Gartner Research

Enhancing Security and Compliance With Database Audit and Protection

Published: 27 February 2012

ID: G00226239

Analyst(s): Ramon Krikken


Database security is an important aspect of information security. Understanding how database audit and protection (DAP) solutions work, and how they fit in the greater security architecture, is critical to successful application and infrastructure security. Proper planning is vital for successful DAP evaluation and deployment.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • From DAM to DAP
  • Drivers and Challenges
    • Regulatory and Risk Drivers
    • Technology Challenges
  • Database Security Architecture
  • Auditing and Protection Requirements and Features
    • Managing and Auditing Database Security Policy
    • Event Collection, Analysis and Reporting
    • Auditing and Monitoring DBAs
    • Detecting and Preventing Attacks
    • Auditing and Monitoring Users and Applications
    • Discovering Databases and Data
    • Assessing Vulnerabilities and Configuration
    • Assessing Users and Permissions
    • Actions: To Block or Not to Block
  • Evolving Data Protection Features and Architecture
    • From Encryption to Data Masking and Enhanced Access Control
    • Looking Beyond the Commercial DBMS
    • Support for Virtualization and Cloud
  • Market Impact
    • Vendor Landscape
    • Market Segmentation
    • Market Dynamics
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Make Database Security Part of an Overall Approach
  • Work With Architecture and Database Teams
  • Evaluate Features, but Don't Panic About Product Architecture
  • Perform a Proof of Concept Even If It's Inherently Limited
  • Ultimately, Design Database Security Into Applications

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