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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.""From the perspective of analysis and prevention, this product is pretty accurate.""Ease of deployment is a valuable feature.""The most valuable features are the reporting and data-level access control.""he solution offers trouble-free access.""One of the most valuable features is the accelerator. It has a predefined report for PCI SOX compliance and other compliances."

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"The tool happens to be very intelligent when it comes to processing policies and sounding alerts. It allows us to implement policies and measure actions against them, raising alerts accordingly.""It has a lot of different components that cover the needs of our customers.""The functionality is very useable and easy to understand.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the database security policy.""This solution has helped secure our Internet-based services, protecting us against DoS and other types of web-based attacks.""A solution which does what other name brand products do for a lower cost.""Flexible reporting allows for customization that keeps the admins from having to interact with system automation.""The most valuable feature is the Data Masking."

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Cons
"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.""Sometimes the connectors to the databases need to be manually updated and we have to configure them again, which is something that should be improved.""Flexibility could be improved.""The price of this solution is quite high for smaller organizations, so they should release a version that is affordable for small and medium-sized businesses.""The technical support is very poor.""The most important requirements for us are integration with new database solutions and the ability to manage things like Jailbreak or something like that. Its reduction feature can also be improved. It has a functionality called reduction, which is like masking data, but it is just a replacement of characters. Sometimes the customer needs more than this. It would be good if it was more advanced or complete. We also have a problem with this solution because the IBM aggregator isn't working very well. IBM has created big data intelligence for Guardium, and occasionally, customers need three or four months of data, but they can't run it from the collectors. It can have a better dashboard and more pre-defined use cases for those customers who don't have any idea about data protection or don't have expert personnel in this area. For example, they can include five use cases for banks and five use cases for retail."

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"The only challenge I see is that SecureSphere is deployed on servers or databases which are held on physical infrastructure. However, there are databases which are hosted on cloud platforms and Imperva has a separate tool altogether for that, not SecureSphere.""Integration with other databases or third-party products would be useful.""It would be better to update the solution by using a GUI that guides me, rather than through a CLI.""Technical support for this solution needs improvement.""The GUI for this solution could use some improvement.""The interface is not user-friendly.""Performance can be slow under heavy loads, but this should be adjusted by scaling.""The firewall features are not very strong and should be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"One of the deployments that I know of had three databases, and the yearly fees are approximately $50,000 USD.""Its cost is good. With the new metric of licensing, such as PDO not being available now, customers are expecting a good price for the solution."

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"The cost of support for this solution is very expensive.""Licensing fees are on a yearly basis, and it is a good value for the money.""There is an annual licensing fee for upgrading the device.""Pricing is low and scalable to add features and volume.""The pricing over-all depends on the entry level. For example, if support and maintenance are about $20,000 - $25,000, the initial cost can be five times more. It is less expensive for the company to maintain the client than to make the deployment.""We have all the licenses, which we pay for annually. The price is a little high, but the product is good.""They have introduced new price models, which makes the product more affordable now.""The price is very high but compared to the price of the overall solution, then I think it's a good deal because the solution itself is great."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: From the perspective of analysis and prevention, this product is pretty accurate.
Top Answer: Sometimes the connectors to the databases need to be manually updated and we have to configure them again, which is something that should be improved.
Top Answer: The primary use case is for ensuring compliance with databases. It allows monitoring of what kind of statements and alterations are going on, as well as who is accessing what data.
Top Answer: Performance parameters if of Imperva X10K and BIG-IP i2600 may be checked in the following links: https://www.imperva.com/resources/datasheets/Imperva-DS-SECURESPHERE-APPLIANCE-Web092118-1.pdf… more »
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InfoSphere Guardium, Guardium, IBM Guardium
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Overview

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.

Imperva SecureSphere Database Security:

  • Audits all access to sensitive data.
  • Alerts or blocks database attacks and unauthorized activities, in real time.
  • Detects and virtually patches database vulnerabilities.
  • Identifies excessive user rights and dormant users, and enables a complete rights review cycle.
  • Accelerates incident response and forensics investigations with advanced analytics.
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Sample Customers
BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm48%
Insurance Company16%
Healthcare Company12%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm13%
Insurance Company6%
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Financial Services Firm50%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Pharma/Biotech Company6%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm10%
Media Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise62%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise82%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise53%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise59%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Guardium Data Protection vs. Imperva SecureSphere Database Security and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,164 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Guardium Data Protection is ranked 2nd in Database Security with 6 reviews while Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is ranked 1st in Database Security with 17 reviews. IBM Guardium Data Protection is rated 8.2, while Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Guardium Data Protection writes "Proven record of preventing unauthorized access and modifications to our customer's data". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva SecureSphere Database Security writes "Assesses the vulnerability of the database while it is running". IBM Guardium Data Protection is most compared with Oracle Audit Vault, Vormetric Application Crypto Suite, Informatica Persistent Data Masking, Trustwave DbProtect and IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy, whereas Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is most compared with Oracle Audit Vault, DataSunrise Database Security, Imperva Incapsula, Trustwave DbProtect and Informatica Persistent Data Masking. See our IBM Guardium Data Protection vs. Imperva SecureSphere Database Security report.

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