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Auditing Products for SQL Server

By:   |   Last Updated: 2006-12-06   |   Comments (1)   |   Related Tips: More > Auditing and Compliance

With the many needs (SOX, HIPAA, internal, etc.) for auditing sensitive data, what are the options available in the market place to audit SQL Server data and code changes?  Do these products automatically collect the data as well as build reports and selectively alert on critical issues?

Below outlines the SQL Server auditing products on the market with URL's to the product for more information.

ID Offering Data Changes Code Changes Auto Data Collection Reporting Real Time Alerting
1 ApexSQL Audit *   * *  
2 GridApp Clarity's Auditing and Compliance * * * * *
3 Idera Compliance Manager * * * * *
4 Imperva * * * * *
5 Lumigent Audit DB * * * * *
6 Quest Software SQL Watch   * * * *
7 SQL Server Profiler * * *    
8 SQL Server Triggers * * *    

If you know of additional SQL Server auditing products on the market, please let us know and we will update this tip.  Please email the product\technology\tool to [email protected].

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Last Updated: 2006-12-06

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Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 9:55:18 AM - Panayiotis Hiripis Back To Top

Hi all,

  I believe you should include Sql Server's change tracking feature. Basically, it is an internal triggerless mechanism to observe dml changes to all tables of a database, with a purging mechanism.   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb933875.aspx   and   http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc305322.aspx

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