Appliance sniffs out database exploits

Fortinet, a unified threat management concern, hopes its new
database vulnerability detection product can help database
administrators sniff out exploits on enterprise systems before they
can do any damage.


The Sunnyvale Calif.-based independent service vendor announced
the launch of the FortiDB-1000B, a new security appliance to
protect businesses against data theft from their corporate
databases.


The device is designed as a diagnostic tool to identify and give
notifications via the operating system about weaknesses in
passwords, access privileges and configuration settings. It also
has built-in evaluation and remediation advice for common
compliance requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley 404 and The Payment
Card Industry Data Security Standards, which were recently
renewed.


Jason Wright, Fortinet's senior product manager for the product,
said that for now FortiDB-1000B is slated to mesh well with
medium-sized enterprises and allows database administrators to
establish an audit trail and monitor possible weaknesses.


"It's another mode of security that hardens the OS," Wright
said. "Since the company has a rich history in network security,
the logical step is to look at the database specifically,
strategically and comprehensively from a security perspective."


The release comes at an appropriate time with a slew of
high-profile thefts aimed at that database and with other ISVs such
as Sentrigo Inc., deploying database protection products of their
own to complement Windows enterprise environments. For its part,
the Fortinet product is compatible with Microsoft SQL Server,
Oracle, IBM DB2, Sybase and other database management systems,
applications and services. Each Forti-DB appliance is said to have
the capacity to support up to 30 concurrent databases.


"We're also planning both low- and high-end versions of the
FortiDB product line later in 2008 and 2009, which will be able to
support database instances of 10 and 60," said Jason Wright.


Most enterprises hold personal and proprietary electronic data
on database programs such as Redmond's SQL Server database
application, whose security has been a recent priority for
Microsoft due to an increase in SQL injection attacks.


In this environment, said Charles Kolodgy, security analyst for
IDC, preventative and detective database products are no longer
optional.


"Instead, they are a necessary component to help protect
personal information that organizations are obligated to secure,"
he said.


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