McAfee Data Center Security Suite: Product Overview and Analysis

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Bottom Line

McAfee’s Data Center Security Suite offers comprehensive database discovery, assessment and threat protection capabilities as well as a non-intrusive architecture that minimizes performance overhead. However, the security suite has no data classification and access management functions, and data protection comes from third-party products. It’s a good candidate for McAfee shops, but perhaps too much for anyone else.

Product Description

McAfee Data Center Security Suite for Databases offers real-time protection for databases from threats and exploits. It comprises several McAfee products, including:

  • McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases to automatically discover all databases and assess potential vulnerabilities
  • McAfee Database Activity Monitoring, which provides real-time visibility into all database activity, including privileged user access
  • McAfee Virtual Patching for Databases to protect databases from potential breaches prior to installing vendor-released patch updates

Together, the McAfee Data Center security tools for databases provide unified database security across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Database Security Features Rated

Databases served: Very good

McAfee Data Center Security Suite for Databases supports:

  • Oracle version 8.1.7 and later, running on Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, Linux, HP-UX, Microsoft Windows, including Oracle RAC and Oracle Exadata
  • Microsoft SQL 2000 and later on any supported Windows platform
  • IBM DB2 LUW 9.5, and later
  • Sybase ASE 12.5 and later on all supported platforms
  • Teradata 12, 13, 13.10, 14,15, and 15.1 on Linux
  • MySQL 5.1, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7 on Linux
  • MariaDB version 5.5 (5.5.32 and later), 10.0 and 10.1 on Linux
  • IBM DB2 for Z/OS with CorreLog
  • IBM DB2 for iSeries (AS/400) with Raz-Lee
  • SAP HANA SPS 09, Revision 91 and later
  • PostgreSQL 9.2 and later on Linux

Problem solved: Good

McAfee Data Center Security Suite for Databases can detect insecure PL/SQL code and weak passwords, and will conduct deep memory analysis of SQL execution plans.

Value: Good

McAfee packs plenty of features into its suite of database security tools.

Implementation and Management: Fair

Security Suite for Databases needs to be integrated with McAfee ePO software for end-to-end security visibility and management without blind spots.

Support: Very good

User comments on support are favorable.

“McAfee support has been great,” said a government Network Security Analyst.

Cloud: Fair

McAfee Data Center Security Suite for Databases is focused more on on-premises deployments, though it can access some cloud databases.

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High-risk violations can be configured to automatically terminate suspicious sessions and quarantine malicious users, allowing time for the security team to investigate the intrusion.






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