Imperva SecureSphere Database Security Reviews

Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is the #1 ranked solution of our top Database Security tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to IBM Guardium Data Protection - Imperva SecureSphere Database Security vs IBM Guardium Data Protection

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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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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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Derrick Akankwasa
Real User
Cyber Security Engineer at Isolutions Associates Ltd (ISOLS)
Oct 08 2020

What is most valuable?

I would say the discovery module is the most valuable feature as it provides good visibility of the database environment to particular sites. It scans the entire front of the environment to detect any new databases found just to make sure there are not any malicious things going on. I think it's a… more »

What needs improvement?

I've been part of various projects and also interact with clients because I do pre-sales. Most of the feedback I receive relates to clients wanting to see an improvement in the reporting. They like the ability and functionality of the solution but they feel the reporting is lacking. The general… more »

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

Customers are very, very satisfied with the licensing costs and there's not really anyone that competes with Imperva so the clients are very happy. Their requirements are covered.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend Imperva. I swear on it and try to pitch Imperva every time. I know its abilities, I know what you're going to get. I know how user friendly it is. It's easy to create policies. Reports are very okay. It's got various compatibilities, desk deployment, so Imperva is what I… more »
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
Security Consultant and Cybersecurity Support at a tech services company with 51-200 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
Core Banking Application Support at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Aug 16 2020

What is most valuable?

Currently, we have audit features for auditing databases, for example, granular auditing, which we really enjoy. We've been using it to check what users do. Apart from the WAF, which we've had issues with, every other feature we've been… more »

What needs improvement?

The feature right now that we have not been able to use successfully is the firewall aspect, the WAF. In terms of the WAF, we tried their blocking functionality at some point, and our entire company came to a halt due to the fact that it… more »

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

The solution is pretty pricey. It's not the least expensive option. An organization will have to ensure they have the budget to cover the cost or having the product. I'd say that the amount of money they charge is unreasonable sometimes. If… more »

What other advice do I have?

The solution is okay, however, there is a lot to be improved upon. For that reason, I'd rate them five out of ten overall. It's not a bad tool. It's a good tool. I tend to recommend it to others, however, if you're a small company, it may… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're currently looking to move away from Imperva. We're considering Audit Vault.
Daniel Kiilu
Real User
Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Sep 21 2020

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found the most valuable is the firewall component.

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see improved is Imperva making further development in terms of them going to the Cloud. Our business is moving to the cloud, so we want to have cloud availability as an option… more »

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

Initially, SecureSphere was expensive but they have incentives on their packages now. They have introduced new price models, which makes the product more affordable now. It is now at a pricing level… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously used McAfee as a similar solution. We decided to switch because McAfee is a little bit tricky to get to work the way it should work. I had experience with their version 6.4 solution… more »

What other advice do I have?

Imperva Security Sphere is something that I recommend any day, anytime because they are very much focused on security as a passion. So you find it has tons of capacity for scalability. It is focused… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing Imperva, we did evaluate other options including IBM Guardian Data Protect and also Oracle Audit Vault. In the end, we finally made the choice to go with Imperva first of all because… more »
Arash Azari Samani
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
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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.
Imperva SecureSphere Database Security customers

BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens

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