• Beginners Guide to Data Masking

    As data continues to grow and proliferate throughout the enterprise, data breaches continue to make headlines across all industries. As a result, regulators are increasingly focused on data protection and privacy. Beginners Guide to Data Masking explores what data masking is and how it can help organizations defend themselves against data breaches and improve compliance with data protection regulations.
  • eBook: Cyber Security is the Board’s Business

    Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to establish and govern business policies and practices that drive a company’s financial performance and growth. But do they have a comprehensive view of the company’s defense posture to assure they are a conscientious steward of the business?

    In this eBook, Board members will discover why they need to be concerned about cyber security and how to get more involved.
  • The 2016 Insider Threat Study: Current State of Enterprise Data Security

    The 2016 Insider Threat Study: Current State of Enterprise Data Security surveyed IT executives on their top concerns regarding data security and insider threats. 72% of respondents said “careless users” are their highest worry for data breaches while 39% are concerned about malicious users. Addressing the risk of insider threats is a priority, and respondents said lack of user behavior monitoring and poor visibility across products and vendors hamper detection. Download the study to get the full breakdown of the results and learn how organizations are addressing insider threats.
  • Database Audit and Protection Tips, eBook 1: Getting Started

    The demand for better data security and improved data privacy is driving a parallel demand for skilled staff. The challenge of finding and hiring experienced staff takes time and budget. This book will help existing teams and people seeking a career in data security get started learning the practical knowledge necessary to plan, implement and maintain a cost-effective data protection solution that simplifies compliance.
  • Cyber Security Board Oversight: Taking Ownership of Cyber Security Risks

    Enterprise-level cyber security solutions require more than just technology and employee training; they require the top-down involvement of everyone within the organization, including the Board of Directors. Getting buy-in from a Board of Directors is not always easy, however.

    In this eBook, CEOs and CIOs will discover new ways to educate their Board of Directors and get them onboard with their cyber security.
  • Combat today’s threats with a single platform for app and data security

    Read Combat Today’s Threats with a Single Platform for App and Data Security and learn how to protect web applications and sensitive data across the enterprise and in the cloud. Employing a practical approach, this paper guides you through four simple steps to discover, assess, protect and monitor access to sensitive data.
  • Imperva Automates NERC CIP Compliance and Secure Critical Infrastructure

    Meeting the aggressive NERC requirements, including the April 2016 deadline for NERC CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Version 5 Framework is challenging by itself. The NERC CIP Framework only address a minimal baseline for security. Simply meeting compliance does not guarantee that an organization’s web applications and data are secure. Those organizations wishing to enhance their security postures need to use NERC as a starting point and put in place preventive, investigative, and corrective cyber controls that enhance overall cyber security, that are operationally efficient, and produce compliance outputs as a natural byproduct of the security best practices.
  • The Hidden Costs of “Free” Database Auditing

    To achieve compliance for regulatory mandates, many organizations turn to the “free” auditing tools within their database servers. In reality, these “free” auditing tools may be costing businesses a significant amount more than other, independent tools such as the SecureSphere data audit and protection(DAP) solution from Imperva. In addition to their hidden monetary costs, the native auditing mechanisms leave basic audit requirements unfulfilled and expose businesses to a host of risks and vulnerabilities that leave sensitive data unprotected. This is true for any of the commercially available databases on the market today. This paper presents the true costs associated with an organization’s decision to implement native database auditing. To illustrate the costs, a scenario is presented in which a medium sized business is hit with hidden costs of $2 million when the business implements native database auditing. In contrast, Imperva SecureSphere database auditing solution would fulfill the organization’s compliance requirements at a fraction of the cost while providing more rigorous data security and auditing capabilities.
  • Gartner Market Guide for Data-Centric Audit and Protection, December 2015

