Real-Time Database Security & Monitoring

IBM® Security Guardium is a comprehensive data security platform that provides a full range of capabilities – from discovery and classification of sensitive data to vulnerability assessment to data and file activity monitoring to masking, encryption, blocking, alerting and quarantining to protect sensitive data.

IBM Security Guardium is designed to help safeguard critical data. Guardium is a comprehensive data protection platform that enables security teams to automatically analyze what is happening in sensitive-data environments (databases, data warehouses, big data platforms, cloud environments, files systems, and so on) to help minimize risk, protect sensitive data from internal and external threats, and seamlessly adapt to IT changes that may impact data security. Guardium helps ensure the integrity of information in data centers and automate compliance controls.

IBM Security Guardium Key Functional areas :

Vulnerability assessment. This includes not just discovering known vulnerabilities in database products, but also providing complete visibility into complex database infrastructures, detecting misconfigurations, and assessing and mitigating these risks.
Data discovery and classification. Although classification alone does not provide any protection, it serves as a crucial first step toward defining proper security policies for different data depending on its criticality and compliance requirements.
Data protection. Guardium addresses data encryption at rest and in transit, static and dynamic data masking, and other technologies for protecting data integrity and confidentiality.
Monitoring and analytics. This includes monitoring of database performance characteristics and complete visibility in all access and administrative actions for each instance. On top of that, advanced real-time analytics, anomaly detection and security information and event management (SIEM) integration can be provided.
Threat prevention. This refers to methods of protection from cyberattacks such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) or SQL injection, mitigation of unpatched vulnerabilities and other database-specific security measures.• Access management. This goes beyond basic access controls to database instances. The rating process focused on more sophisticated, dynamic, policy-based access management capable of identifying and removing excessive user privileges, managing shared and service accounts, and detecting and blocking suspicious user activities.
Access management. This goes beyond basic access controls to database instances. The rating process focused on more sophisticated, dynamic, policy-based access management capable of identifying and removing excessive user privileges, managing shared and service accounts, and detecting and blocking suspicious user activities.
Audit and compliance. This includes advanced auditing mechanisms beyond native capabilities, centralized auditing and reporting across multiple database environments, enforcing separation of duties, and tools supporting forensic analysis and compliance audits.
Performance and scalability. Although not a security feature per se, it is a crucial requirement for all database security solutions to be able to withstand high loads, minimize performance overhead and support deployments in high-availability configurations.

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