so they can start working. This has increased efficiency and effectiveness of the access control function. It has reduced operational costs as well as providing services 24/7 with a platform that can be used anytime and anywhere for investigation in case we have a requirement. 

We use the physical appliances, as they are more reliable. Around the world, dedicated appliances are more reliable than having a virtual version/copy. We went with the physical appliances because they are dedicated and closed like a black box. However, we haven't reported any misses with the virtual version. 

What is most valuable?

We use the solution’s Approval Anywhere feature which enables us to add an extra layer of security for critical passwords without adding time-consuming approval processes. In the past, we were having problems when a user went on vacation. There were many recalled cases of password sharing. When we received this type of incidence and started to investigate, we found out the past setup had no solution. For example, if someone with a daily duty went on vacation, they still had to do it within the office. That is why sometimes people tried to justify the sharing of passwords by the importance of their duties. Now, by using this platform, if someone goes on a vacation, out of office, or needs urgent/planned leave, then our setup will select the functions tied to that person and automatically delegate them to the next person. That person can start performing that duty based on their access. No sharing of passwords is required.

What needs improvement?

The multilanguage functionality does not support the Arabic language, even though this solution is deployed in an Arabic region. However, it matches our criteria and requirements overall.

One Identity is using a third-party to create one-time passwords. Due to our security restrictions, we needed to build our own. When we discussed this with One Identity, "Why they don't provide a technology that can be hosted on our data center and be built by One Identity," they said they are using a third-party. This was their justification, so I think it's based on their strategy and there's no harm using a third party. However, we were having an issue using a third-party.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have using this solution for about six months. The project started about one year back. We started product introduction through phases. We went full-fledged with One Identity using Cloud Access Manager, Password Manager, and Privileged Access Management along with identity and access management.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have been trying to stabilize the system until now. We haven't had the chance to revisit the deployment to find out if there are any expansion plans, as we are working to sustain the set up. We want to increase end user awareness and start building the number of reports.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I didn't have a requirement to test the scalability of the solution. We did discuss the scalability with the system integrator at the beginning, and it's on the license level. I don't think we will have an issue once we come to the point of needing to scale.

We have 3,000 end users and 10 administrators.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had a chance to work the One Identity technical team. We work with the local partner instead.

None of my team has gone for training yet. However, they did have a handover for operation of the solution. It doesn't need that much training as long as you know the basics of access control functions. End users only need to have a tutorial to the portal. This is what we provide: a tutorial for how to use it and the know-how.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously were using a manual process. One Identity helped us to automate this process.

How was the initial setup?

We integrated One Identity with our ERP system (Oracle) and also with our security operations center (Splunk). The integration went perfectly. It was an easy connection. We built the connectivity directly through the API. What we found time consuming: the setup and connecting One Identity. E.g., Oracle takes more time than Splunk to connect because Splunk's system is ready to send the security logs to the security operations centers. With Oracle, the integration depends on the business needs and there are a number of different requirements based on those business needs. The enhancement One Identity made is the historical part related to system access control goes through our SOC to this tool.

What about the implementation team?

My team worked on the initial setup. I don't remember any critical escalations related to technicalities during their field deployments. The local system integrator helped us with any deployment challenges. There was zero disruption to privilege users during the deployment, which can be attributed to the work of the project management team. The deployment took about six months using two outsourced resources.

For the consultation services, we went with a well-known, famous system integration company (Exceed Gulf), who is local. They were cooperative, experienced, and professional. They have led many successful deployments in our region. Sometimes, they provide better advice when we are releasing an RFP to the market, e.g., when they got this RFP, they added value by doing a slight amendment to the deployment. This contributed a lot to the success of this project. Their advice comes based on their experience in the deployment for such a solution in our region. I strongly recommend working with Exceed Gulf and the same team that we worked with, as their technical skills were perfect.

What was our ROI?

