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Danish Ansari
Real User
Senior IT Security Specialist at National Water Company
Jun 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The features which are most valuable are from the security perspective. We do not have other specific tools for vulnerability assessment. The package allows user activity… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It addresses our needs and our clients' needs for Oracle DB reporting.

What needs improvement?

The GUI needs to be improved and made more user-friendly. This solution is a little complicated compared with other solutions for database auditing because of the GUI… more»

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

I don't know the exact prices because that is a function of accounting, but I know service is contracted on a yearly basis. We purchased the minimal license for Imperva… more»

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

Before Imperva, we used IBM Guardium. We switched because of the price. With IBM Guardium we were charged for features we never needed to use. We were using it only for… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give Imperva an eight out of ten as a solution. It meets our requirements equally to what we got from IBM Guardium which we went with based on little more than… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a comparison between Imperva and IBM Guardium before making the switch. The comparison was based on two things: auditing the databases and monitoring user… more»
FredBbaale
Reseller
CEO at eLAAB Limited
Jun 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The reporting ends up being the most visible feature even though the protection and automated blocking are as valuable. The reporting is very flexible, and users can… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to automate reports simplifies what an organization has to do. Even the in-built reports are quite useful. But customization can make the product experience… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the support needs more improvement than the product. The support we get struggles a bit to provide solutions. They take additional time to respond to support… more»

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

Licenses are yearly. We normally try to negotiate a perpetual license but separate annual support and maintenance. The pricing over-all depends on the entry level. For… more»

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

Most of the time, the customers I deal with pick products which have a particular reputation. That may lead to their decision to go with Imperva.

What other advice do I have?

Imperva is a good product if you look at its core functionality and the way it's built. It's a newer product and very consistent. Oracle has been around a long time and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Normally, in this region, clients look at McAfee and Oracle security solutions first because of recognition. Our suggestions are normally to compare Imperva and Oracle… more»
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Ajay-Chattwal
Real User
Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 31 2019

What is most valuable?

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. That is the best feature.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us look into who's doing what, particularly on databases related to critical applications. That's the way we see it as useful. We've been using it for four or five years now, and it has been bringing in the value that we expected it to.

What needs improvement?

Comparing it with other products in the market, we definitely see that Imperva SecureSphere is head-to-head with the likes of McAfee, IBM Guardium, and others. It's definitely good. The only challenge I see is that SecureSphere is deployed on servers or databases which are held on physical… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to go to IT CentralStation and download the report on database security tools. In general, it's all about the policies that you put into the tool to get the output. The tool itself is pretty smart. As someone who is designing the policies or the outputs or the queries, it is like… more»
Sanjeet Kumar Bhuyan
Real User
Senior IT Governance and Security Specialist and Technical Auditor at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 29 2019

What is most valuable?

* DB Activity Monitoring * DB Firewall * CounterBreach Their web application firewall (WAF) is quite good.

How has it helped my organization?

As we are very sensitive to financial impacts, this product provides great protection for our organization. It enabled us to monitor the most critical DBA activities, and… more»

What needs improvement?

They have to put more focus on the administrative part of the application, especially on upgrades. There are a lot of packages to download and install that you have to be… more»

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

We have all the licenses, which we pay for annually. The price is a little high, but the product is good.

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

We previously used IBM Guardium. Before 2015, it was bit complicated to use.

What other advice do I have?

Identify the proper use cases, then implement it. Resource overhead management is a good option. The OS chain option provides the real user behind the DB application user.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Guardium.
Real User
Unix System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include the compliance with standards for security in web applications, and the ability to detect vulnerabilities.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped secure our Internet-based services, protecting us against DoS and other types of web-based attacks.

What needs improvement?

The GUI for this solution could use some improvement. I would like to see better support for countries in the Middle East, and other places that do not have direct access… more»

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

This is an affordable solution. There is an annual licensing fee for upgrading the device.

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

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

Imperva is a product leader in this line, and it is very good. In fact, I have experience with other products, and I would say that this solution is best-in-class. If we… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

After we undertook wide research and development, we found that this product is suitable for us. Two of the products that we looked at in addition to this one were… more»
Andrii Ponomarenko
Real User
IT Security at rmrf-tech
Jun 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the protection from Botnets. The DDoS attack is one of the things that it protects against. The functionality is very useable and easy to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution provides analytics using rules in the application. For example, it can report who most often uses certain queries.

What needs improvement?

It would be better to update the solution by using a GUI that guides me, rather than through a CLI. It would be best if it were simply updated automatically from an admin… more»

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

Licensing fees are on a yearly basis, and it is a good value for the money.

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

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

There are many functions in this solution that I do not use at this time. This is a fine product, and one of the best. We needed it for DDoS protection and for Botnet… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not involved in the selection of the solution.
Roi Nahari
Real User
CTO- Consulting Services at 2bsecure
Jun 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the database security policy.

What needs improvement?

Technical support for this solution needs improvement.

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

We have different solutions in our portfolio, including IBM Guardium and McAfee Sentrigo.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody implementing this solution is to know what you are doing before deploying. You need to learn the security concept of this product. You need to know what you want to protect, and then learn how to protect it. You cannot just deploy this solution and leave it like that. You need… more»
Real User
Software Developer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The best feature of this solution is the integration between components. It has a lot of different components that cover the needs of our customers.

How has it helped my organization?

One example of how this has improved my organization is with respect to security. We previously had a default passcode in place, and this is discouraged by our password… more»

What needs improvement?

The pricing for support could be improved. Integration with other databases or third-party products would be useful.

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

The cost of support for this solution is very expensive. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

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

I did use other tools for a short span of time.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to do a POC before implementing this solution. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at several websites and read reviews. All of them said that Imperva is the best product in this area.
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What is Imperva SecureSphere Database Security?

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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