IBM Guardium Data Protection Review

You can divide roles, creating safe access zones; manage credentials; and access rules.


What is most valuable?

  • Detailed and customizable reports with real-time alerts for the full vision of database/files activity.
  • Versatile rules for access control in real-time including blocking, masking, etc.: These rules are really helpful to fulfill enterprise security specifications. With them, you could divide roles, creating safe access zones; manage credentials; and access rules. The rules are easy to develop and customize.

What needs improvement?

  • UI: Version 10 of Guardium was introduced with a new UI that was completely redesigned. Some fast-access functions and options are not easy to find in the new UI.
  • Real-time masking is a bit simple and doesn't allow you to create complex masking rules.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have about one year of hands-on experience.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 9/10. I participated in communication with tech support only once.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I did not previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is straightforward. All the commands are simple to understand. The installation guide is simple and comprehensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I evaluated Imperva products.

What other advice do I have?

This product could by easily used with other security products; for example, SIEM products such as IBM QRadar and ArcSight.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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