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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sending Data in Guardium to an External Database Using the External Feed

by John Haldeman, Security Practice Lead

Guardium has the capabilities to send data to external databases. Traditionally this is done through CSV exports of the data where an audit process are set up to create CSV files which are moved off the appliance using the results export functionality of the Administration Console.

There was another method of exporting data that, until recently, was not available for most customers to use directly. This method is where Guardium creates a connection to an external database and inserts the results from a report directly into that database. External feeds work by mapping column names from the Guardium database to another database. This used to be a manual process of accessing the Guardium MySQL database directly and creating that mapping. That process required root access, which means you needed support to help you do it.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Installing Optim Manager on CentOS

by Matt Simons, Practice Lead

I was setting up a new CentOS machine the other day in our lab to use as an Optim 9.1 Server (now, CentOS is not an officially supported operating system for running the Optim Server components - its true - but we use it in our lab environments since its the closest thing to Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and I hit upon an issue.  See, all of the components (Runtime Services, WebSphere, Optim Manager, Optim Connection Manager) work fine except for the process of installing the WAS-CE instance as a daemon (I hate having to remember to start things every time).

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Type 1 Guardium STAP for Guardium/Vormetric Data Encryption

by John Haldeman, Security Practice Lead

Today we open sourced a custom STAP for integrating Guardium Database Activity Monitoring and Guardium/Vormetric Data Encryption. This custom STAP can be found at the following GitHub repository:
https://github.com/johnhaldeman/GuardDETap

Guardium Database Activity Monitoring (Guardium DAM) and Guardium/Vormetric Data Encryption (Guardium/Vormetric DE) do a great job of working together to help audit and control the access to sensitive data in databases. This custom STAP receives syslog events sent from Guardium/Vormetric DE agents, translates those messages into the Guardium Universal Feed protocol, and transmits the data to a Guardium DAM collector for reporting and alerting.