McAfee Addresses Security of MySQL Databases with Free Audit Plug-in

Downloadable plug-in for MySQL allows users to capture detailed MySQL database activity information.

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McAfee has released a free, open-source audit plug-in for MySQL database users to capture complete detailed activity audits from their databases. The plug-in was created and developed by McAfee as part of a new set of features for its database security solution. The new plug-in helps small and mid-size businesses as well as larger enterprises satisfy audit requirements.

“McAfee developed the free database audit plug-in to give the community of MySQL users a means of building enterprise-level database security around their databases,” said Dan Sarel, vice president of Database Security Product Management at McAfee. “When coupled with the McAfee Database Activity Monitoring sensor for MySQL, the data is subject to the same real-time analysis and policy enforcement as the data collected from other supported databases.”

The McAfee approach to database security circumvents the major challenges that prevent most organizations from properly protecting their databases, by offering key features such as:

  • Complete visibility into database vulnerabilities: Provides total insight into the security posture of each and every database in the environment

  • Non-intrusive, real-time protection across all threat vectors: McAfee’s solution is non-intrusive and requires no changes to the existing database and network architecture and offers reliable protection for databases from malicious or unauthorized activity across all threat vectors

  • Compliance without downtime: Through McAfee virtual patching for databases, security updates can be made without the business disruption created by taking critical applications offline

The McAfee database security solution's software-only implementation is easy to deploy, highly scalable, and ideal for protecting and monitoring databases in the cloud -- many of which are MySQL-based.

The free open-source MySQL audit plug-in supports such databases as Oracle, Sybase, MS-SQL and DB2, and can be downloaded from For more information on McAfee database security, visit

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