    New Gartner Market Guide for Data-Centric Audit and Protection describes the five DCAP capabilities that CISOs need for databases, files, big data, SaaS and IaaS. Download the guide and learn the importance of coordinated security policies and management across data silos, as well as how current data security methods are rendered obsolete.
  • Five Keys to Big Data Audit and Protection

    To help IT security and compliance teams select an ideal data-centric audit and protection (DCAP) solution for their big data environments, this paper identifies five key requirements for evaluating candidate offerings. It also explains how Imperva SecureSphere addresses each of these requirements to deliver a unified solution that enables enterprises to support not only a growing portfolio of big data assets, but their traditional database environments as well.
  • Seven Keys to a Secure Data Solution: How to choose the right data centric audit and security solution

    Explosive data growth and a marked increase in the number and types of repositories in which it is being stored are driving enterprises to revisit their strategies for data security and governance. Rather than relying on tools and methods that result in numerous disconnected pockets of coverage, the focus needs to shift to data-centric audit and protection (DCAP). To help organizations navigate the evaluation process, this paper shares seven ways Imperva SecureSphere solutions for data security and governance surpass the competition.
  • Four Ways Built-in Database Auditing Drains Your IT Budget

    IT organizations are under pressure to deliver innovative solutions, while keeping overall IT costs in check. That’s why database auditing and protection projects often leverage existing resources, particularly built-in database auditing tools. The problem with built-in database auditing is that it leaves businesses with compliance and security gaps and burdens them with expensive hidden costs.

    This paper explores four key built-in database auditing inefficiencies that drain IT budgets. It will also demonstrate how organizations can use an automated solution to streamline database audit and protection and, in the process, free up more than 80% of the IT resources and budget dollars they are spending on database compliance today.
  • Interview with Executive Allan Tessler: Corporate Directors Must Be Involved in Cyber Security

    A corporate board needs to be responsible for ensuring that an organization’s intellectual assets as well as customer information are protected. Customer data is one of the primary sets of information that needs to be safeguarded from hacking and invasion because of the potential mal-use of that information. Read this short Q&A to learn why it’s important for corporate directors to understand cyber security risks.
  • How Malware and Targeted Attacks Infiltrate Your Data Center

    Advanced targeted attacks leverage social engineering techniques and malware to bypass the security perimeter and compromise those individuals already on the inside of your enterprise. It only takes one infected employee to unknowingly unleash an attack on your entire network. This white paper will examine the seven stages of an advanced targeted attack, explore why traditional defenses, such as firewalls and IPS solutions lack the application and data focus needed to protect data center assets, and outline the functionality required to safeguard your organization from targeted attacks.
  • [eBook] Targeted Attacks: 8 Steps to Safeguard Your Organization

    User accounts and devices provide a direct pathway for hackers to access your most valuable asset - your data. By targeting your trusted employees, attackers can circumvent conventional solutions like firewalls and IPS solutions to penetrate your network and compromise your data center. A multi-layered strategy with malware detection and data center security is critical as it buys your IT department time to remediate compromised devices on your schedule and without impeding user productivity. This eBook includes case studies from eight organizations in highly targeted industries that suffered an advanced targeted attack; explains how targeted attacks, often using spear phishing and malware, consistently defy firewalls and IPS solutions; details critical layers of technology that businesses can implement to ensure data center protection; and provides an eight step plan for safeguarding your organization from attack.
  • Data Protection Under POPI

    6 Step Data Privacy Protection Plan for the South African Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Bill

    Is your organization ready to address the South African Protection of Personal Information (POPI) bill? POPI prescribes information protection principles to regulate collection and processing of South African citizens' personal data. In this paper, we review POPI's eight principles and discuss how best to address those with practical data security processes and solutions.
  • SharePoint Governance and Security: Where to Start

    SharePoint is a complex platform experiencing explosive growth in adoption, exposure, and storage of sensitive content. Consequently, SharePoint security and governance are under greater scrutiny at the executive level and require immediate mitigation actions. The phased, risk-based perspective outlined in this paper aligns investments and priorities to accomplish the greatest security return for existing SharePoint deployments. Security plans should include both preventative and analytical capabilities and incorporate automated tools to provide controls and information that cannot be addressed practically by native SharePoint functionality or corporate resources.
  • Top Ten Database Threats

