IBM Expands Tivoli Risk Manager Support

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-06-11 Print this article Print

Tivoli Risk Manager now automatically monitors and protects DB2, Oracle 8i and 9i, SQL Server 2000 from security threats, malicious users and other vulnerabilities.

IBMs Tivoli Risk Manager now automatically monitors and protects all the big databases from security threats, malicious users and other vulnerabilities, the company announced Tuesday. Tivoli Risk Manager 4.1 now supports IBMs own DB2 Universal Database, Oracle Corp.s 8i and 9i, and Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server 2000. The software is part of IBMs push to make systems autonomic, featuring self-protecting security event management that correlates database security events with events across an enterprises network. Such an enterprisewide view enables automated responses to proactively protect against threats and allows DBAs (database administrators) to distinguish between real threats and false alarms, said Tivoli officials in Austin, Texas.
The software offers autonomic computing features such as self-configuration and self-protection by assessing potential threats and automating responses such as server reconfiguration, patch deployments and account revocation, officials said.
IBM offered the example of a malicious user who attempts to delete a database entry. Such an action would trigger an alert to be sent to Tivoli Risk Manager, which would then automatically display user information taken from the database onto a security dashboard. If such an action were part of a larger, coordinated attack, Tivoli Risk Manager would correlate the attacks with other products across the enterprise, thus differentiating a large attack from a veritable sea of smaller incidents. Tivoli Risk Manager is available immediately. Current customers can download the new support for DB2, Oracle databases and SQL Server from IBMs Web site at no charge.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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