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Activity monitoring and blocking for SQL environments

Secerno : 29 July, 2008  (New Product)
Virtual platform support for SQL database security management available from Secerno
Secerno has announced the availability of its award-winning Secerno.SQL database activity monitoring and blocking solution as a virtualised appliance on the Vmware platform. This marks the first availability of its appliance-based database protection in a virtualised environment, allowing enterprises the same database protection afforded by hardware yet with the utilisation, management and cost benefits of a virtualised application.

Secerno's decision to add a virtualised database protection product, powered by its patent-pending SynoptiQ technology, is a response to increased customer demand and a growing trend by organisations to consider virtual environments as part of their infrastructure. Providing database security in a virtual environment gives organisations greater resource utilisation, faster deployment times and the flexibility to have capability and capacity on-demand. With this offering, organisations can choose to deploy Secerno hardware appliances or take the benefits of Vmware deployments without any impact to performance or manageability.

Secerno chose virtualisation-leader Vmware's technology platform based on Vmware's penetration into more than 20,000 corporate customers. Vmware will allow Secerno to offer full support for virtualised environments as well as roll-out protection through virtual appliances, enabling organisations to cost effectively protect a large number of databases. Enterprises will still have the full benefits of Secerno.SQL and will be able to deploy database protection quickly and manage all databases from a central point.

'This unique announcement comes at an exciting time for Secerno. We have just secured funding that allows us to respond to market opportunities and customer demand,' said Steve Hurn, CEO of Secerno. 'In this case, we are bringing Secerno to a virtualised environment to offer organisations
more variety in their deployments and reduce their overall costs in terms of resources and expenses. Virtualisation is emerging as a key strategy for companies, and we are delighted to be the first to offer this option for database activity monitoring and blocking.'

Adrian Lane, an independent consultant at Securosis, the independent security practice founded by Rich Mogull, agrees that in a virtualised environment, it is even more important to verify that applications only interact with appropriate database usage: 'We can and should do more to
verify that the application that is connecting to the database not only has appropriate credentials, but appropriate usage ...This becomes even more important in a virtualised environment where some of the underlying network assumptions are thrown out the window'.

Jeffrey Wheatman, research director at Gartner, says 'With the growing trend towards Virtualisation we expect that database activity monitoring and prevention capabilities in a virtualised environment will become a growing requirement for organisations world-wide'
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