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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How Do SonarG and Information Insights Solve Common Infrastructure Optimization Issues for your Existing Guardium Deployments?

Partnering for Even More Secure Enterprise Data Infrastructure

Earlier this year, Information Insights announced a partnership with jSonar, enhancing data security capabilities with the SonarG solution for further optimizing Guardium environments. Led by Ron Ben Natan, former CTO/founder of Guardium, this additional layer of protection takes advantage of next-generation Big Data technology to enhance and expand the platform’s resources in a number of key areas.

Since that announcement, I’ve met with many of jSonar’s Guardium clients to discuss SonarG, receiving feedback on our approach, along with insight into current challenges and goals for expanding the functionality and value that they get from Guardium. 

We were quickly able to pinpoint the source of SonarG’s enthusiastic adoption - it provides a powerful set of capabilities that perfectly complement the challenges and goals that the majority of Guardium deployments are facing.

Over the next few weeks, we will outline the findings from these conversations to address common concerns from customers, along with insight into how these are solved via SonarG – focusing on three major areas of enterprise data management: infrastructure optimization, improving data access and enabling security analytics.

Challenge One: Secure Infrastructure Optimization
The majority of clients that I spoke with are continuing to expand their Guardium footprint, driven by increasing database counts and a need to open up their policies to capture and monitor more sensitive data.  Knowing that this growth directly translates into increased infrastructure and operational costs, they are looking for complementary technology that would allow them to minimize the “care and feeding” overhead of Guardium while also reducing costs.  The overwhelming message was How can we….?

·       …reduce infrastructure and storage costs while collecting more data?
·       …simplify the collection architecture to enable better use of the data?
·       …kill aggregators and their processes, latency, instability, etc?
·       …increase retention periods from 15-45 days to a year or more?

We designed the SonarG architecture to simplify Guardium architecture and help customers focus more on the data output and less on the challenges of collecting and managing what is often many TBs of activity data distributed across many appliances.

Looking at the architectural diagram, a key change is clear: Aggregators are eliminated. All Collectors send their data to a common SonarG warehouse, which is typically a single commodity server or instance optimized for low cost, large storage and high performance queries.

Nothing changes on the STAP, Collector and Central Manager fronts, other than enabling the collectors to push data to the warehouse using an extraction method that was jointly developed with IBM using data mart technology. With the right patch level and a couple of simple scripts, data extraction is up and running. You can even test this in parallel with your aggregators, since the SonarG system can run concurrently.

With the SonarG approach, you can embrace broader policies and collect much more data without fear of negatively impacting their Guardium environment.

This simple change in architecture provides a number of key benefits that tie directly into the challenges highlighted earlier:

-       We’ve eliminated Aggregators completely while consolidating data into a central data warehouse and cost effectively extending retention periods

-       We’ve reduce Collector storage from 600GB to 60GB and eliminated the challenge of managing long term data on the collectors

-       We’ve reduce collection latency from 24 hours to 1 hour

-       We’ve increase collector throughput by 10-20%

The next blog in the series will look into how SonarG can greatly improve access to increasingly large volumes of data, securely, across teams. Think self-service reporting and hundreds of different tools that your team can use to securely access relevant data.

Guest Author: Chris Brown, jSonar

Monday, August 1, 2016

Information Insights Expands Data Security Capabilities


Information Insights Expands Data Security Capabilities with BTRG Practice Group Acquisition

Through the recent acquisition of the Data Security/ Governance Practice of The Business & Technology Resource Group (BTRG)), Information Insights strengthens the delivery capacity and competency of their Nationally-Recognized Data Security Practice.

August 1, 2016 (Atlanta, GA) – Information Insights, LLC, an IBM Premier Business Partner, is pleased to announce their recent acquisition of BTRG’s Information Governance Practice. BTRG is a leading industry partner, known for providing comprehensive security strategies and data masking.

“The addition of BTRG’s proven Data Security and Information Governance team to our group expands our ability to deliver data security solutions to an expanding client base, in a time when data security is a critical issue for all enterprises. At the same time, the complementary nature of the teams allows Information Insights to maintain a tight focus on delivering excellence in our core competencies and enhances our Guardium Managed Services capability,” said Bill Crawford, Information Insights’ President. “Additional Data Security capabilities let us be very responsive to our clients and our partners. Adding the BTRG team allows us to quickly bring talented resources to bear on time sensitive initiatives, like securing enterprise data assets.”

Information Insights helps clients improve their security posture through robust data security, privacy and encryption strategies and solutions. By joining BTRG with their team, Information Insights increases the delivery capacity and tools at their disposal to help clients advance their data security programs, while at the same time addressing key business challenges around privacy, compliance and scalability.
To learn more about how Information Insights safeguards enterprise data through activity monitoring, encryption and masking of critical IT assets, visit them online at
About Information Insights
Information Insights, LLC, North America’s only Gold Accredited Guardium Partner, is a software solutions provider focused on helping companies improve enterprise data management. With domain expertise in the areas of data security, data privacy and data lifecycle management, Information Insights has the skills and experience required to help clients drive cost reduction and risk mitigation in their enterprise application portfolios.