KuppingerCole Report
Buyer's Compass
By Alexei Balaganski

Database and Big Data Security

As more and more companies are embracing digital transformation, the challenges of securely storing, processing, and exchanging digital data continue to multiply. This KuppingerCole Buyer's Compass will provide you with questions to ask vendors, criteria to select your vendor, and requirements for implementing the necessary security and compliance controls to protect your sensitive corporate data against a multitude of risks.

1 How to use the Buyer's Compass

This KuppingerCole Buyer's Compass on Database and Big Data Security provides information about

  • Use Cases

  • Functional Selection Criteria

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2 Market Segment Defined

Databases are arguably still the most widespread technology for storing and managing business-critical digital information. Manufacturing process para ...

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Because of the broad range of technologies involved in ensuring comprehensive data protection, the scope of this market segment is not that easy to define unambiguously. Only the largest vendors can afford to dedicate enough resources for developing a solution that covers all or at least several functional areas – most existing products tend to focus on one major aspect of security like data encryption, access management, or monitoring and audit.

Therefore, customers are encouraged to look at database and big data security products not as isolated point solutions, but as a part of an overall corporate security strategy based on a multi-layered architecture and unified by centralized management, governance, and analytics. As Figure 2 shows, the data seldom exists in a vacuum, isolated within just a single database, application, or network. Within a modern digital enterprise, it is constantly moving and transforming, passing through multiple IT environments, applications and services and being processed by numerous technology stacks.

The obvious consequence of this is that when selecting the best solution for protecting your corporate data, you should not limit your analysis to this document alone, or, in fact, confine your search only to the market segment of database security. You should always try to place database and big data security solutions into a bigger picture, understanding how they fit into the overall enterprise security and compliance architecture.

Even though KuppingerCole’s Leadership Compass on Database and Big Data Security explicitly limits its focus on protecting structured and semi-structured data in modern databases and big data stores, we encourage the readers of this Buyer’s Compass to consult other Leadership Compasses focusing on related market segments, as well as learning about KuppingerCole’s Security Fabric methodology that helps organizations to structure and optimize their cybersecurity approach.

3 Top Use Cases

The top use cases for database and big data security solutions are listed below. This list is by far not exhaustive, yet it highlights the most notabl ...

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4 Top Selection Criteria - Functional

When considering a new product, there are many factors to assess. This Buyer's Compass identifies the top functional criteria to look at when selectin ...

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5 Top Selection Criteria - Non-functional

In addition to the functional criteria listed above, there are non-functional criteria to consider. These considerations deal with the organizational ...

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6 Use Cases / Selection Criteria Matrix

Having identified the most important use cases and selection criteria for vendors, this section provides a matrix that maps use cases and functional s ...

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7 Top Prerequisites - Technical

The list below enumerates some technical prerequisites that should be considered part of your database security vendor evaluation process.

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8 Top Prerequisites - Organizational

Success in rollout depends on more than the technology selected. There are also various organizational prerequisites. The following table lists the to ...

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9 Top Questions to Ask the Vendors

In addition to requesting information about the solution's features, there are other critical questions to ask vendors. This list provides a guide to ...

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