We have not yet seen ROI. The benefit that we get from using One Identity is that it reduces operational costs.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a yearly license. The cost depends on how much a company wants to invest in technology. In our organization, we believe in modern digitization and automation processes so we found it affordable. One Identity was not that much less than other solutions and it is not a cheap solution. There were number of cheaper solutions. However, it's the most effective, according to our evaluation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we started thinking about approaching such a solution, there was an increased need to digitize or have a platform that helped to provided access control functions. There were a number of solutions in the market, like Oracle and Microsoft. One Identity (per our evaluation) was our selected solution. One Identity won when we match these criteria against other solutions in the market:

  • Support
  • The system integrator
  • Strength of the solution
  • Complexity of the solution (less complex than other solutions).

What other advice do I have?

Make sure to always get the support. This solution could not be successfully implemented with no support of the HR and procurement system. You will need to mature all of your HR and procurement processes to do the deployment in a secure manner. This is a security solution, not an IT solution. If you want to deploy it as a security requirement, you need to ensure that the HR and procurement processes are correctly in place. You can use it as a technology solution, because not all the technology requires security, but all security requires technology.

We haven't activated the session recordings yet. We have tested it, and while it worked successfully, we didn't apply it fully because of internal technical issues.

All the logs in the system are recorded and sent to our security operations center (SOC) for analysis. In our SOC, we have end user behavior analysis, but do not depend directly on One Identity to provide this. However, I might ask to have a report for the user behavioral analysis going forward.

I can rate the solution as an eight (out of 10).

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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VP & Head of Cybersecurity Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Functionality is straightforward with a simple checkout process and integration of checkout proxy ID
Pros and Cons
  • "It's one of the best products we've seen. When you start looking at the functionality and use cases and usability of the product, it's straightforward. They designed this product with the end-user in mind, and they also had the sysadmin who is supporting the product in mind. They really did a nice job. Overall, it's a nice product to work with."
  • "From a usability perspective, what we are finding out is that our privileged domain admin users, in particular, want functionality for extending a checkout session. So we are working with One Identity support to see if there's an enhancement that can be made to the product."

What is our primary use case?

We started with administrative use cases and we were able to take control of all the local administrator accounts for endpoints and servers. We then started controlling privileged accounts for our domain administrators as well as for any kind of privileged account that had access to our switches, routers, and the like. 

This year we're looking at taking control of all of the servers and application accounts. But that's going to be a longer journey for us because there are a lot more of those accounts, and there is a lot more testing that needs to be done because of the nature of the accounts.

Another use case this year is integrating Safeguard into the SQL database, so we can start taking control of the SA accounts within SQL. 

Furthermore, we have a use case where we are using Safeguard to manage the account for our IIGA solution, which is our identity governance solution. When it creates new users or transfers or terminates users, it's using a privileged account that is being handled by Safeguard.

We have a lot more use cases but these are enough to give you an idea of how we use it.

How has it helped my organization?

We went from a state where privileged accounts were being used and not being monitored or even audited to our situation now where we are starting to monitor these privileged accounts more closely. That's where we show value in the product. Whenever a change is happening, we know because we find it in the logs. Our reporting and monitoring team is looking at it, and they are now starting to question changes that are associated with some kind of ticket or some kind CAB (change advisory board) request. It has improved our visibility for privileged access.

What is most valuable?

We have physical appliances for this solution. We went with that version of it because it was easier for us to deploy it and not have the IT engineers involved with our deployment. We wanted to control everything, from the deployment to the supportability to the usability of the product. I really enjoy the form factor of the appliance because it's definitely a change from the previous version, which was a bigger box. This one is a lot easier. It doesn't take up room on the rack, and it's very efficient as far as resources go.

The ease of use of the GUI is a really nice feature. It has a nice look and feel to it.

The actual checkout process is simple. You log into the portal and you're presented with accounts. That makes that so much easier because you don't have to go searching for stuff. It identifies what accounts you have, you click on it, and you go through the checkout process.

It's one of the best products we've seen. When you start looking at the functionality and use cases and usability of the product, it's straightforward. They designed this product with the end-user in mind, and they also had the sysadmin who is supporting the product in mind. They really did a nice job. Overall, it's a nice product to work with.

