Database Security Tools

Database Security Tools Overview

What are Database Security Tools?

Database security tools provide specialized protection for databases in addition to existing endpoint and network security products. In theory, databases are already protected against malicious activity by firewalls and intrusion detection systems. However, databases require their own protection. Specialized protection is necessary to protect against database-specific threats and because databases have had to become more accessible to wider ranges of users. Tools have also specialized to protect a mix of databases deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.


In broad terms, unauthorized access to a database compromises potential loss of data confidentiality, integrity and availability. Since corporate databases frequently contain valuable client data and other sensitive information, protecting databases from malicious intent is often a high priority. Proper database security can also be necessary to comply with data regulations in certain industries. Some tools will also provide security-adjacent features, such as tracking user actions and interactions with the database.


Common methods for securing databases directly include:

  • Access control to prevent unauthorized access by implementing multifactor authentication and other data management controls

  • Physical security of database and servers from tampering

  • Monitoring or auditing databases for vulnerabilities

  • Antivirus/antimalware protection

  • SQL injections prevention

  • Targeted data corruption or denial of service prevention

  • Data encryption

Database Security Comparison

When comparing different database security tools, consider the following factors:

  • Security Features: Database security can encompass a wide range of actual features, which will vary by product. Consider which discrete features are the highest priority for the business. Also evaluate these needs given the other preexisting endpoint or network security tools available. Dedicated database security tools should fill in any vulnerabilities left by these existing tools.

  • Implementation and Integration: How easily can each product be implemented across the organization’s databases? This is most relevant for larger organizations with multiple different databases deployed. Also consider how easily it integrates with other security systems, such as SIEM or log management platforms.


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Database Security Products

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Netwrix Data Security Platform

Netwrix Auditor is designed to enable auditing of the broadest variety of IT systems, including Active Directory, Exchange, file servers, SharePoint, SQL Server, VMware and Windows Server. It also supports monitoring of privileged user activity in all other systems. According to…

IBM Security Guardium

IBM Security Guardium (formerly InfoSphere Guardium) is IBM's database security solution, that aims to offer organizations comprehensive visibility, actionable insights and real-time controls to help users comply with regulations, preserve privacy and secure your sensitive data — no…

Sophos Intercept X for Server

Sophos now offers Intercept X for Server, as a server-specific version of its popular endpoint security solution, featuring advanced malware detection and prevention, ransomware protection, and hacker deterrents.

Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

Oracle's Audit Vault and database firewall is a database security option.

McAfee Data Center Security Suite

McAfee Data Center Security Suite (formerly the Sentrigo Hedgehog Data Center Security Suite of products) is a database security option. McAfee acquired Sentrigo in 2011 to grow its own database security offerings.

DbProtect

DbProtect from Chicago-based Trustwave is a database security option.

Imperva Data Security (formerly SecureSphere for Data)

Imperva Data Security (formerly SecureSphere for Data) is an enterprise application and file security suite, combining database and file security management and monitoring under its database.

Trend Micro ServerProtect

Trend Micro's ServerProtect is a malware and virus protection available for NAS storage devices, and other server systems.

FortiDB

FortiDB from Fortinet in San Francisco is a database security option.

Protegrity Data Protection Platform

Protegrity Data Protection Platform classifies and discovers data while protecting it, first classifying data, allowing users to categorize the type of data that can mostly be in the public domain. With those classifications established, the platform then leverages machine learning…

DBrow - Smart Database Browser

DBrow is a web based database portal that can be used to query, view, and share data in the business user’s relational databases on RDS. There is no need to connect to the databases from user desktops, as cloud database endpoints can be secured further. Individual records and query…

IDERA SQL Secure

IDERA SQL Secure

Starting Price $1,036

SQL Secure from Idera Software in Houston, Texas is a database security offering.

IDM365

IDM365

Starting Price $10

IDM365 is a hybrid between RBAC and ABAC and is a unique identity and access management solution that is designed to make managing systems and governing users simple and cost-effective. To do this, automated tools are used to clean up and organize existing users and roles before…

Voltage SecureData (formerly HP Data Security Voltage)

Voltage SecureData (formerly HP Data Security Voltage) is a line of data center security products acquired by HPE in 2015 and then acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett Packard Enterprise in 2017.

DataSunrise Database & Data Security

DataSunrise Database & Data Security is a cross-platform, high-performance software. DataSunrise delivers Real-Time Database Security and Compliance, in Clouds solutions such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud. It is also available on-premise.DataSunrise secures databases…

Symantec Data Center Security

Docker containers make it easy to develop, deploy, and deliver applications where containers can be deployed and brought down in a matter of seconds. This flexibility makes it very useful for DevOps to automate deployment of containers. Symantec Data Center Security: Server Advanced…

IBM Security zSecure

IBM Security offers the zSecure suite of mainframe security applications for intrusion and threat detection and prevention, system management facility (SMF) audit, audit analysis and reporting, and other related applications.

IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services

IBM Hyper Protect Crypto Services provides a key management and cloud hardware security module (HSM) to encrypt and protect keys.

Kaspersky Security for Storage

Kaspersky Security for Storage is a software product that supports a number of long term or NAS storage devices with malicious attack or theft prevention, from Kaspersky Labs.

Kogni

Kogni continuously discovers, classifies and protects sensitive data across organizations regardless of source or location of data. The vendor states that Kogni's use of AI & machine learning capabilities mitigates the possibility of data breaches with near-perfect detection…

Cisco Secure Workload (Tetration)

The Cisco Secure Workload (formerly Tetration) platform offers holistic workload protection for multicloud data centers by enabling a zero-trust model using segmentation. This approach allows users to identify security incidents faster, contain lateral movement, and reduce the attack…

D'Amo

Korean company Penta Security offers the D'Amo suite of database security products.

dbWatch

According to the vendor, dbWatch is a complete and scalable database monitoring solution, helping enterprises monitor and manage any number of SQLServer and Oracle database servers efficiently. dbWatch also supports Azure, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Sybase. The vendor promises that dbWatch…

Syncsort Assure Security

Syncsort offers Assure Security a complete IBM i security solution that includes features that assess risks, monitor for compliance, ensure data privacy and control access to your systems and data.

jSonar, from Imperva

jSonar is a database security all-in-one platform the vendor states is built for simplifying today’s complex and costly approach to database security. The solution aims to deliver a 360-degree view of their database security and compliance program across any on-premise and cloud…

Frequently Asked Questions

What do database security tools do?

Database security tools prevent unauthorized access to, tampering with, or removal of database data or systems. Database security tools will use a range of capabilities and functions to comprehensively secure a given database.

Who uses database security tools?

Database security tools should be used to some extent in every database within an organization. Usually, database security tools are administered by security specialists or database administrators.

What are the benefits of database security software?

Database security software secures sensitive data, ensuring organizations remain compliant with data regulations and don’t lose access to or control over sensitive data within the org.