Security & Integrity Monitoring

Integrity monitoring software detects changes

Security and Integrity Monitoring

Monitor your system for unauthorized changes, so security threats can be detected and removed before mission-critical data is damaged or exposed.

Receive instant notifications of unapproved activity.

Detect unauthorized changes to files, so threats can be removed.

Meet the requirements of common regulatory standards.

Get the Visibility You Need

The increase in data breaches over the past 10 years, and the creative methods attackers use to access sensitive data, confirm that the best defense is multi-layered data protection.

Putting barricades in place to prevent attackers from accessing your system is essential, but you also have to verify their effectiveness. File integrity monitoring (FIM) is an internal control or procedure that validates the integrity of files, typically by comparing the current state to the known baseline or by monitoring file changes and notifying interested parties in real time.

“It’s simple really. Ultimately, it’s about knowing where you stand with compliance, privacy, and overall security issues. We want to actively manage our environment and the HelpSystems products give us peace of mind that we are doing that well.”

Assistant Vice President and Computer Operations Manager
Bank of Stockton

Your Safety Net: Identifying and Tracking Abnormal Activity

What’s the point of security integrity monitoring if you already have security controls in place? It’s your back-up protection.

Monitoring changes on your system enables you to respond promptly to suspicious activity, so that you can minimize—or prevent—the damage. Security integrity monitoring initiatives typically involve providing visibility into:

  • Which user initiated a change
  • What application or function made the change
  • When the change was made
  • What the value was before and after the change
  • Whether the change was authorized

If a breach occurs, the information provided by integrity monitoring allows you to assess the scope of the breach. Proving that only a small subset of a database was exposed can result in a smaller, less costly breach response. Proving that personally identifiable information (PII) was not exposed could save you time and resources—and minimize negative publicity.

PCI DSS and HIPAA Require File Monitoring

Security integrity monitoring is often necessary to stay compliant with government regulations and industry standards.

For example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) requires file integrity monitoring or change-detection software to ensure your audit trail cannot be altered without creating an alert. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires mechanisms that verify protected health information has not been changed or destroyed in an unauthorized manner.

Compare Security Integrity Monitoring Solutions

  Interact Data Thread Network Security Managed Security Services
Platform IBM i IBM i IBM i IBM i, AIX, Linux
Key Features
  • Monitor events from the security audit journal in real time
  • Convert raw security event data into a meaningful format
  • Use filters to select or omit events based on key characteristics
  • Send events to your SIEM solution in real time
  • Record before and after images of database changes for a complete audit trail
  • Filter events to limit data to a manageable amount and focus more easily on security risks
  • Meet data integrity requirements without programming or modifying applications
  • Monitor and control user access through exit points
  • Record transactions to a secure, tamper-proof repository
  • Use access rules to limit access to only users with a demonstrated need
  • Receive an annual Risk Assessment for each partition licensed
  • Includes all software tools required for monitoring activities
  • Monthly monitoring of 10 key security indicators
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