Sponsored Content: SQL Security and Compliance: What an Organization Can Do Now to Prevent Costly Breaches Before They Happen

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Databases contain valuable business assets; ensuring this information is secure is paramount. SQL Compliance Manager by Idera can protect those assets and help address your industry’s strict regulatory compliance requirements with confidence, providing HIPAA-compliance, GDPR-compliance, and more. 
According to IBM, 2022 was the 12th year in a row that the United States paid the highest cost for a data breach, with $5.09 million more than the global average. The average cost of a data breach is $9.44 million in America, and the healthcare sector continues to be impacted the most. 

In 2022, it took an average of 277 days—about 9 months—to identify and contain a breach. According to IBM, shortening the time it takes to identify and contain a data breach to 200 days or less can save money. 

The share of breaches caused by ransomware grew 41% in the last year and took 49 days longer than average to identify and contain. Additionally, destructive attacks increased in cost by more than $430,000.

Another alarming statistic, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, is that the cost of global cybercrime is predicted to hit $8 trillion in 2023 and will grow to $10.5 trillion by 2025.

Out of 4,103 professionals interviewed for a Hiscox survey, only 66% said they were concerned or very concerned about cyber-attacks. Despite that, seven out of 10 small businesses have not taken the most basic steps to increase cyber security.

More than half of all cyberattacks are committed against small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs), and 60% of them go out of business within six months of falling victim to a data breach or hack.

Idera SQL Compliance Manager monitors and tracks changes to SQL Server objects and data and sends alerts on suspicious activity. Obtain detailed visibility to determine who did “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how,” whether privileged users or hackers initiated the event . Prevent breaches before they happen so your company doesn’t become another statistic in the fight against cybercrime. 

SQL Compliance

SQL compliance is a term used to refer to the body of rules that govern how organizations should use and secure the sensitive data stored in SQL Server. These rules may differ by industry and location, but Idera SQL Compliance Manager can be customized to ensure you comply with all industry regulations and that your organization’s most sensitive data is airtight.

SQL Server’s default security settings are strong, but it’s impossible to be too careful when it comes to business-critical data. Idera’s SQL Compliance Manager offers an industry-leading suite of SQL Server alerting and auditing tools for an airtight SQL Server environment, making SQL Server best practices easy.

Simply apply the correct auditing settings to your servers and databases for PCI DSS, DISA STIG, NERC, CIS, SOX, GDPR, HIPAA, and FERPA regulations. Extensive research is no longer required as you can simply define the objects and apply customizations to the included regulatory guideline templates. Quickly compare your customized audit configuration against the regulation guidelines or default settings to verify that your settings are compliant.

Idera SQL Compliance Manager

Data security and regulatory compliance requirements have become increasingly stringent. As a result, DBAs are tasked with the monumental job of providing an accurate audit trail of SQL Server activities such as database access, update actions, schema changes, and security changes. 

Already burdened by a heavy workload, auditing and reporting this information can often require weeks or months of custom development. Some cases may even call for the employment of full-time DBA staff to provide scheduled or on-demand reports to auditors.

SQL Compliance Manager goes beyond traditional auditing approaches by providing real-time monitoring, alerting, and tamper-proof auditing of all data access. SELECT statements (including column level granularity), DML, schema changes, permissions, and logins to SQL Server databases—giving quick, easy, accurate, and trusted answers to what has transpired on your servers. 

Furthermore, SQL Compliance Manager delivers reporting templates with pre-configured audit settings that align with regulatory citations to ease the research and configuration required to comply with industry regulatory guidelines. SQL Compliance Manager provides the best SQL Server auditing, alerting, and reporting solution, which ensures all server access and exceptions are tracked to comply with internal and external audits.

Idera’s SQL Compliance Manager offers features and capabilities such as: 

  • Customize regulatory guideline templates
  • Use default configuration settings 
  • Apply fine-grained filtering
  • Generate reports
  • Audit SQL Server access
  • Audit sensitive data
  • Capture before and after data
  • Run tamper-proof audits
  • Customize alerting
  • Customize auditing
  • Alert on thresholds
  • Alert to specific data
  • Audit at the enterprise level
  • Setup tamper-proof auditing 
  • Support availability groups
  • Provide read-only access
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