We use the Approval Anywhere feature and, through an app, it allows us to approve or deny requests. We don't have that turned on across the board, but we are turning it on slowly but surely. It adds an extra layer of security for critical passwords without adding time-consuming approval processes. That extra layer of security is our "belt and suspender" approach. It's making sure that you are approved to make a change, especially during production hours; it's approved by the person's manager.

What needs improvement?

From a usability perspective, what we are finding out is that our privileged domain admin users, in particular, want functionality for extending a checkout session. So we are working with One Identity support to see if there's an enhancement that can be made to the product. 

There is another area for improvement that I have sent over to One Identity. I said, "Whenever you check out a password, there should be a radio code associated with the password." That's something that we're trying to work on with them. It was submitted as a request for enhancement. Sometimes, you can't tell if an "O" is an "O" or a zero is a zero. If we had a radio code, the person could correctly read that password and make sure that they're not fat-fingering it.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using One Identity Safeguard since the end of 2017, so it's a little over two years. I was also a user of the previous version, which was TPAM, for many more years in my previous role.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have never had an issue with the software or even with the appliances.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very scalable. It doesn't matter what size of organization you have. If you have an organization of 1,000 or 100,000, the product is going to be scalable to your needs.

In our company, we have sporadic roles and we have about 55 users who are tuned into Safeguard. We're managing over 3,000 privileged accounts. Some of the users' roles are network administrators, IT administrators, help desk administrators, and InfoSec administrators. Our marketing team has users of the product, as they have applications whose passwords are being managed through Safeguard. We have a nice blend of users who are using the product daily. It has really done a good job of keeping up with the demand.

We definitely have plans to expand the usage of the product. Any area that's going to require some kind of privileged account, especially as we go through a digital transformation in deploying cloud services, Safeguard is going to be right there with us and will give us that flexibility to manage those kinds of accounts.

For deployment and maintenance of the solution we have a staff of one who reports directly to me. He's a senior cybersecurity engineer.

How are customer service and technical support?

Safeguard's technical support is one of the better ones that I have worked with. There's always room for improvement, but every time that I do pick up the phone it's been fine. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In my previous role I used Dell Quest TPAM, which was the previous version of Safeguard.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward because my team had the expertise in deploying a PAM solution, which was TPAM, in the past. This wasn't really that much different. We were able to deploy the full infrastructure, including DR redundancy, without Professional Services.

Because of scheduling conflicts, it took a few weeks to deploy. The main boxes were up within a week, but the full circle of deployment of the product was about a month or so because of those scheduling issues.

Standing up the appliance, plugging it in, and getting started was very straightforward. So kudos to One Identity for really listening to what the user population had to say about TPAM, because it is definitely reflected in the Safeguard product.

In terms of the effect on our privileged users, it's always going to be disruptive when you change something. People don't like change. We introduced this slowly but surely. We took a real "crawl, walk, run" type of methodology. We took the most basic use cases, and then we would update our support documentation to support the product. As we deployed it, we kept finding areas that we needed to document. It wasn't so easy to deploy something that was going to change somebody's workday process flow. But a year later, we're in a different state. It's been adopted and people are drinking from the same water hose.

We had in mind that we needed to handle the local administrator accounts and the privileged accounts, and we moved on from there. We knew that doing the local administrator account, which is really a non-human account, was going to give us the biggest bang for the buck. We knew that was something that we would achieve fairly quickly, and we did.

The training for end-users wasn't that bad. The product is straightforward. When you start working on a product with a lot of the features that you had suggested, in a previous version, be implemented, it's really nice to see that the company is listening to clients and the user population. That helped us in training our employees who use the product. The training was extremely straightforward, and people really caught onto it fairly quickly.

What was our ROI?

We absolutely see return on our investment. We're minimizing the risk of potential insider and external threats. We're managing all the privileged accounts, and we have minimized the risks of an account being hijacked and being used to compromise domains.

We are already seeing the return because we conduct annual penetration tests to see if we're able to compromise the network.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated CyberArk and BeyondTrust in addition to Safeguard. We went through a bake-off and Safeguard had one of the best sets of functionalities. It even had simple stuff for integration of a checkout proxy ID. You could check out the password and then it would just proxy to the endpoint. An example would an SSH session you needed for an account that was checked out.

