IBM Security Guardium Reviews

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January 13, 2020
Zinnur Dikici, Msc | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use it as the main solution for monitoring database activity in a bank. I have used IBM Guardium in companies that I worked with before. We use IBM Guardium for tracking database activities and also detection vulnerabilities such as SQLi at a database. The main requirements for use are to detect unusual activities in our company and meet industry regulations. We like the architecture of IBM Guardium.
  • Very stable product.
  • The architectural structure of the product provides very stable usage.
  • The product is not very user friendly.
  • Sometimes building queries and reports can be very complicated.
The product integration is very bad on the SIEM platform. We also use IBM Qradar (the same product). While alerts can be sent successfully with Syslog, admin activities cannot be sent successfully. According to us, alert/query flexibility is very successful. Also, data masking is better at alerts, queries or reports. Due to its architecture, the management of all components is very efficient. Database vulnerability scanning with the same agent is also excellent.
In the last few years there has been slow and unsolved in support from IBM. Not only for IBM Guardium but also for other IBM products.
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November 12, 2019
Allyson Ylvisaker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Our whole company utilizes Security Guardium. Working at the homeless shelter, we manage numerous private cases and sensitive material on data basis. We must keep everything secure and private to ensure the integrity of the information. We must safeguard our critical data as much as possible and use IBM's services in order to do this.
  • Safeguard sensitive client information and data.
  • Prevents leaks from databases to ensure the most secure knowledge and details our company has.
  • Easy-to-use features and a user-friendly platform for all levels of expertise.
  • Needs a clearer user agreement and authorization policy.
  • Needs to be more clear and straightforward about how exactly it reduces data risks and keeps things secure.
  • I wish there were fewer steps to get started in the program, it is easier to use, but it needs to be quicker.
When dealing with client information, IBM Security Guardium is well suited. Also, when dealing with internal company secrets and data, IBM will make sure it is secure and safe. Scenarios where it is less appropriate could be for the general public and individuals rather than larger companies. I believe that this service is well intended and useful.
There has been great support coming from IBM. It is easy to use and a great way to keep our data secure. I would recommend this to other possible users and if I were to move companies, I would recommend we use this there too. Thank you.
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September 24, 2018
Adem Çeltik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Security Guardium is a very useful tool to classify the sensitive data on your relational or non-relational databases, and monitor the activities of end users that can access the databases, like DBAs, Application Developers, etc. It supports almost every database and operating system platforms on our environment, so we can use it wherever our critical data is stored. IBM Security Guardium also helps organizations to be ready for audits like SOX, PCI, HIPAA, GDPR and etc. It has accelerators to be ready for almost every popular audits. The predefined policies and reports help us to pass the audits.

As everybody knows, GDPR will affect all the auditing mechanisms in the organizations. Every organizations store data that are subject to GDPR. IBM Security Guardium can easily find the tables,fields, views that stores the GDPR related data with its predefined classifications policies. It is free with base license. We are also using Guardium Vulnerability assessment tool to find the vulnerabilities about privilege, configuration and authentication on our databases.
  • Activity Monitoring : IBM Guardium monitors our databases without changing any configurations on the databases and servers. The STAP agent that push the SQL traffic from the database server to Guardium collectors is very robust, and it runs with minimum requirements.
  • You can define the activities to the finest detail in the policies to take actions. You can define the critical activities for your organizations and take the real time alerts for critical activities.
  • Classification : It has pre-defined Classification policies for GDPR to find critical data locations on our databases. Classification policy builder is easy to use if you want to write your own classification policy.
  • Reporting mechanism is very straight forward, to find logs. You can easily schedule them to distribute your colleagues to review them.
  • GUI was very complex older than v10, it becomes a little bit easy to use, but the user interface should be developed to become easier.
  • The error logs are hard to understand. If there is an issue about any function, the error messages cannot be understand easily.
IBM Security Guardium is an end-to-end DB security solution. You can detect critical data on your databases, and monitor your database activities , and you can block some critical sqls that the users should not be run.
IBM Security Guardium is not appropriate for monitoring applications traffic, because when you want to monitor application traffic, you cannot define the end user easily, and the SQL activities are difficult to interpret the jobs on the application.
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IBM Security Guardium Scorecard Summary

What is 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 matter where it is stored.

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