Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Guardium vs. Imperva SecureSphere Database Security and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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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.
The most valuable feature is the Data Masking.
Flexible reporting allows for customization that keeps the admins from having to interact with system automation.
A solution which does what other name brand products do for a lower cost.
This solution has helped secure our Internet-based services, protecting us against DoS and other types of web-based attacks.
The most valuable feature of this solution is the database security policy.
The functionality is very useable and easy to understand.
It has a lot of different components that cover the needs of our customers.
As we are very sensitive to financial impacts, this product provides great protection for our organization.
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.
The firewall features are not very strong and should be improved.
Performance can be slow under heavy loads, but this should be adjusted by scaling.
The interface is not user-friendly.
The GUI for this solution could use some improvement.
Technical support for this solution needs improvement.
It would be better to update the solution by using a GUI that guides me, rather than through a CLI.
Integration with other databases or third-party products would be useful.
I would like to see improvement in the integration part of the tool. This should be an easy process.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
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.
Pricing is low and scalable to add features and volume.
There is an annual licensing fee for upgrading the device.
Licensing fees are on a yearly basis, and it is a good value for the money.
The cost of support for this solution is very expensive.
The price is a little high, but the product is good.
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|InfoSphere Guardium, Guardium|
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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