Sentrigo's Hedgehog Enterprise v3.5 Speeds Customer Deployments

New application mapping capabilities assist in quickly implementing custom security policies

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Sentrigo, Inc. has updated its flagship product, the Hedgehog Enterprise database activity monitoring and intrusion prevention solution, for leading database management systems. The new version's features enable easier and faster deployment of highly customized security and audit policies that protect sensitive information so organizations can meet their risk and compliance requirements.

The most significant enhancement in this new release collects information on databases as well as the applications and users that access them, then provides administrators with a simple interface to turn these findings into rules. Although large enterprise organizations deploy granular rules to ensure that access to databases at every level is restricted to only authorized users and systems, it can be extremely difficult to identify every potential use case. Application Mapping simplifies this process by allowing administrators to use automation and statistical data to build out a customized, granular security policy quickly and seamlessly, typically in a matter of weeks.

Application Mapping was designed to simplify the security/audit policy creation without the risks and limitations involved with baselining and other learning techniques that normally fail in production environments. These types of tools only look for anomalies and can miss potential threats that may be occurring already, and also frequently issue unnecessary alerts on activity that may be authorized, but was not present during the data gathering process. Application Mapping utilizes automated techniques to understand activity; it then leverages the knowledge and judgment of security and database professionals by enabling them to use this information to efficiently create clearly defined policies in their environments.

“Creating and maintaining audit and security policies for databases is not an easy task and requires deep knowledge of the entire application and database environment,” said Dan Sarel, vice president of products at Sentrigo. “Application Mapping is a tool that makes this task manageable, and is proven to work even in complex production environments. This novel, hybrid approach to policy creation leverages statistical data to assist security professionals as they efficiently create custom rules that reflect their knowledge of the enterprise and expert judgment.”

Hedgehog 3.5 provides a number of other enhancements, including:

  • Improved support for efficient WAN deployments by compressing traffic between remote sensors and the server, enabling central management and monitoring of geographically distributed systems

  • A community feedback mechanism to gather data on virtual patch alerts and automatically share this with Sentrigo’s research team, leveraging the experience base of all users to track database attack trends

  • Improved reporting and standards-compliance templates

Hedgehog Enterprise 3.5 is available immediately for all new deployments, and for customers with current maintenance agreements. For more information about the Hedgehog Enterprise 3.5 solution, or to download a 14-day evaluation copy, please visit