Compare IBM Guardium Data Protection vs. Informatica Data Masking

IBM Guardium Data Protection is ranked 1st in Database Security with 23 reviews while Informatica Data Masking is ranked 8th in Database Security with 1 review. IBM Guardium Data Protection is rated 8.2, while Informatica Data Masking is rated 9.0. 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 Informatica Data Masking writes "Data transformation and test management features allow us to work with unstructured data". IBM Guardium Data Protection is most compared with Imperva SecureSphere Database Security, Oracle Audit Vault and Informatica Secure@Source, whereas Informatica Data Masking is most compared with IBM Guardium Data Protection, Protegrity Data Security and IBM InfoSphere Optim.
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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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The most valuable feature is data discovery. This is the most exciting feature for all of the banks.

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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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I have encountered some issues using the substitution, which is one of the techniques of data masking.

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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.

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InfoSphere Guardium, Guardium, IBM GuardiumData Masking
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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.

De-identify, de-sensitize, and anonymize sensitive data from unauthorized access for application users, business intelligence, application testing, and outsourcing.

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Sample Customers
Vale, Hot Telecommunication, UPMC
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm48%
Insurance Company17%
Healthcare Company13%
Government9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company24%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider9%
Insurance Company7%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise63%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise84%
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