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May 2008

Product review: Symantec Database Security 3.1

DATABASE SECURITY Symantec Database Security 3.1 REVIEWED BY JAMES C. FOSTER Symantec Price: $49,995 for Enterprise Edition Nearly every interactive application and true "Web 2.0" application on the Internet is leveraging a backend database. These applications enable users to purchase cars, check bank balances, bid on used toys, and download music. But, regualtory requirements and the persistent fear of security breaches put severe pressure on the businesses providing those services. Symantec Database Security (SDS) helps alleviate the operational and technical challenges associated with auditing, assessing, and monitoring database traffic in real-time. Policies can be utilized to catch internal application and database abuse in combination with additional policies to monitor external attacks and malicious use SDS 3.1 supports Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005, Oracle 8, 9, and 10g, Sybase ASE 12, ASE 15, and IQ 12, and IBM DB2 8 and 9; 32- and 64-bit operating platforms are supported for each. Surprisingly, MySQL (acquired by ...

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