McAfee.com processes millions of credit card transactions per year for McAfee's online stores, serving home, home office and small business consumers. The site also serves customers of McAfee's national ISP partners such as Comcast and Cox Communications, who have strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs). It is hosted in multiple world-class, geo-separated data centers hosting large-scale, clustered database systems.
"McAfee needed a solution with continuous real-time visibility into all sensitive cardholder data " in order to quickly spot unauthorized activity and comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) " but given our significant transaction volumes, performance and reliability considerations were crucial," said Tony Gunn, director of security engineering, McAfee. "We were initially using a database auditing solution that collected information from native DBMS logs and stored it in an audit repository, but granular logging significantly impacted our database servers and the audit repository was simply unable to handle the massive transaction volume generated by our McAfee.com environment.
The Guardium solution provided enterprise-class scalability in a solution and was deployed in less than 48 hours. In addition to safeguarding our customers' trust, Guardium's technology also automates our PCI database controls and reduces DBA workload while enforcing separation of duties to protect against both internal and external threats."
McAfee is now expanding its Guardium implementation to protect its SAP systems for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, as well as to safeguard other sensitive financial databases in the corporation. The company is also integrating Guardium with its correlation engine and enterprise-wide Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform to consolidate database security alerts and events into a single console.
Guardium's scalable platform uses centralized, cross-DBMS policies to immediately identify unauthorized or suspicious activities in real-time, without relying on database-resident logs that add overhead and can easily be disabled or modified by hackers or privileged insiders employing anti-forensic tactics. Guardium is a founding member of the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance, and its Guardium 7 platform has been integrated with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator' (ePO) and has been awarded the "McAfee compatible" designation. SIA is a core element of McAfee's technology partner ecosystem, and was established in 2007 to increase the customer value of McAfee Security Risk Management (SRM) solutions.
Forrester Research named Guardium "a Leader across the board" in enterprise database auditing and real-time protection, with Guardium earning the #1 scores for Architecture, Current Offering and Product Strategy.
"We're very pleased that McAfee, the world's largest dedicated security technology provider, has selected Guardium to safeguard their brand and consumers' trust," said Ram Metser, Guardium CEO. "Safeguarding enterprise databases is a critical task which requires the right architecture and a robust solution derived from ongoing feedback from the most demanding data center environments worldwide. Guardium is committed to providing practical solutions that safeguard our customers' businesses while at the same time simplifying database security and compliance for their IT organizations."
Guardium will be a sponsor at next week's McAfee FOCUS event in Las Vegas.
"The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Database Auditing And Real-Time Protection, Q4 2007," October 2007
About Guardium Guardium, the database security company, delivers the most widely-used solution for ensuring the integrity of enterprise data and preventing information leaks from the data center.
The company's enterprise security platform is now installed in more than 450 data centers worldwide, including 5 of the top 5 banks; 3 of the top 5 insurers; top government agencies; 2 of the top 3 retailers; 15 of the world's top telcos; 2 of the world's favorite beverage brands; the most recognized name in PCs; a top 3 auto maker; a top 3 aerospace company; and a leading supplier of business intelligence software.
Guardium has partnerships with Accenture, ArcSight, BMC, EMC/RSA, IBM, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase and Teradata, with Cisco as a strategic investor, and is a member of IBM's prestigious Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council.
Founded in 2002, Guardium was the first company to address the core data security gap by delivering a scalable, cross-DBMS enterprise platform that both protects databases in real-time and automates the entire compliance auditing process.
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