CyberArk was going to require a lot of resources, both human and infrastructure resources, that we didn't have the bandwidth to take on. BeyondTrust fell short of some of the use cases that we had. One of the use cases was relationship. We had a core team that decided on the product and when the core team did its scoring, Safeguard came out just a little bit ahead of BeyondTrust and well ahead of CyberArk.

What other advice do I have?

Start with your current state. That's what we did. Then, create a roadmap of where you are, where you need to be over the next five years. Once you're able to assess the current state and you have a plan in place, you can pick the product that's going to help you get to that future state.

The biggest lesson I have learned from using this product is to be open-minded in trying to figure out where we could use some enhancements. Just because you choose a product you don't have to be 100 percent, all-in on the product. There is always room for opportunities. Whenever there is feedback or challenges, take them and then see what you can do better. My focus is the end-user who is using the product. We have to make sure that using this product doesn't affect users' day-to-day operations.

We started using the solution's behavior analytics feature but it never really took off because we got overwhelmed with other areas that we needed to address. It's something that is on the roadmap for us to eventually take a look at, or at least refresh the project plan and commit some time and some resources to it.

We are looking to integrate Safeguard with RSA. RSA has a component and we're looking to streamline the metrics around that component. When a product is brought online, there's a way for us to go in and do a scan of that machine or that endpoint. Ideally what should happen is that we'll go to Safeguard, check out a password, push that password to the vulnerability management scanner, and scan it. When that scan is done, it actually checks in the password and rotates it. It's our vulnerability management solution that we're looking to integrate. We're doing a PoC on that right now.

Safeguard is a next-generation tool when it comes to privileged access management. They have done a nice job figuring out all the features that need to be available out-of-the-box. I do have high expectations for Safeguard. I continue to look forward to future releases because I know it's going to get even better.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Cyber Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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Top 20
The snapshot feature enables us to review the last time an application was opened and by whom
Pros and Cons
  • "I like Safeguard's snapshot feature that enables us to review the last time an application was opened and by whom. If there are any issues, we can look behind the scenes to see what has been done. We can suspend a user's access or close off a server."
  • "We've had issues managing accounts and access to some data saved on the servers. Accounts are granted a new working certificate daily. We have an account to do it on APIs online and sync it with that. If the path changes at some point or someone changes the password, I don't know if it's from the Active Directory or what."

What is our primary use case?

I work for a bank, and we use Safeguard to manage access to our Internet banking services. We use Safeguard for two things: identity and access management and detection recording. We have our services onboarded on SysTrack doing RDP directly to the servers or station, and we use virtual appliances for collection. The solution covers around 150 users at this organization. 

What is most valuable?

I like Safeguard's snapshot feature that enables us to review the last time an application was opened and by whom. If there are any issues, we can look behind the scenes to see what has been done. We can suspend a user's access or close off a server. 

What needs improvement?

We've had issues managing accounts and access to some data saved on the servers. Accounts are granted a new working certificate daily. We have an account to do it on APIs online and sync it with that. If the path changes at some point or someone changes the password, I don't know if it's from the Active Directory or what. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Safeguard for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Safeguard is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable, depending on the solution case. I don't know if it's domain-based because it was not restricted. We're gradually moving to the Azure cloud.

How are customer service and support?

One Identity support is okay. 

How was the initial setup?

Deploying Safeguard was straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

I rate One Identity Safeguard eight out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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This product is an excellent for controlling role-based access without administrative overhead
Pros and Cons
  • "The Transparent Mode is the number one advantage of the product."
  • "It is generally easy-to-use and install."
  • "Being able to use a proxy server is an advantage."
  • "The product uses a lot of resources in current sessions."
  • "The Transparent Mode could be somewhat easier to use."

What is our primary use case?

With Safeguard, there are two virtual appliances. There is one that helps you manage passwords and then there is another one that helps you record the sessions. You can configure it to record whatever you do when you make the remote calls.  

We use this solution for a bank. My current project is to onboard all the bank's security assets onto Safeguard. It will be used for admins to have secure access to the server.  

What is most valuable?

