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Real User
Trusted Security Advisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 06 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has a lot of functionality and there are hundreds of use cases for it. We are talking about the database, which is the main business core for the company… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of our clients is a passport authority, and they were able to successfully apply this solution to detect corruption within their organization. There had been some… more»

What needs improvement?

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. Specifically, it… more»

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

In the past, the pricing of IBM Guardium was very complex. It was dependent on the number of CPUs and other things to support the servers. Nowadays, things have changed… more»

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

I cannot recall an instance where a customer switched to this solution from another one that they already had in place. We have been assisting people with migrating from… more»

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to implementing this solution, it is important for people to know exactly what they need to do. This includes what they need to monitor, what they need to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The main competitor in the market is Imperva. They were originally not allowed in the Kingdom because of their country of origin, but they now have a local Saudi team… more»
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 they've really done a lot, especially from version 9 to version 10, in how they lay it out and… 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 how secure we are overall, as a company, rather than just trying to do things here and… 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 assessments. I'd also like to make sure that the data sources can be more easily managed… 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 like, how trustworthy the company is, and how they respect their clients.

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 a little bit more user-friendly on the documentation. In terms of advice, I would make sure… more»
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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 since then, I'm not aware of it.

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 access rights and types of resources that are being hit… 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 auditing and security. I don't recall who else they… 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 lot of time. I would rate it a nine out of 10. It has… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I don't know. They went through the RFP process and selected the tool, and then I got involved, and then I hopped back out.
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 are captured, including direct access to the database server by privileged… 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 licensing is done by Processor Value Unit (PVU). However, before purchasing a DAP… 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 monitor Linux or Windows Server-only environments. I evaluated Imperva and got… 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 information from the servers (operating system with version and database types… 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 advanced features. Regarding other features we would like to… 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 security initiatives and compliance policies within our… 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 to deliver in an efficient manner. Our company is… 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. This is only on the mainframe side. In terms of advice… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not actually PoC anybody else.
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 other security tools in the environment along with… 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 healthcare. We use IBM Guardium to support security… 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 ability to retrieve it, use it, or give a good… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other vendors. Guardium was a large purchase. We did our due diligence as we were responsible for the purchase process. Guardium won mostly because of our scope and scale. It was able to perform at the scale that we wanted to use it.
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 it out and make sense of it. Using it for business… 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 activities that we would not otherwise be able to… 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 on the product, testing and trying it out. I… 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 meet these needs.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The ability to meet requirements. * Costing * Scalability and market share.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Only Guardium.
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 organization. Our internal audit is keeping an eye out… 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 that's been offloaded to another third-party product… 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 needed to be done. The monitoring and reporting was… 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 of the report-building features are not as nice as… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate others, but I couldn't tell you what they were because that was a couple of years ago.
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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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