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Imperva Pushes Database Security

Imperva Inc. has unveiled a new high-end device designed specifically to lock down common database traffic of the sort that was recently blamed for a security breach at the FBI and the White House. (See Imperva Intros SecureSphere and FBI Flap Highlights Security Challenge.)

Imperva this week launched its G16 SecureSphere appliance, which monitors and audits database traffic. This includes traffic to and from a Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) SQL server, as well as Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), Sybase Inc.,
and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) DB2 databases.

The new appliance is four rack-units high, with a throughput of 2 Gbytes per second. It joins Impervas current offerings in this space: the one rack-unit high G4 and G8 devices, which offer, respectively, throughputs of 500 Mbytes and 1 Gbyte. All these figures are based on Imperva’s own testing and customer feedback. Pricing for the new box starts at $30,000.

Temecula, Calif., pharmaceutical distributor FFF Enterprises is already using a G4 device to secure its critical databases. Are there any plans to check out the new box? “Absolutely, we will,” says Bob Coates, FFF’s vvvice pppresident of tttechnology.

Coates has already deployed a G4 device in front of the database supporting the firm’s Verified Electronic Pedigree (VEP) program, a Web-based system that lets customers check the origins of different drugs. He says that an additional layer of security is critical in his sector, as drug counterfeiting is a major concern in the pharmaceutical industry.

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