ORACLE AUDIT VAULT &DB FW

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ORACLE AUDIT VAULT &DB FW is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides protection, audit, and security of the database. Valuable Features:Protection, audit, and security of the database are valuable features.Improvements to My Organization:It provides us with access protection. It gives audit access to the data that the user doesn't have permission to access.Room for Improvement:All departments of this product need to be improved.The goal of the project was to audit the operation of the departments. However, the other departments, such as sales and finance, were audited during the project too.We began to audit the database transactions of the operations department software. We saw that it was good. We then implemented the audit in the software for the other departments as well.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for a year, as a project for the customer.Stability Issues:I had problems with the old versions this product. Today, it's more stable.Scalability Issues:There were no scalability issues.Technical Support:I would give the technical support a rating of 9/10.Initial Setup:The setup was complex because you have to understand which data needs protection.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at other solutions, such as firewall protection tools and audit triggers in the database.Other Advice:Learn how to install it and know how to protect your data.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reporting screens are more useful, we can get many summary reports. There may be performance problems if the number of users increases. Valuable Features:The following features of the product provide additional benefits for the user:* If it's from an Oracle family, we can get quick support from Oracle support.* Reporting screens are more useful, we can get many summary reports very quickly.* Compared to previous versions, agent operation logic has been changed. The agent is now managed only, not collector + agent. This makes it easy.* It has the added advantage of having a database firewall feature that is not in previous versions or other equivalent products.Improvements to My Organization:Before this product was used in the company, the tables with some critical presets were checked with the triggers on them. The old and new versions of the changing records were written to another table. These triggers caused the database system to incur extra CPU and IO spending. It was also difficult to maintain and manage. We were also unable to provide a wide variety of reports that the audit department wanted.By using the product, we could log the audit records, generate various reports, send these reports to the relevant administrators by attaching these reports to the mail, without exposing the main database system too much. In this way, it has contributed to accelerate the business processes of the company by providing audit trail requests much faster.Room for Improvement:We were using Audit Vault 10.3 before and could not migrate to the new version (AVDF 12.1 and 12.2) (because Oracle support said it was not possible) and we continued to get old Audit Vault databases when we needed old audit records, and we could not remove our dependency. Audit records can be migrated from the old system to the new system.To be able to produce intelligent reports, the ability to analyze the reports must be given.Use of Solution:I have been using this solution for one year.Stability Issues:In the previous version, when the aud$ and fga_log$ tables reached a certain size, the collectors sometimes shut down and it took too long to get reports from the AV console. So it was not working in a stable manner. I can say that the new versions are stable.Scalability Issues:In the Auditor role of about 5 people, this can be scaled for our company as there is no performance problem in getting the report at the same time, but there may be a performance problem depending on the increase in the number of users in the future. This is somewhat in direct proportion to the number of users.Technical Support:There are a few people who are experienced in Audit Vault with local technical support, and I hope this number will increase. In case of problems, we receive global support from Oracle support, but not as fast as the database issues are getting back on their return, so my rate is 3/5.Previous Solutions:We did a week of PoC work for each of the other equivalent products before purchasing this product. These products were IBM InfoSphere Guardium and Imperva SecureSphere. We have reviewed and compared the capabilities of each product and the reports it produces.Some of the most basic reasons for choosing Oracle's AVDF product are:* User friendly (easy to use because it is not complicated to use).* As a company we also use many different Oracle products. So, if we are blocked by global technical support, we can escalate the situation with local Oracle.* The price of the product is not higher than the others.Initial Setup:We had problems installing the old version, and since it did not have a lot of resources, the setup took a few days, but there are a lot of radical changes in the new version. Audit Vault's own database and its own operating system come in a single .iso file. There is good documentation out there that describes the process step-by-step and you will not have much difficulty, even in the first installation.Cost and Licensing Advice:The important thing is to use the most suitable product for our company for many years (every 1-2 years to change the product to force the company). We must make good decisions about our needs, make PoC studies diligently and compare the advantages and disadvantages of the products. If we specify the ideal product for us, pricing and licensing should be important in the second place.Other Solutions Considered:We first evaluated other options at the technical level and then at the senior management level. These were: IBM InfoSphere Guardium and Imperva SecureSphere.Other Advice:My recommendations are:* Users in the Avadmin and Avauditor roles should be designated so that the maintenance of the product and the database and the daily checks are not neglected.* Providing added value by generating custom reports for your company other than the default reporting features* Some reports are sent automatically at certain hours by attaching as .csv, .html or .pdf in mails* The only source we can log Audit records for is not Oracle, but also MySQL, MS SQL Server, Sybase, IBM DB2, and so on. We need to remember that we can also monitor the source systems.