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Question: How does IBM Guardium Data Protection compare with Imperva SecureSphere Database Security?
Answer: IBM Security Guardium Data Protection is a solution for database security from IBM that gives complete visibility, control, and analysis to secure sensitive data and comply with regulations. IBM Security Guardium is ideal for enterprise-level companies. One of our clients, a bank, uses it for monitoring their database activity. IBM Guardium can track the database activity and detect vulnerabilities such as SQL injections. It is very stable and ideal for safeguarding sensitive client information and data. It prevents leaks and data loss. One of the advantages of IBM Guardium is that it monitors the database without changing the configuration. The policy setup process enables you to define security policies down to the last detail. Guardium makes it easier to comply with regulations because it has pre-defined policies according to GDPR. The support is very good, and the reporting is very straightforward. The interface is not very user-friendly if you are not used to IBM products, though. Once you get over the learning curve, it does get easier. We found that the SIEM integration is pretty poor. Imperva Data Security is also an enterprise application for data security, but unlike IBM Guardium, it combines a database with file security management. Imperva is very reliable and sends alerts whenever it detects suspicious activity. It records all database transactions for analysis. Imperva works very well to monitor new access to the database and provide alerts about unauthorized users. Regarding compliance, Imperva offers multiple options for auditing; the data is presented in an audit-friendly format and is extremely resilient, even in Linux. The user interface can be confusing, though, with so many menu options. Someone not familiar with the product will have a difficult time trying to configure the agents. Additionally, it requires fine-tuning to get actionable insights from the alerts. A big inconvenience is that some common encryption keys are not compatible with Imperva. Conclusions All in all, if your use case requires tight auditing processes, then Imperva is a better solution. IBM would be more suitable for enterprises using other IBM products.
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"The product has proven to be flexible""I think IMB's technical support is good.""One of the most valuable features is the accelerator. It has a predefined report for PCI SOX compliance and other compliances.""The solution supports a lot of databases.""From the perspective of analysis and prevention, this product is pretty accurate.""The most valuable features of this product are activity monitoring on the database servers, discovery capabilities, and vulnerability scanning.""he solution offers trouble-free access.""IBM Guardium Data Protection has better integration options than most of the leading competitors on the market, and the price is always better."

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"It has a user-friendly interface. It is a stable and scalable product.""The performance of the solution is good.""The company focuses on and has a passion for security.""The beauty of it is that it provides segregation of duties. Typically, in the traditional environment, DBAs administer the database, and they have too much access. We are in the process of implementing other Oracle solutions, and it brings some kind of segregation. Just because someone is a DBA does not mean that he or she should have access to all of the data. Some of the data can be masked so that privacy and security are enhanced, especially when it is customer data for an institution like a bank.""Currently, we have audit features for auditing databases, for example, granular auditing, which we really enjoy. We've been using it to check what users do.""They have very good documentation and knowledgebase resources that add to the depth of their support.""The technical support for Imperva is super, super, super.""The integration with CounterBreach is great."

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"Could be more user friendly; deployment is a little complex.""Personally, I would not recommend this product.""Guardium's storage capabilities could use some improvement. I'd also like to have some better integration using digital technology or a connector.""The most important requirements for us are integration with new database solutions and the ability to manage things like Jailbreak or something like that. Its reduction feature can also be improved. It has a functionality called reduction, which is like masking data, but it is just a replacement of characters. Sometimes the customer needs more than this. It would be good if it was more advanced or complete. We also have a problem with this solution because the IBM aggregator isn't working very well. IBM has created big data intelligence for Guardium, and occasionally, customers need three or four months of data, but they can't run it from the collectors. It can have a better dashboard and more pre-defined use cases for those customers who don't have any idea about data protection or don't have expert personnel in this area. For example, they can include five use cases for banks and five use cases for retail.""Guardium Data Protection is far better in terms of external integration. But in terms of firewall features, like when you're blocking activities, it's as if Oracle AVDF simply has superior features. This is just from third-party observations, but the users of Oracle AVDF are saying that when it comes to the firewall and protection functionality, they're much more inclined to AVDF.""The technical support is very poor.""Flexibility could be improved.""The installation should be a bit easier."

