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Security Protection For Users Of SharePoint

Imperva : 05 October, 2011  (New Product)
SecureSphere For SharePoint from Imperva provides protection of sensitive data whilst making use of the high visibility advantages of the Microsoft SharePoint product
Security Protection For Users Of SharePoint
Imperva has announced the availability of SecureSphere for SharePoint, its new data security solution to help businesses protect sensitive data stored in Microsoft SharePoint. As part of Imperva’s cornerstone data security suite, SecureSphere for SharePoint addresses the unique security requirements of SharePoint’s file, web and database infrastructure, giving businesses visibility and analysis of data access and safeguarding that only users with a legitimate business need have access to data.

SharePoint is a widely-deployed enterprise collaboration tool.  Although collaboration with SharePoint increases the value organizations get from their unstructured data, protecting broadly accessible SharePoint data from internal and external threats is an ongoing challenge. User access rights to SharePoint data often do not align with business needs, leaving sensitive data vulnerable, and extranet and public-facing SharePoint web sites face traditional web-based threats and hackers.

“While we might have a fairly good handle on structured data in databases, we don’t have this same knowledge about what’s in our file shares and in our collaboration systems,” said Neil MacDonald, VP & Gartner Fellow. “To securely enable the sharing of sensitive information via collaboration, we first need to understand what is being shared, how and when it is being shared and with whom it is being shared. However, most organizations don’t have this level of visibility, creating a significant security blind spot.”

SecureSphere for SharePoint features include:

* Access Rights Visibility, Audit Trail & Policy Control: Aggregate and consolidate user rights across SharePoint sites, files and folders; continuously monitor file activity and respond when data access deviates from corporate policy.

* Data Owner & Stale Data Identification: Use file and folder access patterns to identify data owners and provides better compliance with security standards; identify and archive or delete data stored in SharePoint that is not being used, reducing management overhead and increasing available data storage.

* Web Application & Database Security Protection: Protect SharePoint against current and future online security threats such as SQL injection; monitor and/or block access to SharePoint’s Microsoft SQL database to limit access to users with a legitimate data use.

“Microsoft SharePoint offers businesses great value as a collaboration tool, but presents a unique challenge when it comes to securing corporate data,” said Amichai Shulman, Imperva’s CTO. “Without the appropriate security controls in place, SharePoint users run the risk of leaking sensitive information or opening themselves to online attacks. Imperva’s SecureSphere for SharePoint offers deep visibility and control over data access within SharePoint, as well as protection against web-based security threats.”

SecureSphere for SharePoint will be available in late 2011.   

In addition, Imperva announced the release of the SecureSphere Operations Manager (SOM), a multi-domain management solution that dramatically improves the operational efficiency of managing SecureSphere deployments with multiple MX Management Servers. SOM meets the operational scalability demands of large enterprises and Managed Security Service Providers by consolidating the management, visibility and reporting across multiple SecureSphere MX Management Servers, and provides system wide health metrics and statistics.  With SOM, customers can:

* Manage multi-domain or multi-tenant environments efficiently
* Increase operational efficiency
* Simplify system wide analysis and reporting
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