Gartner Research

Enhancing Compliance and Audit with Database Activity Monitoring

Published: 30 January 2009

ID: G00203652

Analyst(s): Trent Henry


Databases are under attack by both internal and external threats and are under deep scrutiny by auditors. However, database protection is frequently found to be inadequate in the face of continuing information breaches and compliance mandates. The result is increased interest in database activity monitoring (DAM) solutions. In this report, Burton Group Analyst Trent Henry explains how these technologies have improved over time as the vendor landscape continues to evolve.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Drivers
  • Evolving Architecture
  • Solution Capabilities
    • Event Management
    • Policy Creation and Management
    • Behavioral Analysis
    • Knowledgebase (Attacks and Policy Violations)
    • Alerts and Actions (Blocking)
    • Reporting
    • Database and Data Discovery
    • User Identification
    • Other Security “Suite” Elements: Vulnerability Scanning, Hardening, and Virtual Patching
  • Market Impact
    • Vendor Landscape
    • Segments
    • Market Dynamics
  • Customer Perspectives
    • Involve Database Team
    • DBMS Platform Tools Aren't Necessarily Homogeneous
    • Database Consolidation Hampers PCI Zoning
    • Discovery Is Important
    • Can't Ignore the Mainframe
    • Passive Monitoring for the Time Being
  • Recommendations
    • Follow a Prudent Project Path
    • Prepare for a Blended Deployment
    • Do the Testing, but with a Grain of Salt
    • Use At-Rest Discovery, but Understand Limitations
    • Press for Change Control Features
    • Collaborate with Application Architects and DBAs

The Details

  • Vendor Solutions
    • Database Platform Vendors
    • DAM Vendors
    • Others


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