The part of this product that I like the most is the transparent mode. That is the number one advantage of the product. I also like the ease-of-use. That is what Quest is known for. The interface is interactive, relatively easy-to-use.  

I like the fact that we are using a proxy server. Also, I like the fact that it is integrated in such a way that I can connect to my Linux and Unix resources using my AD credentials. They map the AD credentials to Linux accounts. So, when I am connected to my AD accounts, it acts as a sort of proxy to convert it to the Unix account that it is configured for. That is quite useful.  

What needs improvement?

The only part of the Safeguard solution that I think could be a problem over time is the amount of storage it takes in the sessions. For example, because it records in real-time video it takes a lot of resources. So, it has not been a problem yet, but we are looking at a solution where we allocate the cost of that additional capacity differently. Then there will be enough resources to compensate for whatever the storage needs are. It just takes a large amount of storage for each current session.  

Another thing that I would like to see them improve is that I would like them to make the transparent board a little bit more transparent. The transparent mode is something I use often and it is the best feature of the product but that is also why I see how it can be improved. It might just be a little bit easier to use.  

For how long have I used the solution?

We are a long-time Quest partner and have only been using the product for the past five months. We just got onboarded to the One Identity product. This is my first project with One Identity.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

One of the things I really like about the One Identity solution is the fact that it can be configured in active-active cluster mode. It is just a little pricey because you have to purchase the additional licensing just to be able to do an active-active configuration.  

But I like it also because it is a virtual appliance. This means I can configure a high-availability cluster anyhow I want. If I have it on a VMware cluster, I can enable high-availability or any virtual cluster solution that makes sure it is highly available. I would do that using VMware storage. This makes it a more stable and flexible solution.  

The fact that I do not have to worry about other incidental things is good. I am not connected to an external database server. So all the dependencies, patching, and additional setup is something I do not have to do on the One Identity appliance. Everything is on a hardware appliance. In other words, I do not really even have to worry about securing my security device. It may not be the first thing to think about, but because you deployed a security device, now you have to worry about securing it. As it is all-in-one as a hardware appliance, I do not have to worry about all that.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not had any issues with scalability to this point and it is handling our capacity and needs. The only potential issue would be budgeting for additional licensing, which would not be a problem in our case, and handling the resource usage. These are not really limiting.  

Between the banking client and our company, not everyone has been onboarded yet to the One Identity Safeguard. But in the end, we are looking at probably about 500 servers and I think a total of about 180 admins. This seems realistic using this product.  

How are customer service and technical support?

My impression of support is that the guys there are very helpful. They are eager to jump in and to help you out. Yes, I think it is a great service.  

How was the initial setup?

I think that the initial setup was very straight forward. Pretty much a piece of cake, actually. With our implementation strategy, the deployment actually took only about two hours. That is including the discovery of the assets. It is a relatively large enterprise network, so discovery can potentially take some time. This was very reasonable.  

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The approximate cost on a yearly basis is in the ballpark of about 80 grand, $80,000. That is for about 100 servers. That is the standard license fee. There are not really any additional costs once you purchase that. Sometimes you can have professional services included with it. For example, if you take a week of professional services or if you need them to do the install. That is the only additional charge.  

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a long-time Quest partner, this was an easy choice to make. Because we were already partners it made sense to work with their other solutions.  

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to organizations considering this solution would be that before they make a commitment they need to try to find a local support resource. They will want to be able to get local support because that can be critical. But otherwise, I think it is a good product and a good buy. I would buy it again. As a partner, I would also sell it again because I am confident in it as a product and a solution.  

On a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the One Identity Safeguard solution as a nine-point-five out of ten. I'm very happy. If I have to choose an integer, it would have to be a nine. Ten would mean it is perfect and there are things I think can be improved.  

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Cybersecurity Director at a sports company with 501-1,000 employees
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Top 20
Is unstable, slow, and not user-friendly
Pros and Cons
  • "We don't need to use VPN for remote access."
  • "The deployment affects our privileged users because it takes a long time for them to request privileges, which impacts the SLA."

What is our primary use case?

We use One Identity Safeguard to manage our privileged accounts.

