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Eight years after the release of Microsoft SQL 2000, we're still looking for help from bolt-on security product vendors to harden and protect critical production database servers. Sentrigo's Hedgehog Enterprise 2.2 is designed to monitor and protect against known and unknown database threats.
The Hedgehog installation was quick and painless. It took approximately 30 minutes to get the basics of a single instance up and running. This included the server, used for centralized management and reporting, and one sensor running on SQL Server 2005.
Agents provide functionality that network-onlybased solutions lack. For example, they can monitor and protect against local attacks and malicious use. They also can access server memory for payload inspection; network appliances typically go inline and protect outside the box. You have to deploy agents manually or with a third-party product.
This was first published in January 2009