Gartner Research

Database Activities You Should Be Monitoring

Published: 14 March 2012

ID: G00231531

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Wheatman


The need to monitor activities in business-critical data stores continues to grow in scope and importance. Organizations should evaluate the landscape of security monitoring tools, balancing the cost, impact and security benefits, and implement solutions that address 10 critical areas.

Table Of Contents


  • Privileged Users
    • Use Case No. 1. Access/Changes to Data
    • Use Case No. 2. Access Using Inappropriate/Nonapproved Channels
    • Use Case No. 3. Schema Modifications
    • Use Case No. 4. Unauthorized Addition of New Accounts/Modification of Existing Accounts
  • Application Users
    • Use Case No. 5. Access to Excessive Amounts of Data/Data Not Needed for Legitimate Work
    • Use Case No. 6. Access to Data Outside Standard Working Hours
    • Use Case No. 7. Access to Data Through Inappropriate/Nonapproved Channels
  • Developers, System Analysts and System Administrators
    • Use Case No. 8. Access to Live Production Systems
  • IT Operations
    • Use Case No. 9. Unapproved Changes to Databases/Applications That Access the Database
    • Use Case No. 10. Out-of-Cycle Patching of Production RDBMS
  • Context-Based Monitoring
  • Monitoring Tool Use Case Mapping

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