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Offers audit setting and configuration control. Sometimes, a few of the installation steps create confusion. Valuable Features:* Audit log collection from a heterogeneous RDBMS environment* Offers warehouse-based control over the log DB in a secured and encrypted wayAdditionally, it offers a RAC option along with DB vault configuration.Improvements to My Organization:I am in the training field and I can express my views based on that experience only. This is a configuration-based product that offers you full control of the audit settings and the configurations. It helps in generating all the required reports as per the compliance. It even helps in customizing the reports as per your choice.There are multiple banks that are either using it or they are going to implement this tool in the Asian and African countries. They are attaching it to their core banking system. The latest version for Audit Vault is 12c and some of the valuable features are:* Audit logs are now out of reach: Superusers (SYS), DBAs and OS Admins can’t remove them.* Logs are completely safe in the warehouse: Encrypted and protected by the DB vault.* Faster access to logs: Partitioning is available.* Alert configuration (email-based, desktop)* High availability of the log server: Limited use of the RAC option.* Compliance-based reporting with attestation option. Customization is also possible.* Works transparently with the application. No coding required.Room for Improvement:There were some bugs in beginning. Oracle has given us some patches for that. Now, we also have the Audit Vault and Database Firewall Product version 12c in the market with more features.Use of Solution:I have been using this tool for seven years.Stability Issues:We did encounter some stability issues. There are lots of bugs in the starting version but most of them are patched; the latest versions are much stable.Scalability Issues:I haven’t tried the scalability option.Technical Support:The support is good. I would give it a rating of 9/10.Previous Solutions:We were not using any other solution.Initial Setup:Initial setup was complicated. Earlier, when I started working on the product, at that time, there were a lot of bugs in it and even the support and documentation was also not available. Now, things are better but still sometimes a few of the installation steps create confusion.Cost and Licensing Advice:It’s a value-for-money product. It offers multiple features of the Oracle RDBMS indirectly to you for the Audit Vault repository database.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:I would recommend to compare this product with its competitors. Also, analyze your company requirements, and finally, take the decision based on the need and support you are getting from the vendor.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Transparent database activity monitoring adds no additional load on the network. The provide a lot of documentation. Valuable Features:Oracle Database Firewall, Database Vault and Data hiding tools present a layered security approach to protecting, controlling, auditing and hiding sensitive data and access to sensitive data.The following key features make this product a valuable tool:* Transparent database activity monitoring over the network - minimum changes to the database client and server configuration, and no additional load on the network or on the database servers being monitored. Hence, it doesn’t affect the performance.* Capability to block unauthorized database activity (such as SQL injection attacks) using a specialized grammar analysis that allows accurate enforcement of activity whitelists and blacklists.* Comprehensive database activity based on consolidated database logs, securely stored in a centralized, enterprise-scale repository ensuring ease of monitoring.* Centralized data security auditing across the enterprise, achieved by consolidating OS, directory, and other logs into the same centralized repository.* Fine-grained, correlated alerting based on analysis and policy enforcement of consolidated logs* Out-of-the-box audit reporting across multiple sources (e.g., Oracle and non-Oracle databases, directory and OS) to satisfy common regulatory requirements such as PCI, DSS, SOX and other compliance regimes.* Custom reports and powerful BI tools that allow organizations to go as deep as necessary for forensic analysis or e-discovery purposes.* Easy-to-deploy software appliance based on hardened operating system and database that does not require database administrator (DBA) skills, allowing the solution to be owned and managed by IT security staff.* Alert on suspicious and unauthorized activities in real time. Review user rights, identify dormant users and excessive privileges.* Detect and monitor changes to stored procedures.Improvements to My Organization:Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall expands protection beyond Oracle and third party databases with support for auditing the operating system, directories and custom sources. Our client needed a product which can provide a holistic approach to the whole enterprise in terms of security, monitoring and auditing security which is exactly what this product provided.Room for Improvement:Although Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall serves as a critical detective and preventive control to protect against the abuse of legitimate access to databases responsible for almost all data breaches and cyber attacks, using Database Firewall to identify and capturing audit logs of real users, especially on applications using generic users to access the database, is an uphill task. More so, to correlate suspicious SQL to the originating end user.Reduces the complexity of setting up the appliance, especially on large application systems with generic users using CLIENT_IDENTIFIER on the database to capture audit trails.Use of Solution:I have managed to interact with this product for a period of two years, working as a consultant to implement for one of our clients in the banking industry.Stability Issues:There are not many issues with stability on the latest version of the product.Scalability Issues:Since the appliance runs on the enterprise Oracle database, scalability is not an issue unless limited by licensing.Technical Support:Oracle has one of the most robust Oracle support systems to its paid customers. They also provide a lot of documentation, including installation and administration guides.Previous Solutions:I have not used any other solutions.Initial Setup:Setting up the appliance for the first time can be a little bit difficult. Knowledge of Oracle database setup and use is required.Cost and Licensing Advice:Oracle Database Security solutions provide you with the most comprehensive and advanced security offerings that help reduce the costs and complexity of securing their business information across the enterprise.Other Solutions Considered:I was dealing with a client who already purchased the appliance and was looking for an implementation team to do the setup and maintenance in their environments.