We use One Identity Safeguard on both physical and virtual appliances.

How has it helped my organization?

One Identity Safeguard uses a secure remote access feature that does not use a VPN. This is important because it is cheaper and more secure than implementing a VPN for remote access.

People can start using the solution after five days of training.

What is most valuable?

We don't need to use VPN for remote access.

What needs improvement?

One Identity Safeguard is slow and not user-friendly.

Managing remote access for privileged users is difficult because it requires a lot of customization.

Current integration with other solutions requires custom API development. I would like to see out-of-the-box integration built into One Identity Safeguard, similar to other solutions.

The deployment affects our privileged users because it takes a long time for them to request privileges, which impacts the SLA.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using One Identity Safeguard for nearly three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

One Identity Safeguard is unstable. Many bugs affect its performance, particularly when generating bundle batches and performing discovery.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

One Identity Safeguard is scalable, but its performance degrades as it is scaled up.

How are customer service and support?

Customer support is a nightmare. They take a long time to respond to tickets, and when they don't understand the issue, they stall by requesting logs.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Negative

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used BeyondTrust Endpoint Privilege Management, which is a better solution because it includes recording and remote access out of the box, whereas One Identity Safeguard requires us to integrate each of those components separately. Additionally, each component is a different appliance.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. The installation takes a couple of hours. One person is required for the deployment.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

One Identity Safeguard is expensive and the cost goes up as we scale.

Licensing fees increase as we expand, as does the cost of basic support, which allows us to open tickets. Additionally, we must pay to update outdated appliances.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate One Identity Safeguard three out of ten.

I only recommend One Identity Safeguard for small businesses.

When using One Identity Safeguard, we need to be patient.

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Senior Consultant at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Stable and has an easy-to-understand interface, even for people new to it
Pros and Cons
  • "I like that One Identity Safeguard lets you configure the maximum number of connections to the target, a configuration I didn't find in its competitor."
  • "Support for One Identity Safeguard could be improved because sometimes the support team doesn't have an answer or solution for some bugs. A feature I found in a competitor would make One Identity Safeguard better, and that is the ability to load balance the traffic in the target."

What is our primary use case?

We introduce One Identity Safeguard to customers, primarily Italian customers who need to partner with solutions that protect their target resources.

What is most valuable?

What I like about One Identity Safeguard is its interface, which is easy to understand, even for people new to the product. I also like that the solution collects data without any access to the machine, plus it has a feature that lets people explore access to machines within a network.

Regarding the usability and functionality of One Identity Safeguard, the most common feedback I receive from users is that the solution is easy to use and can easily move data.

I also like that One Identity Safeguard lets you configure the maximum number of connections to the target, a configuration I didn't find in its competitor.

My customers use the transparent mode for privileged sessions in One Identity Safeguard, and it is easy to use, though it may be more difficult to configure. I haven't received any customer complaints about that feature, so it's not that difficult to use.

To start using One Identity Safeguard in terms of training for people who manage the solution and the end-users, my colleague and I took a course from One Identity. That training was enough for the basic features, but for some other features, my colleague and I had to create some tickets, though he and I know the database and processes. For users, it is easy because my company provides them with a two-page resource manual with screenshots. Then, I spent some time with the managers to show how One Identity Safeguard works, which is very easy because I've used the solution before. 

The analytics interface of One Identity Safeguard is also easy to understand.

What needs improvement?

A feature I found in a competitor would make One Identity Safeguard better, and that is the ability to load balance the traffic in the target. For example, in two machines with some applications, I would like to balance traffic between the two machines with the help of One Identity Safeguard. It would be great if the solution allowed users to add some applications to a cluster and balance the traffic between the applications.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with One Identity Safeguard for customers for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, One Identity Safeguard is okay. It's been running for almost one year, and there's no problem with its stability, so, in terms of stability, it's a seven out of ten for me.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability, including the clustering for One Identity Safeguard, could be improved. It is fair right now, scalability-wise, and from an engineering perspective, it may not be as easy to do that because the appliance would have to be encrypted, and there's a security requirement. Still, it would be nicer if scalability could be improved in One Identity Safeguard.

