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Guardium Hosts Executive Cybersecurity Seminar on Best Practices for Database Security, Privacy & Compliance

Guardium, the database security company, is hosting a “Best Practices for Data Security, Privacy & Compliance“ seminar, featuring Gartner’s John Pescatore, Booz Allen Hamilton’s Andy Singer and Guardium CTO Ron Ben Natan, Ph.D. The seminar will be held on June 16th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.

According to a recent report from IBM, SQL injection attacks jumped 134% in 2008, increasing from an average of a few thousand per day in 2007 to 450,000 attacks per day. The report also states that China has now surpassed Russia and the U.S as the country hosting the most malicious Websites.

And a data breach study by Verizon Business Services revealed that more electronic records were breached in 2008 than in the previous four years combined. In addition, the study found that database servers accounted for 75% of all records breached, while end-user devices such as laptops and USB drives accounted for only 0.01%.

Protecting against cyberattacks, breaches, fraud and insider threats has heightened the need for federal agencies and contractors to carefully review their security programs against the FISMA-mandated NIST 800-53 standard and comply with the OMB M-06-16 directive (“Protection of Sensitive Agency Information”), in order to secure Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and other sensitive data such as financial data and classified information. At the same time, agencies and contractors are looking to streamline their data security infrastructures with automated and centralized controls for complex, heterogeneous and highly-distributed environments.

This executive seminar will include the following cybersecurity experts:

  • John Pescatore, Gartner Vice President and Research Fellow, who has 28 years of experience in computer, network and information security. John will discuss the federal government's role in stimulating progress towards higher levels of cybersecurity; new and emerging threats such as SQL injection and privileged insider breaches; best practices for improving vulnerability management to reduce risks; and the security implications of cloud computing.

    Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Pescatore was senior consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he started and managed security consulting groups. His previous experience includes 11 years with GTE, as well as employment with NSA and the U.S. Secret Service. John has a BSEE from the University of Connecticut and is an NSA-certified Cryptologic Engineer.
  • Andy Singer, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, who recently retired as the Navy rear admiral holding positions as the director for intelligence in the Pacific and deputy of Naval Network Warfare Command, after spending 31 years in the Navy. Andy will describe why traditional "fortress approaches" (such as firewalls and IDS/IPS systems) are no longer sufficient to protect against 21st-century attackers who can easily bypass perimeter defenses; best practices for implementing NIST 800-53 controls for critical database infrastructures; and a new way of thinking about cybersecurity that focuses on a "megacommunity" approach in which government, business and civil society collaborate to advance shared vital interests.

    Mr. Singer also worked at Spawar Systems Center Charleston, NETWARCOM and was Vice Commander at the Naval Network Warfare Command. He has an MS in Security Strategy from the National War College.
  • Ron Ben Natan, Ph.D. and Guardium CTO, who has more than 20 years of experience developing enterprise applications and security technology for blue-chip companies. Ron will discuss best practices for database security and compliance; how to leverage the latest technologies for database activity monitoring (DAM) and logging, vulnerability assessment, data discovery and configuration change control; and how to reduce the cost and complexity of compliance with automated controls and workflow processes.

    Prior to Guardium, Dr. Ben Natan worked for Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Intel and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Ron has also served as a consultant in data security and distributed systems for Phillip Morris, Miller Beer, HSBC, HP, Applied Materials and the Swiss Armed Forces. He is an expert on distributed application environments, application security, and database security, and has authored 12 technical books including HOWTO Secure and Audit Oracle 10g and 11g (CRC Press, 2009) and Implementing Database Security and Auditing (Elsevier Digital Press, 2005), the standard texts in the field.

In this session, attendees will hear how key government agencies such as the FTC and Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMTA), and private sector organizations including 3 of the top 4 U.S. banks, have implemented granular access controls and real-time monitoring to track all access to sensitive data – across all DBMS platforms and applications – without impacting performance or changing databases or applications. You’ll also learn best practices for hardening your database environments and mitigating risk.


  Executive seminar: “Best Practices for Database Security, Privacy & Compliance”


John Pescatore, Vice President and Research Fellow, Gartner
Andy Singer, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Ron Ben Natan, Ph. D., Guardium CTO and author of the newly published book:

HOWTO Secure and Audit Oracle 10g and 11g, the definitive guide for database security and risk management professionals




Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.


C-level executives and day-to-day practitioners involved with IT security, risk management and
compliance, governance and privacy, database administration and enterprise application architectures.

Register today to qualify for complimentary admission to “Best Practices for Data Security, Privacy & Compliance” and get strategic insights delivered by the most respected data security and compliance experts.

About Guardium

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

The company’s enterprise security platform is now installed in more than 450 data centers worldwide, including top government agencies; 3 of the top 4 global banks; 3 of the top 5 insurers; 2 of the top 3 global retailers; 15 of the world’s top telcos; 2 of the world’s favorite beverage brands; the most recognized name in PCs; a top 3 auto maker; a top 3 aerospace company; 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 is a trademark of Guardium, Inc.

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