Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most popular databases in the world. Its history began in 1989 and extends to the present day. This database has known many updates and rewrites and keeps on growing. Every new edition gets you more functions and features.
MS SQL Server is getting more and more efficient, but on the other hand, more sophisticated too. The bigger an SQL database gets, the more you need to keep an eye on it. And that means hiring more people and increasing expenditures.
Also, it means that you become more vulnerable to hacking attacks and sensitive data loss. Is there a neat solution to all these issues? Yes, and the answer is Activity Monitoring from DataSunrise. Don’t be surprised, many questions will be asked and answered here, because we believe that MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring is the answer to all your possible problems with databases.
What is database activity monitoring basically and why we need it? Any database is a collection of data organized in a certain way. Depending on the importance of a database it can be accessed by a varying number of users ranging from a dozen to millions.
Unfortunately, not all of these users are good users. Some are accessing the database with malicious or even criminal intentions. Later in the news we learn about successful hacking attempts. Is there a way to control that? How can we see if a user is “good” or “bad” without making them think that we suspect them of something?
Is that at all possible? Yes, of course, that’s possible. The main thing that gives malicious users away is what they do in your databases. That is, what SQL queries they make, what information they retrieve and what they do with it later. But is it possible to control all of them plus monitor the state of your database so that they don’t crash when you have many active users. Yes, of course.
DataSunrise is a specialized database protection company that develops a revolutionary product making sure that nothing bad happens to your MS SQL Server databases and to the content of the database, too.
The name of this product is DataSunrise Database Security Suite. It comprises several components one of which is MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring. This is a very useful and effective component the aim of which is to continuously monitor all database activity.
All users’ transactions are tracked which gives the opportunity to identify illegal or threatening user actions. MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring is a universal tool that can be used both on a single database instance and multiple database instances.
What users can do and what they can’t is set in MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring Rules. These Rules are highly adjustable and versatile making it possible to meet every customer’s needs.
If often happens that companies don’t know that their sensitive data is being hacked or leaked. With MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring this will never happen. If any of the Activity Monitoring Rule is triggered, the database security personnel are immediately alerted so that they can take all necessary action to prevent data theft.
MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring collects the following information:
• Session data: user authentication time, IP address, host name, used applications, query list;
• SQL codes of executed transactions;
• System events: security policy update, configuration changes, group profile modifications, configuration changes.
In order to separate more important monitoring results from less important, customers may use Learning Rules for MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring. This is a self-learning mechanism that can learn to highlight more important activity monitoring results for security personnel.
No modern company can work today without being compliant with such national and international sensitive data protection regulations as GDPR, SOX, HIPAA, PCI, etc.
DataSunrise Database Security Suite comprising MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring is obligatory for compliance. The results of MS SQL Server Activity Monitoring can be stored in external databases which excludes the possibility of tampering with the database monitoring results.
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DataSunrise Database Security Suite includes other database security components that guarantee safety and integrity of your databases!