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IBM Security Guardium

IBM Security Guardium is IBM's data security posture management 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 matter where…

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Rubrik is cloud data management and enterprise backup software provided by Palo Alto-based Rubrik, Inc. It is a software platform that provides backup, instant recovery, archival, search, analytics, compliance, and copy data management in one secure fabric across data centers and…


Cohesity is a leader in AI-powered data security and management. Cohesity protects the world’s most critical data workloads across on-prem, cloud-native, and SaaS with backup and recovery, threat intelligence, cyber vaulting, files and objects, and recovery orchestration.

IBM Security Guardium

IBM Security Guardium is IBM's data security posture management 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 matter where…

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Netwrix Auditor

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…

NetApp ONTAP Data Management Software

NetApp's ONTAP Data Management Software is a storage and data management and protection solution. ONTAP 9 allows users to build an intelligent hybrid cloud that is the foundation of a NetApp Data Fabric that spans flash, disk, and cloud. Flexibly deploy storage on a choice of…

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.


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…

Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

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

VMware Carbon Black App Control

VMware Carbon Black App Control (formerly CB Protection) is an application control product, used to lock down servers and critical systems, prevent unwanted changes and ensure continuous compliance with regulatory mandates. VMware acquired Carbon Black October 2019.


Morphisec, headquartered in Boston, provides advanced security solutions for midsize to small enterprises around the globe. They aim to simplify security and can automatically block modern attacks from the endpoint to the cloud. Contrasted with security solutions that rely on human…

Trend Micro ServerProtect

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

Imperva Data Security

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.

Trellix Data Center Security Suite

Trellix 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.


Cyral is a cloud-native Security-as-Code solution to protect the modern data layer. It allows engineering teams to observe, secure, and manage data endpoints in a cloud via a sidecar.

Trustwave DbProtect

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


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

IDERA SQL Compliance Manager

SQL Compliance Manager helps database administrators to monitor, audit, and alert on Microsoft SQL Server user activity and data changes. The vendor states it provides quick configuration of audit settings, a broad list of regulatory guideline templates for audit settings and reports,…

Effivity Information Security Management  System Software

Effivity's Information Security Management System (ISMS) software helps organizations protect their sensitive information and comply with regulatory requirements. With customizable modules, the software is designed to adapt to fit the unique needs of any organization. Effivity's…

Mage Data Platform

The Mage Data Platform (formerly MENTIS) aims to enable data security while equipping users with the tools to respond to compliance-related requests like the Right to Know and Right to Erasure in a swift and efficient manner. Users can Discover, Protect, and Monitor enterprise sensitive…

CipherTrust Database Protection

CipherTrust Database Protection, from Thales, provides column-level database encryption with an architecture that the vendor states can provide high-availability to ensure that every database write and read happens at almost the speed of an unprotected database.

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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…

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

Precisely Assure Security

Assure Security from Precisely (formerly Syncsort Assure Security) is an IBM i security solution that includes features that assess risks, monitor for compliance, ensure data privacy and control access to systems and data.

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Code-X is the data security company that works to protect sensitive information and systems. Powered by proprietary lattice-based technology, Code-X delivers a system and device-friendly platform that applies security from the moment of data creation throughout its entire life cycle.…

DATAPLUS Omega DB Security Reporter

A reliable Assessing and Reporting on the security posture of the Oracle database is an indispensable component on establishing strong security controls and meeting security compliance requirements. The focus of this approach covers a wide range of security aspects and the task…

Learn More About Database Security Tools

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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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.