Compare Fortinet FortiDB vs. IBM Guardium Data Protection

Fortinet FortiDB is ranked 4th in Database Security with 4 reviews while IBM Guardium Data Protection is ranked 1st in Database Security with 24 reviews. Fortinet FortiDB is rated 8.2, while IBM Guardium Data Protection is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiDB writes "The cloud tools are able to test for ransomware when the firewall picks up something suspicous". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Guardium Data Protection writes "Proven record of preventing unauthorized access and modifications to our customer's data". Fortinet FortiDB is most compared with Imperva SecureSphere Database Security, IBM Guardium Data Protection and Oracle Audit Vault, whereas IBM Guardium Data Protection is most compared with Imperva SecureSphere Database Security, Oracle Audit Vault and Informatica Secure@Source. See our Fortinet FortiDB vs. IBM Guardium Data Protection report.
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We use it to protect files and to prevent users from browsing them while they are being used.The most valuable features of this solution are the security aspects.It is extremely stable, and can expand as per our needs due to its stability.The biggest thing, for us lately, has been their cloud tools. They're like Intercept X from Sophos, where they'll test for ransomware. Fortinet has the same sort of set up with their cloud devices. So your firewall picks up something suspicious, it sends it up to the cloud for analysis. We also have their in-house antivirus. Having different antivirus checkpoints throughout the network is a good thing as well.

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It allows us to put in controls to make sure that only the right persons access the proper records in the database.Audit Process Builder – Workflow generator to enhance audit tasks and compliance workflows.Compliance Quick Start – Quick, GUI, step-by-step guide to automate compliance and give the customer a quick ROI.The most valuable feature is using the capture operation mode “S-TAP/K-TAP agent”, because all activities in the database are captured, including direct access to the database server by privileged users. This is useful because, even if the database server logs were deleted, the Guardium Collector has already stored such data to enable traceability of access.The possible number of databases and database servers which can be monitored by Guardium is high. For me, this is a differentiator of IBM.Encryption is not straightforward, but Guardium made the setup easy for us.Supports security initiatives and ensures compliance policies.We now have the ability to begin to understand how people, applications, and service accounts are interacting with data to better protect it.

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They need to improve the web filter to make it more user-friendly.The pricing of this solution is a little bit on the high side and can be improved.We had some issues trying to fix some critical bugs, such as the SSL encryption.I'm an old-school guy. I really don't like web GUI interfaces. They're always slow and laggy and their design is restricted, whereas a binary deployment for an admin tool is always faster, easier, more flexible. I would like that kind of functionality from Fortinet.

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The biggest complaint that I hear from customers and users is that using this solution requires database skills, yet it is a security and monitoring tool.Needs easier integration with custom applications.I have already mentioned to IBM that a primary need is to improve the number of records in the reports above 65,535.It needs an integration with Optum.​It will not go as fast as you want. ​Initial setup is very complex. Once you start interacting with people's databases, they get very hesitant. Then, the amount of social tasks to socialize the solution ensuring people are comfortable with it became a much heavier lift.Initially it did not have support external applications like, say, Tableau, ServiceNow, Remedy, and the like. They have started growing into it, but I would like to have more and more integration with outside applications.I am struggling getting through to social.

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The cost needs to be reduced.In the licensing model, the licenses are a little bit expensive.It is not expensive.It's relatively inexpensive in comparison to everything else that has the same functionality. If you're looking at SonicWall or if you're looking at WatchGuard, their prices are about a third higher with relatively the same functionality.

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One of the deployments that I know of had three databases, and the yearly fees are approximately $50,000 USD.The price of Guardium is higher than the main competitor, Imperva. In addition, it's complex as the calculation of the licensing is done by Processor Value Unit (PVU). However, before purchasing a DAP solution, it is important to analyze specific points to evaluate the cost-benefit of each tool. For example: Does the environment to be monitored have mainframes? If so, it's a point for Guardium. If not, a point for Imperva. Note: IBM is looking into a new licensing policy and reducing the price of Guardium.The biggest challenge is the cost associated with the product, and the cost of maintaining. Everything is not translated directly to the benefits we see. There are benefits, yes, but if I were writing the check, would I buy Guardium? No.Guardium won mostly because of our scope and scale. It was able to perform at the scale that we wanted to use it. ​​If you are researching this type of solution, work with IBM.Guardium has not saved us time or money.I would suggest to review the type of data, need for security, and if the organizational structure needs the options IBM Guardium provides.

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FortiDB, FortiGuard Database SecurityInfoSphere Guardium, Guardium, IBM Guardium
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Overview

FortiDB software is a comprehensive database security and compliance platform that helps large enterprises and cloud-based service providers protect their databases and applications from internal and external threats. Its flexible policy framework allows you to quickly and easily implement internal IT control frameworks for database activity monitoring, IT audit and regulatory compliance.

The IBM Security Guardium portfolio empowers organizations to grow their business and prove compliance with smarter data protection capabilities. It provides complete visibility, actionable insights, real time controls and automated compliance workflows throughout the entire data protection journey, to support your most critical data protection needs.

IBM Security Guardium delivers discovery & classification, vulnerability & risk assessments, real-time monitoring & alerting, encryption, advanced analytics and compliance reporting across structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data in on-prem (including mainframe), cloud, and across hybrid cloud environments.

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Financial Services Firm48%
Insurance Company17%
Healthcare Company13%
Government9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
Financial Services Firm13%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise63%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise86%
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