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Anonymous User
Real User
Senior information security analyst at PFG
Mar 20 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable is the GUI, the interface. It also interfaces well with REST API, if you want to automate some of the commands. Inside the GUI… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has really helped identify areas that we need to fix. It also identifies, from a compliance standpoint, records we can provide. It shows us just… more»

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see a smoother GUI interface for the CAS agent - CAS does configurations on the database - to interface better with the vulnerability… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The company I work for now had the product when I came in. In terms of important criteria when selecting a vendor, they include what support is… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of 10. To make it a 10 they would need to do streamlining of some of the agent features, some of the patches, make it… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Application Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 20 2018

What is most valuable?

I'm not aware of our using any of the existing advanced features. I was only in on the initial implementation, so if they have added new things… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's another layer to help us identify, especially from audit perspectives. It's allowing us to be more proactive than reactive on alerts and… more»

What needs improvement?

If I used it every day I'd probably be able to give you a really good answer. But I don't.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We knew there was a gap that needed to be filled, I believe, when they engaged IBM. We had some pretty specific, and general, requirements around… more»

What other advice do I have?

If it's the vendor or a third-party telling you how things should be set up out of the gate, go with that and don't argue with them. That saves a… more»
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Sidney Monteiro
Real User
Information Security Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is using the capture operation mode “S-TAP/K-TAP agent”, because all activities in the database… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Improved security through the visibility and control of all access to the databases.

What needs improvement?

I have already mentioned to IBM that a primary need is to improve the number of records in the reports above 65,535.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of Guardium is higher than the main competitor, Imperva. In addition, it's complex as the calculation of the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Initially, there were two solutions to be evaluated: Oracle and Imperva. Oracle DAP was not evaluated because it does not… more»

What other advice do I have?

* Read important articles related to DAP such as the "2017 Planning Guide for Security and Risk Management." * Gather… more»
Vincent Ricchio
Real User
Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Satisfies audit requests, to give us an idea if anybody is accessing our privileged user IDs without our knowledge. We don't use any of the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's more secure. The big issue is satisfying audit requirements, that is really big in our company right now. We also use Guardium to support… more»

What needs improvement?

Right now we're having some issues where it's using a high CPU, we don't know why. So, better testing before the product is ready would help.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our previous solution was manual. Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor are reliability, the reputation, and the product itself has… more»

What other advice do I have?

I give it a nine out of 10. It's not perfect: Issues like using a high CPU and, in the beginning, it was a little unclear on how to install it… more»
Lawrence Wells
Real User
IT Security Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* Our ability to see when users are accessing sensitive data. * The front-end works very well. * Gathering the data works very well. We are using quite a few of the advanced features. Some of those include some scripting for integration with our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the greatest benefits for using Guardium is our ability to monitor sensitive data. With current policy and GDPR for international, then audited compliance for monitoring access to sensitive data, it is very critical for our industry in… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the limitations that everyone who uses Guardium knows is its ability for back-end reporting. Guardium in and of itself is a big data platform. It creates big data all by itself. The ability to collect it sometimes is easier than the… more»
Brian Dessoffy
Real User
Security Analyst at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Some of its reporting capabilities. Guardium does a great job of capturing data and having the ability of trying to pull… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the way our organization functions. It has automated a bunch of manual tasks, giving us insights into… more»

What needs improvement?

Overall testing and quality need improvement. It is fairly buggy at times, so it feels like it could use additional staff… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you are researching this type of solution, work with IBM.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We invested in Guardium because of regulatory compliance issues. Guardium is the only product in the market that could… more»

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The ability to meet requirements. * Costing * Scalability and market… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Systems DBA at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 22 2018

What is most valuable?

Probably the most valuable feature for me, in my role as systems DBA, is the expediting of internal and external audits.

How has it helped my organization?

I think we have a better handle on who is accessing our data. We use Guardium to support security initiatives and compliance policies within our… more»

What needs improvement?

The one thing that I would like to see improved, but I don't think it's going to be in the next release, is its reporting capabilities. I think… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had rolled our own stuff to do some of what Guardium does, but I think it was organizational recognition that switching was something that… more»

What other advice do I have?

It does a good job for what it's designed to do. You may want to look into the enhanced reporting that's available by the third party, because some… more»
Ketankumar Thakkar
Real User
Sr. Security Engineer
Mar 28 2018

What is most valuable?

In terms of advanced features, we are using the Database Activity Monitoring and the Vulnerability Assessment as well. Now we are thinking of using the GDPR because that's going to be… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use Guardium to support security initiatives and compliance policies within the organization. For example, an audit comes in once every three months or six months. In that case… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend it. It's easy to use and it can save a lot of headaches, by just implementing it and being able to ask at the time of audit. When it comes to audits… more»
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