Gartner Research

When to Use Database Audit and Protection to Enhance Database Security and Compliance

Published: 27 October 2014

ID: G00263668

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch , Ramon Krikken


Database security is an important aspect of information security. Understanding how database audit and protection solutions work and in which environments they unfold their strengths is critical to successful data-centric application and infrastructure security.

Table Of Contents


  • Key Issues in Database Security
    • Database and Data Discovery
    • Vulnerability and Configuration Assessment
    • Entitlement Assessment and User Rights Management
    • Attack Detection and Prevention
    • Data Security
    • Activity Monitoring and Audit
    • User Authentication and Authorization
  • Database Security Architecture
  • Implementing and Operating DAP
    • Scale Out
    • Scale Up
    • Actions: To Block or Not to Block
    • Predefined Business Application Awareness
  • Next-Generation Databases and Architectures
    • Support for Virtualization and Cloud
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Identify the Gaps in Native Database Auditing, Security and Adjacent Solutions
  • Evaluate Features, but Don't Panic About Product Architecture
  • Perform a Proof of Concept Even If It's Inherently Limited

The Details

  • Vendor Details
    • Vendor Landscape
  • Market Drivers


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