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Custom alerts give us traceability of non-DBAs accessing databases as a power user. Valuable Features:Reports and alerts are most valuable to us. Management wanted complete traceability of non-DBAs accessing databases using a database power user account. With the help of Audit Vault custom alerts, we were able to control this with 100% compliance.Improvements to My Organization:Some major improvements in organizational operations:* Our organization has a complete alert and control mechanism to identify unauthorized access of PROD databases.* Compliance with United States government security and audit standards.* Proactive control of audited parameters, like failed log-on attempts, to avoid Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.* Improved management awareness about database compliance metrics using Audit Vault.Room for Improvement:Large scope of improvements:* A method to group targets (databases generating audit files) logically is missing; for example, PROD, QA, UAT & DEV targets.* An alert mechanism based on logical grouping is missing.* A simplified graphic mechanism for the management team.* Remote start and stop of the Audit Vault collector agent.* Sophisticated audit file management tools to control growth of audit files on the target server.Use of Solution:We started our journey in mid-2010 and it’s still in live production.Stability Issues:This product is not stable for large environments with more than 50 targets. Also, it is not recommended for the Audit Vault data warehouse database to be a RAC. It seems that the product is not tested with more than 50 targets, so be ready for performance and usability surprises. To overcome these limitations, we worked with a core designer Audit Vault team and suggested product improvements for future releases. I hope they have incorporated these suggestions in the 12.1/12.2 versions.Scalability Issues:This product has scalability issues, which we resolved after working with a Audit Vault core designer. Some of the major issues are:* This product runs a dynamic partition creation DDL on core warehouse tables at runtime, which is not recommended. The problem escalates when you introduce RAC as a warehouse database. ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/data-warehouse ) This feature simply kills the warehouse RAC database from a performance point of view.* The Audit Vault collector process on warehouse databases is designed to consume more memory to speed up processing and avoid a CPU spike. This holds good when collectors are limited, but when your target base grows, this kills the database server and results in frequent database restarts due to full memory capacity.* The collector process on target servers is not able to identify abrupt Audit Vault server reboots and freezes. To resolve the same, you need to restart all collectors, one-by-one, manually.* While adding a new target, if you have old Audit Vault files (say one or two years old) and if the agent captures that file, then the internal Audit Vault mechanism starts day-wise partition creation. That results in shared pool locks and it gets worse in the case of RAC. The workaround is to clean up all existing audit files and then reinstall the agent.Technical Support:I love Oracle ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/oracle ) support because of its flexible nature. We faced many major roadblocks during implementation, from a scalability point of view. It gave us pleasure to work directly with an Oracle core designer team to address all issues within our timeline. So, the support is excellent.Previous Solutions:This was our first solution.Initial Setup:Initial setup is very simple. There are not many components. Our only worry was the collector process, which runs on the target environment. Also, management of the same is a bit tedious, as remote agent start/stop is not available.Other Solutions Considered:There are not many products available in this segment. We evaluated a couple of products from small organizations, but this is the only solution available for enterprise-class organizations.Other Advice:Go ahead and implement the latest version. The product is really good with many built-in features and controls.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The tool audits database usage. It took the onus off of the database and put it on a separate machine. Creating a report requires advanced coding skills and is not intuitive. Valuable Features:One of the most valuable features is the ability to audit database use. It conformed well. We set it up the way we wanted it.Improvements to My Organization:It took the onus off of the database and put it on a separate machine.Room for Improvement:I see room for improvement in almost all areas. The most important area is with custom reports. It was extremely difficult to create a report. The process to customize the reports requires a lot of research into how to code it. It takes advanced coding skills and is not intuitive. I couldn’t get them to work and I have a background in code writing.Use of Solution:I worked with this solution for two years.Stability Issues:We constantly have stability issues. The product puts an agent on each managed server to process audit information. The agents were constantly going down without warning and missed auditing data.Scalability Issues:Any upgrade or patch required a complete reinstall. This was inconvenient.Technical Support:We have used technical support. The SRs we opened with Oracle were ignored because no one had any experience with the product. A Level 1 (production down) ticket went unanswered for weeks.Initial Setup:The installation took a blank server and installed Oracle Linux, Oracle Database 11.2.0.4, and the web-based application at once. Setting it up was an adventure and the documentation was poor.Other Advice:Good luck.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review about Oracle Audit Vault Valuable Features:over all process.Improvements to My Organization:seprate the role and responsibeletyRoom for Improvement:Key backupsUse of Solution:over 4 yearDeployment Issues:no its very simple and much better then using any other equlant productStability Issues:noScalability Issues:noCustomer Service:7/10Technical Support:7/10Previous Solutions:safenetInitial Setup:very simpleImplementation Team:in house - dont need vendor's helpROI:Team leadCost and Licensing Advice:covers under Oracle ULAOther Solutions Considered:Yes - safnetOther Advice:its simple - very simple. needs to be very carefull for key managment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-09-22
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