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IBM Launches New Application-Level Data Security Software

InfoSphere Guardium 8 automatically monitors structured data and application usage across the enterprise

InfoSphere Guardium 8 automatically monitors structured data and application usage across the enterprise

IBM announced new data security software this week that automatically monitors structured data and application usage across the enterprise and immediately alerts management to unusual activity. The software, dubbed InfoSphere Guardium 8, monitors user activities at the application layer, including activities by administrators and outsourced personnel with access to CRM, human resources, ERP, accounting, finance and other applications that can contain sensitive data.IBM Database Security Software

For example, if a database administrator at an insurance company tries to access a client’s social security number, salary and medical history, the system can generate an alert or, under defined circumstances, immediately block that administrator’s access to the system for a specified period of time.

The system can also execute automated tests to assess security vulnerabilities such as weak permissions that could leave an organization open to data loss or failed compliance audits. It includes pre-packaged report templates for common regulations such as SOX, HIPAA and PCI.

InfoSphere Guardium is designed to protect sensitive data in SAP systems, SharePoint files and IBM DB2 databases running on System z, It also provides monitoring and assessment capabilities for non-IBM database platforms running on the mainframe such as Oracle for Linux on System z.

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