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CRNtech Review Says “Guardium’s Database Security May Contain the Most Powerful Compliance Regulations Tools that the Test Center has Ever Seen”

Guardium, the database security company, has recently received a rave review from CRNtech for its real-time database security and monitoring solution. The review stated that “Guardium’s database security may contain the most powerful compliance regulations tools that the Test Center has ever seen.”

The Guardium 7 product review is included in CRNtech’s January 12th cover story called “Network Security Against Today’s Threats”, and will be featured in a CRN virtual trade show entitled “Finding the Growth in Security and Storage,” on February 25th between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m. ET.

SQL Threats on the Rise in 2009

After months of analyzing threats through CRN’s security test bed, the Test Center found that “at times, there was almost nonstop 24x7 port scanning by nameless, faceless would-be network raiders looking for an entryway into our data center.”

CRN Technical Editor Samara Lynn, an IT veteran and former IT Director at a major New York care facility, wrote that, “SQL server attacks abounded last year, evidenced in the Test Center’s threat reports of 2008. A relentless amount of SQL hacking attempts were logged as well. Compromised databases accounted for many of the big computer security breach news stories in 2008. This is why a lot of companies are turning to database security solutions like Guardium.”

The published review highlights key capabilities that put Guardium 7 ahead of other solutions, including:

  • “Guardium’s database security and management appliance protects against inside and external threats.”
  • “Guardium’s solution prevents database compromise by offering real-time monitoring and alerting, including the monitoring of privileged user accounts such as those of database administrators.”
  • “A Web management console offers ease in configuring granular security policies.”
  • “Whenever policy violations occur, Guardium offers a high level of alerting and remediation: In the event of a detected attack or data compromise, the device will provide detailed monitoring of attacks—from which IP, what was targeted, which tables were accessed and which application was involved.”
  • “Guardium employs a sophisticated level of vulnerability assessment. This, along with database analytics and forensics, provides detailed information on what or whom is threatening or trying to threaten data.”
  • “There is also the ability to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data.”
  • The device also guards at the “back door.” The S-TAP resides on the database server itself, so the back door is monitored, including connections via named pipes or shared memory. Installation of the S-TAP is easy and quick. Even better, the S-TAP service is self-auditing and self-monitoring; an alert will be sent if an uninstall of the service is attempted.”
  • “Logging and monitoring are all done on the appliance. This result uses way less overhead than using native database monitoring.”

Guardium delivers the most widely-deployed solution for preventing information leaks from the data center and ensuring the integrity of enterprise information. The company’s solution uses real-time policies to safeguard sensitive information while reducing operational costs by automating and centralizing compliance controls – across all major database and OS platforms – for regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), and data protection and privacy laws.

To read CRNtech’s full cover story, click here: http://www.crn.com/security/212701657

Guardium will be featured on CRN’s upcoming Virtual Trade Show on February 25th between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m. ET. To register for the event, please click here: http://www.crn.com/vts/february/;jsessionid=Y2GQH2MSC5KTMQSNDLPSKH0CJUNN2JVN

About Guardium

Guardium, the database security company, delivers the most widely-used solution for ensuring the integrity of enterprise data and preventing information leaks from the data center.

The company’s enterprise security platform is now installed in more than 450 data centers worldwide, including 3 of the top 4 global banks; 3 of the top 5 insurers; 2 of the top 3 global retailers; one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers; a global soft drink brand; and a leading supplier of business intelligence software.

The company has partnerships with Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, BMC, EMC, Accenture, McAfee and ArcSight, with Cisco as a strategic investor, and is a member of IBM's prestigious Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council.

Founded in 2002, Guardium was the first company to address the core data security gap by delivering a scalable enterprise platform that both protects databases in real-time and automates the entire compliance auditing process.

Guardium and S-TAP are trademarks of Guardium, Inc.

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