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Privileged access monitoring reduces data loss

Imperva : 11 December, 2008  (Technical Article)
Database security report links poor management of privileged access rights with higher levels of corporate data breaches
Imperva has announced that key findings in a new independent benchmark report conducted by Aberdeen Group reveal that monitoring privileged database users significantly reduces data loss. In a newly published survey report of more than 120 enterprises entitled 'Protecting the Database: When (Most of) the Eggs are in One Basket,' two thirds of the organisations rated Best-in-Class who monitor privileged insiders suffered fewer data loss incidents. The report was sponsored by Imperva.

Of the Best-in-Class organisations surveyed by Aberdeen, two thirds reported that they:.

* Monitor database administrator activities.
* Enforce separation of duties for database administrators.
* Block database activities that are in violation of established policies.

In comparison, less than one third of organisations ranked as Laggards in the survey monitor privileged insiders.

Organisations with Best-in-Class performance at protecting the database enjoyed substantial year-over-year advantages over those with lagging performance, including:.

* 8% fewer incidents of data loss or data exposure related to database security.
* 10% fewer audit deficiencies related to database security.

"In this study, respondents estimated that databases are the repository for nearly two-thirds of their sensitive data, so it's no surprise that the results show organisations that monitor privileged user activity suffer fewer data losses," said Derek Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen. "The payoff for monitoring insiders can be significant from several perspectives, including security, risk management, compliance and cost."

"This Aberdeen report establishes and quantifies the risk organisations are taking by not monitoring the actions of privileged insiders, as well as the payback for companies that implement database activity monitoring," said Mark Kraynak, senior director of strategic marketing for Imperva. "Unlike native database auditing mechanisms, a database monitoring product like Imperva SecureSphere cannot be turned off by a privileged user or database administrator to cover up illicit activities."

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