    Databases contain the crown jewels of an organization, which means a break-in, by insiders or outsiders, can cost millions from lawsuits fines and customer attrition. The good news is that there are only a small number of commonly used methods to attack databases. Defend against these, and you will have a highly secure database.
  • Data Privacy: The High Cost of Unprotected Sensitive Data

    Today, organizations face a heightened threat landscape with data breaches constantly on the rise. Financial records, medical records, personally identifiable information (PII), and other private business data exist in virtually every enterprise data center. Failing to safeguard the databases that store this information can damage your reputation, impact your operations, and result in regulatory violations, fines, and legal fees. This white paper will (1) present 6 steps to automate and enforce enterprise data privacy policies (2) identify the database security tools needed to accomplish each step (3) highlight Imperva's market-leading SecureSphere Data Security Suite.
  • An Inside Track on Insider Threats

    How do leading companies mitigate the invisible problem of rogue insiders? Imperva analyzed dozens of companies to understand some of the commonly deployed practices across human resources, legal and technology to stop malicious insiders from taking data and intellectual property. Specifically, we identify nine practices top enterprises have found the most useful to control the leakage of digital assets. Pinpointing the source and scope of data theft is often hard to quantify, especially since your largest internal threat may actually be one of your most loyal employees. This research presents the findings of the first-ever global insider threat study that catalogs common practices used by leading organizations across numerous verticals.
  • Five Steps for Protecting Australian Government Information

    According to the Information Security Manual (ISM), the primary cyber threat to Australia is cyber exploitation: malicious activities designed to silently gather information from ICT systems. The disclosure of sensitive commercial or government information can threaten national interests. The disclosure of sensitive personal information can enable malicious activities against individuals. The security of sensitive government and commercial information is critical for ensuring that Australia continues to be a safe place to do business online. This paper outlines Five Steps to protect critical information.
  • Information Security Risk Management for Australian Financial Service Organizations

    Published in 2010 by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the prudential practice guide PPG 234 aims to assist regulated financial institutions in the management of security risk in information and information technology. The guide targets areas where APRA continues to identify weaknesses as part of its ongoing supervisory activities. PPG 234 reflects the need for sound risk management disciplines and solid business understanding to evaluate and manage the IT security risk profile. This paper identifies how SecureSphere enables financial institutions to incrementally address the PPG 234 security recommendations and mitigate risks to their information and information systems.
  • [eBook] How to Protect Your Website From Hackers

    Hackers continuously attack Websites in order to steal sensitive data and disrupt access. To address the threat from hackers, the PCI Data Security Standard mandates that merchants fortify their Web applications against attack. This eBook describes today's Web security risks and introduces new cloud-based solutions that protect Websites from hackers and meet PCI compliance requirements.
  • Advanced Persistent Threat - Are You the Next Target?

    Security researchers have been talking about advanced persistent threat (APT) for some time. Recently, we have seen a steep increase in the number of organizations hit by this type of attack. Initially, researchers thought APTs were mostly aimed at government agencies or political targets, but the latest attacks on enterprises suggest that APTs are not confined to a specific type of organization or sector.
  • [eBook] SharePoint Security Playbook

    The increasing use of Microsoft SharePoint to store sensitive business data and extend access and collaboration to partners, customers, and suppliers has outpaced native SharePoint security capabilities. More and more organizations are storing and accessing sensitive, regulated information through this platform. To improve business security, organizations must invest in organizing, managing, and protecting these valuable assets. By implementing the five lines of defense outlined in this eBook, you will be able to overcome operational challenges and protect your SharePoint deployments against both internal and external threats.
  • Implementing Security Controls for addressing DHS Sensitive Systems Policy Directive 4300A

