KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Compass
By Alexei Balaganski

Database Security

Database security is a broad section of information security that concerns itself with protecting databases against compromises of their integrity, confidentiality and availability. It covers various security controls for the information itself stored and processed in database systems, underlying computing and network infrastructures, as well as applications accessing the data.

1 Management Summary

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

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1.1 Overall Leadership

In the Overall Leadership rating, we find IBM and Oracle among the Leaders, which is completely unsurprising, considering both companies’ global mar ...

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1.2 Product Leadership

In the Product Leadership rating, we look specifically for functional strength of the vendors’ solutions. It is worth noting that, with the broad sp ...

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1.3 Market Leadership

KuppingerCole’s Market Leadership rating is based on the number of customers, strength of partner networks, and global market presence.

Among the m ...

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1.4 Innovation Leadership

Finally, there is the Innovation Leadership rating, where we are looking specifically at the vendor’s ability to deliver new ideas or emerging techn ...

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2 Specific Features Analyzed

When evaluating the products, there are a number of specific elements we look at besides looking at the more general aspects of:

  • Overall functiona ...
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2.1 Vulnerability assessment

Here we consider how the product helps identify known security holes in database infrastructures. This isn’t limited just to discovering known vulne ...

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2.2 Data discovery and classification

Here we analyze how products are able to automatically identify sensitive information, classify it according to internal business requirements as well ...

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2.3 Data protection

This area covers various technologies for protecting data integrity and confidentiality both within the database, in transit and during information pr ...

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2.4 Monitoring and analytics

This includes monitoring of database performance characteristics, as well as complete visibility in all access and administrative actions for each ins ...

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2.5 Threat prevention

Here, we are looking at various methods of protection from cyber-attacks such as denial-of-service or SQL injection and other database-specific securi ...

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2.6 Access Management

This includes not just basic access controls to database instances, but more sophisticated dynamic policy-based access management, identifying and rem ...

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2.7 Audit and Compliance

This includes advanced auditing mechanisms beyond native capabilities, centralized auditing and reporting across multiple database environments, enfor ...

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3 Market Leaders

Based on our evaluation we have identified several Leaders in the Database Security market segment. The Market Leaders are shown in the figure below.

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Among the market leaders, we can observe Oracle, IBM, Thales e-Security (with their Vormetric portfolio), Gemalto (with SafeNet Data Protection suite) ...

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4 Product Leaders

The second view we provide is about Product Leadership. This view is mainly based on the analysis of product features and the overall capabilities of ...

Only the largest players in the market, which offer a wide range of products covering different aspects of database security, namely IBM and Oracle, c ...

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5 Innovation Leaders

The third view we take when evaluating products/services concerns innovation. Innovation is, from our perspective, a key capability in IT market segme ...

In this rating, we again observe IBM and Oracle in the Leaders segment, reflecting both companies’ sheer development resources which allow them to c ...

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6 Product Evaluation

This section contains a quick rating for every product we’ve included in this report. For some of the products there are additional KuppingerCole Re ...

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6.1 Axiomatics

Axiomatics is a privately held company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Founded in 2006, the company is currently a leading provider of dynamic pol ...

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6.2 Fortinet

Fortinet is an American publicly traded cybersecurity company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Founded in 2000, the company is focusing primari ...

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6.3 Gemalto (was acquired by Thales in 2019/04)

Gemalto is an international digital security company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Established in 2006 after a merger of two rival smart ca ...

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6.4 HexaTier

HexaTier is an Israeli security start-up specializing in protecting Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) deployments. Established in 2009, the company has it ...

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6.5 IBM

IBM Corporation is a multinational technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. IBM offers a broad range of software solu ...

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6.6 Imperva

Imperva is an American publicly traded cyber security solution company headquartered in Redwood Shore, California. Back in 2002, the company’s first ...

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6.7 McAfee

McAfee (currently a part of Intel Security group) is a veteran American computer security vendor headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Founded in ...

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6.8 MENTIS Software

MENTIS Software is a privately held security software vendor headquartered in New York, USA. Founded in 2004 with a focus on sensitive information man ...

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6.9 Oracle

Oracle Corporation is an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. Founded back in 1997, the ...

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6.10 Thales

Thales e-Security is a leading provider of data protection solutions headquartered in Plantation, Florida, USA. With over 40 years of experience in in ...

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7 Products at a glance

This section provides an overview of the various products we have analyzed within this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass on Database Security. As well ...

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7.1 Ratings at a glance

Based on our evaluation, a comparative overview of the ratings of all the products covered in this document is shown in the table below:

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In addition, we also provide four additional ratings for the vendor. These go beyond the product view provided in the previous section. While the rati ...

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In the area of innovation, we were looking for the service to provide a range of advanced features in our analysis. These advanced features include bu ...

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7.2 The Market/Product Matrix

Furthermore, we’ve compared the position of vendors regarding combinations of our three major areas of analysis, i.e. Market Leadership, Product Lea ...

In this comparison, it becomes clear which vendors are better positioned in our analysis of Product Leadership compared to their position in the Marke ...

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7.3 The Product/Innovation Matrix

This view shows how Product Leadership and Innovation Leadership are correlated. Here, vendors below the line are less innovative, vendors above the l ...

Again, we’ve defined four segments of vendors. These are

Technology Leaders:
This group contains vendors which have technologies which are strong r ...

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7.4 The Innovation/Market Matrix

The third matrix shows how Innovation Leadership and Market Leadership are related. Some vendors might perform well in the market without being Innova ...

The four segments we have defined here are

Big Ones:
These are market leading vendors with a good to strong position in Innovation Leadership. This ...

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8 Overall Leadership

Finally, we’ve put together the three different ratings for Leadership, i.e. Market Leadership, Product Leadership, and Innovation Leadership and cr ...

In the Overall Leadership rating, we find IBM and Oracle among the Leaders, which is completely unsurprising, considering both companies’ global mar ...

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9 Vendors to Watch

In addition to the vendors evaluated in this Leadership Compass, there are several companies that are nevertheless worth mentioning outside of our rat ...

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9.1 Dataguise

Dataguise is a privately held company headquartered in Fremont, CA, United States. Founded in 2007, the company provides a sensitive data governance p ...

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9.2 DataSunrise

DataSunrise is a privately held startup company based in Seattle, WA, United States. It was founded in 2015 with the goal of developing a next-generat ...

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9.3 DB Networks

DB Networks is another privately held database security vendor headquartered in San Diego, CA, United States. Founded in 2009, the company focuses exc ...

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9.4 Trustwave

Trustwave is a veteran cybersecurity vendor headquartered in Chicago, IL, United States. Since 1995, the company provides managed security services in ...

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