New products offer real-time protection for database workloads migrated to Amazon’s Relational Database Service
McAfee late last week announced a collaboration with Amazon resulting in a set of new cloud-based security solutions designed to give users a unified way to get real-time protection for database workloads migrated to Amazon Relational Database Service while monitoring databases on-premises.
The Lowdown: The new McAfee Database Security for Amazon RDS offers improved visibility into cloud database activity, better privileged access controls, and a number of methods to monitor and thwart attacks from within the database, officials said.
The Details: The McAfee database security suite includes:
• Database Activity Monitoring — Protects data from threats by monitoring activity locally on each database server and by alerting or terminating malicious behavior in real time, even when running in virtualized or cloud computing environments.
•Virtual Patching — Detects missing patches, applies vulnerability-specific countermeasures, and fixes misconfigurations (via McAfee Database Security virtual patching technology) found by vulnerability scans.
• Vulnerability Manager for Databases — Automates data classification and identification of systems in scope for audits, enables the review and authorization of user rights, identifies security gaps, and addresses database vulnerabilities through potential misconfigurations.
The Buzz: “We universally hear from our broad customer base that they need to fortify their cloud database deployments with strong security tools, similar to how McAfee has always done with on-premises databases,” said Anand Ramanathan, vice president of enterprise products at McAfee. “By working with AWS, we are helping to facilitate our customers’ cloud journeys by pairing the security pedigree of McAfee with Amazon RDS. AWS customers can now gain access to McAfee Database Security to add an additional layer of security and rapidly implement critical workflows.”
“We’re delighted to see the launch of McAfee Database Security for Amazon RDS, providing enterprises the ability to continue their journey to the cloud with an additional layer of security,” said Sailesh Krishnamurthy, general manager of Aurora, MySQL, and MariaDB at Amazon Web Services. “Customers using Amazon RDS will now be able to automate time-consuming tasks so they are free to focus on the performance, availability, and compatibility of their applications.”