    This paper reviews how SecureSphere enables DHS components to implement the technical controls described in chapter 5 of the DHS 4300A Sensitive Systems Handbook. With SecureSphere Data Security Solutions, DHS components can facilitate detection of security violations, and support security requirements for applications and data, including Identification and Authentication, Access Controls and Auditing.
  • Compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule - Meeting the Electronic Code of Federal Requirements

    The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information. In this paper we review the security standards for protection of e-PHI as listed under part 164 of the 45 CFR, and map SecureSphere Data Security Suite solutions to the specified requirements described in these standards.
  • Meeting NIST SP 800-53 Guidelines

    This paper reviews information security requirements described by NIST in SP 800-53. It discusses the main implementation challenges organizations struggle with. The paper also maps key capabilities of Imperva's SecureSphere Data Security Suite to NIST SP 800-53 guidelines, describing how SecureSphere solutions can be used to implement required controls, manage risk to federal information and demonstrate compliance.
  • Facing Reality: Top Database Security Trends

    Enterprise database infrastructure is subject to an overwhelming range of threats. Securing databases and the data they host is challenging not only because of the volume of data spread across heterogeneous platforms, but also because of the increased sophistication and rising rate of database security threats. This paper reviews the top database security trends that IT managers and security teams struggle to keep up with, including: advanced persistent threat (APT), SQL injection, implementation of audit controls, database patch and configuration management, limiting users rights to data based on business need-to-know, abuse of legitimate data access privileges, and cloud security.
  • Security for PCI Compliance

    Addressing Security and Auditing Requirements for Web Applications, Databases, and File Servers

    For many organizations, Web, database, and file security present the most challenging barriers to achieving PCI DSS compliance. Often, businesses must provision new technologies or roll out new processes to satisfy Web application security, data audit, and user rights management requirements in the PCI standard.

    This paper focuses on the key PCI DSS requirements that impact application and data security. Designed for auditors and security professionals, it describes how Imperva SecureSphere solutions can help organizations address the most costly and complex PCI mandates.
  • Protected! Mitigating Web Application and Database Vulnerabilities with Virtual Patching

    It's not always possible - or practical - to patch vulnerabilities in your Web applications or databases as soon as you discover them. You can use a technique known as ""virtual patching"" to rapidly address vulnerabilities and ensure you are protected until a long-term fix can be put in place. This brief whitepaper discusses the business benefits of virtual patching, including improved security and increased operational efficiency.
  • Data Security Study: Consumer Password Worst Practices

    In December 2009, a major vulnerability was discovered in Rockyou.com. By examining a hacker's blog, a major vulnerability was discovered that led to the breach of 32 million passwords and the hacker posted to the Internet the full list of the 32 million passwords (with no other identifiable information). The data provides a unique glimpse into the way that users select passwords and an opportunity to evaluate the true strength of these as a security mechanism. Further, never before has there been such a high volume of real-world passwords to examine. The Imperva Defense Center analyzed the strength of the passwords.
  • Top 10 Guide to Data Security for Federal Agencies

    Web application and database security remains one of the most vulnerable areas across federal agencies as well as the private sector in virtually every geography and business vertical. An essential difference between enterprises and federal agencies is the attacker.

    Irrespective of attacks from inside or outside an organization data remains the prize. Traditional network security controls while valuable and necessary simply don't scale to address data-centric attacks, and organizations need to augment them with data-centric solutions focused on the targets: Web applications and databases. But federal agencies are not just focused on security - they also need to demonstrate compliance to both agency and congressional mandates.
  • Implementing Sarbanes-Oxley Audit Requirements

    The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 set requirements for the integrity of the source data related to financial transactions and reporting. In particular, auditors are looking at regulated data residing in databases connected to enterprise applications such as SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and other Web Applications. In this White Paper, Imperva presents the range of functions that need to take place to achieve and demonstrate compliance with SOX.