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.