Database security products: A buyer's guide

Last updated:November 2015

Editor's note

The database security features available from relational database management system (RDBMS) vendors are only a small part of the overall database security picture. While some critical security capabilities are bundled with relational database platforms, many critical services for securing enterprise data are not; hence the need for database security tools from third parties.

These database security products provide a level of database security far beyond what RDBMS vendors offer directly to customers in their products, particularly in the areas of database vulnerability assessment, encryption, database compliance and test data management, tokenization and data masking. As a result, there are a number of reasons for organizations to leverage these database security products. And, as there are databases available to support most every application and business function, there is an equally varied set of requirements to boost database security through these third-party tools.

In this buyer's guide, readers will learn exactly what database security tools are, as well as the use cases and ways database security tools are used to boost enterprise security. It also lays out what enterprises need to know before making an investment into database security products, and presents direct comparisons of database security products, offering overviews of some of the top tools on the market today.

1The business case for database security products

Discover use cases and the ways database security products can boost enterprise security.

2Database security tool procurement

Consider the following criteria and steps as part of any evaluation when looking to find the right database security products for your organization's needs.

3The top database security products compared

What makes a particular database security product right for certain enterprises and data centers? Here we compare several leading database security products from top vendors and review the pros and cons of their products to help you decide which might be right for your organization.

4A who's who of the market-leading database security tool vendors

Database security add-ons are essential for securing network connections and communications. Here's a look at some of the top database security add-on products in the industry.