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"The solution could improve by having more integration.""It is very expensive. Its price can be better.""Imperva needs to improve their cloud capabilities.""Its reporting can be improved. The reporting feature is currently not good enough for our clients.""Overall, it's a very good product but they could do with some modifications log-wise.""Database security from the access management perspective could be better.""It is quite expensive. I would prefer a lower price.""The updates could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its cost is good. With the new metric of licensing, such as PDO not being available now, customers are expecting a good price for the solution."
  • "For IBM Guardium, licensing is very simple and straightforward. There are no issues I can speak of."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The price of the solution could be better."
  • "Guardium is most suitable for large scale enterprises because the pricing model is better if you are implementing a large number of databases."
  • "Reasonable cost but could be lower."
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  • "They have introduced new price models, which makes the product more affordable now."
  • "The price is very high but compared to the price of the overall solution, then I think it's a good deal because the solution itself is great."
  • "It is very expensive."
  • "This is an expensive solution and the price should be reduced."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable and it requires a license."
  • "It is quite expensive. We wanted it in my former organization, but the price was very high. So, we couldn't purchase it. I moved to a different organization, and this organization has purchased it."
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    Questions from the Community
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    IBM Security Guardium Data Protection is a solution for database security from IBM that gives complete visibility, control, and analysis to secure sensitive data and comply with regulations. IBM… more »
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    The most valuable features have been how easy it is to deploy and use, as well as the comprehensive monitoring options. These are a few things that customers like most about this product.
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    Guardium is most suitable for large scale enterprises because the pricing model is better if you are implementing a large number of databases. It may be suited to medium enterprises, but to a lesser… more »
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    The beauty of it is that it provides segregation of duties. Typically, in the traditional environment, DBAs administer the database, and they have too much access. We are in the process of… more »
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    It is quite expensive. We wanted it in my former organization, but the price was very high. So, we couldn't purchase it. I moved to a different organization, and this organization has purchased it.
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    It is quite expensive. I would prefer a lower price. In terms of features, I started using it this month. I need more time to explore it.
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    Also Known As
    InfoSphere Guardium, Guardium, IBM Guardium
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    Overview

    The IBM Security Guardium portfolio empowers organizations to grow their business and prove compliance with smarter data protection capabilities. It provides complete visibility, actionable insights, real time controls and automated compliance workflows throughout the entire data protection journey, to support your most critical data protection needs.

    IBM Security Guardium delivers discovery & classification, vulnerability & risk assessments, real-time monitoring & alerting, encryption, advanced analytics and compliance reporting across structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data in on-prem (including mainframe), cloud, and across hybrid cloud environments.

    Imperva SecureSphere Database Security:

    • Audits all access to sensitive data.
    • Alerts or blocks database attacks and unauthorized activities, in real time.
    • Detects and virtually patches database vulnerabilities.
    • Identifies excessive user rights and dormant users, and enables a complete rights review cycle.
    • Accelerates incident response and forensics investigations with advanced analytics.
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    Sample Customers
    BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm39%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Healthcare Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm50%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Government6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    IBM Guardium Data Protection is ranked 1st in Database Security with 15 reviews while Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is ranked 2nd in Database Security with 11 reviews. IBM Guardium Data Protection is rated 8.2, while Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Guardium Data Protection writes "Better integration options than competitors, with affordable licensing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva SecureSphere Database Security writes "Great discovery module feature; scans and blocks whatever is necessary". IBM Guardium Data Protection is most compared with Oracle Audit Vault, Oracle Advanced Security, jSonar, Informatica Persistent Data Masking and Vormetric Application Crypto Suite, whereas Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is most compared with Oracle Audit Vault, DataSunrise Database Security, Imperva Incapsula, Trustwave DbProtect and jSonar. See our IBM Guardium Data Protection vs. Imperva SecureSphere Database Security report.

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