McAfee and Sentrigo Data Security

by Andrew H
For my last blog post I read an article by Leena Rao called, “Intel’s McAfee Acquires Sentrigo to Boost Database Security Offerings.” The article talks about how McAfee announced the acquisition of Sentrigo. Sentrigo had raised $19 million in venture funding and offers host based software that protects enterprise databases. It does so by monitoring all of the databases activity in real time and the providing alerts, audit trail, virtual patching, and automatic intrusion capabilities. This is was all done via a program called Hedgehog which has a very small footprint and allows for complete monitoring of all database activities with no interference of any kind. McAfee had actualy partnered with Sentrigo in 2010 and in 2011 they acquired them. Mcafee’s Vulnerability Manager is a product that both companies had worked on before the acquisition, it automatically discovers all databases on a network, scans them, collects a full inventory of configuration details and determines if the latest patches have been applied. Their Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) not only tracks the changes in the database but protects the data from external threats as well with real time alerts and session termination.

I read this article because the title caught my eye. We have talked in class multiple times about how important security is for our databases. So When I saw an article talking about boosting database security I wanted to see what it was all about. I believe that many people will have mixed emotions on a service like this because you are allowing another company access to your databases and what they do with your files is unkown even though they state that they do not touch them. However there are some benefits and most likely cost reductions as well, if you use a service like this, it will most likely be cheaper than having extra workers in your office monitoring the database. That said even if you had somebody monitoring it they most likely would not catch a security breach as fast as this program would.

Rao, L. (2011, March 23). Intel’s McAfee Aquires Sentrigo To Boost Database Security Offerings. Retrieved from techcrunch:

3 thoughts on “McAfee and Sentrigo Data Security

  • December 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Great post! First of all, it is great to hear about the news of McAfee’s new move. This is another post about protecting our database besides Rudy’s post of “Planning for Disasters”/(database back up plan). Personally, I rarely have McAfee installed in my computers; It is very helpful, but it is also a way too “sensitive” on things you run in your computer. For instance, it pops up warning windows on some applications, games, and some websites which are completely safe. Honestly, I not sure its accuracy on database until people who really it and experience it.

  • December 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This is an interesting technology. It seems to me that it is combining both proactive and reactive strategies to cover both existing threats to the system, whether it be malware or just something that needs patching, and new threats as they target a companies systems. I have similar concerns as Hongde He does, because in my experience McAfee either triggers on things that are safe or it misses something that is most obviously a threat. Hopefully they have a better detection engine in place for their corporate offerings so that McAfee and its product offerings stay relevant into the future.

  • December 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Interesting article. We all know that security is a big part of database management, so this article is definitely relevant. One thing that caught my eye is that ‘Hedgehog’ can do its job without leaving any trace that it has done so. Hopefully that by having this upper hand, database security will be even tighter. Thanks for the post.

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