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Imperva SecureSphere Database Security Room for Improvement

Derrick Akankwasa - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security Engineer at Isolutions Associates Ltd (ISOLS)

I've been part of various projects and also interact with clients because I do pre-sales. Most of the feedback I receive relates to clients wanting to see an improvement in the reporting. They like the ability and functionality of the solution but they feel the reporting is lacking. The general feeling is also that the GUI has been the same for a very long time and there is room for improvement there. It could look a little better and then if the reports are also improved that would make a big difference all round. 

From a basic implementation point of view, there are some features that are very technical, clients want everything very granular and they always say Imperva bundles everything. You do a signature, and ABC updates and you trust what the ABC is doing. I think if it were a little more granular and detailed in terms of how, for example, a query stream is being detected or something like that, rather than just blocking something, it would give the administrator a better view and understanding of what's happening. 

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Core Banking Application Support at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The feature right now that we have not been able to use successfully is the firewall aspect, the WAF.

In terms of the WAF, we tried their blocking functionality at some point, and our entire company came to a halt due to the fact that it was blocking even database connections. It was hanging our databases. Until now, we've not been able to fully use their database blocking functionality very well. That is the only aspect that I wish could be improved tomorrow.

The entire system is not user-friendly for me, and definitely not as user-friendly as Oracle Vault. It should be more user-friendly, to make it much more competitive in the space. 

The technical support is not offered by the company itself. Rather, you can only get technical support via partners. It isn't that good and because of this, we want to leave the product.

The solution is expensive.

If we can look at a system that can do 360 annual. There is an app call bridge that is something they've introduced, however, we don't have that yet. I don't know if that is able to do application monitoring as well, but I wish they had a feature that could do both the database and application monitoring.

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Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

What I would like to see improved is Imperva making further development in terms of them going to the Cloud. Our business is moving to the cloud, so we want to have cloud availability as an option. Imperva can do the cloud database, but they are still working at building it out and it does not seem to me to be fully operational.  

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Manager - IT Security

They can maybe look at its pricing model. Its pricing could be cheaper for the African countries or developing economies.

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Mangalik Pal - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Security Engineer at SNSIN

Some cloud versions are not supported by the agent. For example, we had a client that wanted to move to the cloud and wanted to use AWS, however, it was not possible. Imperva should have every kind of agent.

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Senior Database Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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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MariyaKuklyeva - PeerSpot reviewer
BDM at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

Imperva SecureSphere Database Security could improve the database defense feature called camouflage. This feature was responsible for the data mask but now it does not work well and we need another solution. All our banks have teams that are regarded with care and they need to mask sensitive data in order to provide testing to developers.

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Security Engineer at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

The support could be improved.

The product needs to perform better in extremely busy databases. It does not do really well where the DB is extremely, extremely busy. 

The updates could be better.

The UI can be improved. 

The ability to narrow down to the right environment could be helpful. They need to allow users to find an easy way to drill down to what's important.

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Database Security Specialist

Sometimes the reports are cumbersome, and you have to drill down to get more information. SecureSphere also sometimes needs a lot of maintenance to keep the agents running on the database. In the next release, Imperva should include a preventative solution that will stop an attack before it happens or read the behavior of particular accounts and act on it. They should also make SecureSphere available on mobile so that if an administrator isn't on-prem, he can access the solution via the internet wherever he may be.

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Deputy Director/IT Infrastructure & Security at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

The system reports vulnerabilities in my vulnerability assessment, but I need something to generate warning messages.

I would like to see integration such that there is support for different kinds of environments, such as on-premises versus cloud.

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Rana Shahid - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Manager at gwc networks

Overall, it's a very good product but they could do with some modifications log-wise — it should be more comprehensive. Otherwise, 95% of the product is very good.

The interface could be more user-friendly.

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Chairman & CEO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

It is very expensive. Its price can be better.

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Information Security Specialist with 51-200 employees

Its reporting can be improved. The reporting feature is currently not good enough for our clients.

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Security Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution could improve by having more integration.

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Imperva SecureSphere Database Security
June 2022
Learn what your peers think about Imperva SecureSphere Database Security. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2022.
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