Sentrigo, Inc., a database security software vendor, has announced a substantial expansion of its Hedgehog database activity monitoring and intrusion prevention suite. The Hedgehog software provides full-visibility database activity monitoring and real-time protection and has been adopted by numerous Global 2000 companies to defend mission-critical data against insider misuse as well as outsider intrusion. With this release, Hedgehog 3.0 now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server 2008, in addition to already supported SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2000 running on earlier Windows platforms. Additionally, Hedgehog vPatch, Sentrigo's virtual patching solution, now includes dozens of additional protections specific to SQL Server. Hedgehog 3.0 also provides several enhancements based on customer input, specifically to meet the accelerating demand for database monitoring to satisfy regulatory requirements.
Sentrigo developed its first products for the Oracle platform, and support was added last year for the most widely deployed versions of SQL Server and Sybase based on customer demand. This latest version fully supports the most recent service packs from Microsoft, including SQL Server 2008 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP1.
Slavik Markovich, Sentrigo's chief technology officer, tells 5 Minute Briefing that "in addition to providing support for the new databases, we have added many new security and performance features. One of these is the masking of sensitive information even in alert messages so that database security administrators can't even see confidential information such as credit card or social security numbers. Another security enhancement is the ability to send out alerts about excessive database behaviors, such as a large jump in credit card views, that may be indicative of a threat. Not only is Hedgehog 3.0 able to report on these types of threats, but it is also able to take immediate action to to terminate or quarantine the access of any given user that is exhibiting such examples of suspicious behavior."
Another new feature is high performance auditing where customers in high volume transactional environments have a need to audit and archive all database events and not simply alert on them. With Hedgehog 3.0, customers are now able to log activity to a flat file rather than to a separate database, which allows for extremely fast real-time performance and removes any previous limits on the number of alerts that can be archived.
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