How are customer service and support?

Support for One Identity Safeguard could be improved because sometimes the support team doesn't have an answer or solution for some bugs. Support-wise, it's an eight out of ten for me.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used a different solution previously, but One Identity Safeguard could limit the maximum number of connections to a target. The other solution, on the other hand, could not do that but has a load-balancing feature.

How was the initial setup?

My company deploys One Identity Safeguard for customers, and I found the process easy.

What other advice do I have?

My customers use the One Identity Safeguard virtual appliances.

I have not used the Cloud Assistant feature of the solution.

I have not used the Remote Access feature for privileged users in One Identity Safeguard.

My company does not integrate the solution with any other parts of the business, such as development, operations, and RPA. It was just tested but not rolled out in production.

In terms of how the deployment of One Identity Safeguard affects privileged users may be a complex question because the customer didn't have a previous infrastructure. The customer is now building the infrastructure, so it's a dynamic environment. The customer doesn't have an old environment.

I'm a One Identity Safeguard integrator, and my company also resells it.

Regarding maintenance, usually, it's not required. Still, sometimes a user could complain about not being able to access passwords in One Identity Safeguard or that there is some misconfiguration I need to analyze, and in the end, the issue is with the target appliance and not One Identity Safeguard.

My rating for One Identity Safeguard is eight out of ten overall.

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Bulk import with templates is helpful, but some competitors' products are better
Pros and Cons
  • "I like the discovery functionality and the change password feature through the check-in. I also like the bulk import with the help of templates that come with it out of the box. With the help of these few features, my tasks are made easier."
  • "The main thing that needs improvement is the slowness. Apart from that, the change password check-in feature also needs improvement because it is not working perfectly accurately."

What is our primary use case?

We use Safeguard for managing privileged passwords only, using physical appliances.

How has it helped my organization?

So far, I haven't seen any type of improvement from using this solution when compared with other products in the identity and access management space. It has been neutral.

What is most valuable?

I like the discovery functionality and the change password feature through the check-in. I also like the bulk import with the help of templates that come with it out of the box. With the help of these few features, my tasks are made easier.

We also use the Secure Remote Access feature for privileged users. Access is based on group membership and with that membership they connect to the remote machine. It's an easy process to manage. 

What needs improvement?

The main thing that needs improvement is the slowness. Apart from that, the change password check-in feature also needs improvement because it is not working perfectly accurately.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using One Identity Safeguard for the last two and a half years. I work as an implementer and provide support operations to our clients.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's not a stable solution, but it's not bad. It's neutral in terms of stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's not scalable.

How are customer service and support?

We are not using their Premier Support, but I am okay with the vendor's regular support. But if the product is running on an unsupported version, that is a very negative point. They should support unsupported versions as well so that their customers are not stuck somewhere in between.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Neutral

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As an organization, we are using other PAM solutions for other projects, but I'm not sure which other solutions are in use.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for Safeguard is straightforward. Because it was deployed a long time ago in our organization, before my tenure, my expertise is based on adding to clusters. If we are going to add clients within a cluster, it depends on the speed, meaning how the network connectivity is between the cluster and the target device.

In terms of the effect of deployment on users, they are provisioned, with the help of group membership, into Safeguard. Once they are assigned to a particular group, they can follow the previous sites. Based on the previous site, they can log in and check out the password of their privileged account.

As for the amount of training needed, it depends on the solution. If the solution is only for privileged passwords, about three weeks' training is required to understand the solution. And if the server for privileges is also integrated with the solution, it will take a month or as much as 45 days.

We have an implementation team and an operations team. Between them, there are a total of five or six people required for this solution to deploy and maintain it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not aware of the product cost, but if it's going to cost more, first they have to maintain and stabilize the product.

What other advice do I have?

My impression of the form factor of the Safeguard physical appliance is not good and not bad. It's neutral. Similarly, feedback about the usability and functionality is neutral.

My advice, if you have the budget, is to buy other products, like CyberArk Privileged Access Manager or BeyondTrust Endpoint Privilege Management. If you don't have that kind of budget you can use this product.

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