We are pleased to announce the availability of a new research paper, Understanding and Selecting Database Security Platforms. And this paper covers most of the facets for database security today. We started to refresh our original Database Activity Monitoring paper in October 2011, but stopped short when our research showed that platform evolution has stopped converging – and has instead diverged again to embrace independent visions of database security, and splintering customer requirements. We decided our original DAM research was becoming obsolete. Use cases have evolved and vendors have added dozens of new capabilities – they have covered the majority of database security requirements, and expanded out into other areas.

These changes are so significant that we needed to seriously revisit our use cases and market drivers, and delve into the different ways preventative and detective data security technologies have been bundled with DAM to create far more comprehensive solutions. We have worked hard to fairly represent the different visions of how database security fits within enterprise IT, and to show the different value propositions offered by these variations. These fundamental changes have altered the technical makeup of products so much that we needed new vocabulary to describe these products. The new paper is called “Understanding and Selecting Database Security Platforms” (DSP) to reflect these major product and market changes.

We want to thank our sponsors for the Database Security Platform paper: Application Security Inc, GreenSQL, Imperva, and McAfee. Without sponsors we would not be able to provide our research for free, so we appreciate deeply that several vendors chose to participate in this effort and endorse our research positions.

You can download the DSP paper.