Audit Reporting for SQL Server

Flexible auditing within a custom compliance framework With Idera SQL Compliance Manager

Granular auditing for efficient storage

Save storage and resources by collecting only the information that’s necessary

Real-time auditing

Get real-time audit alerts to stay apprised of the process

Current reports and data archive

Archive current reports and data to save space while retaining all data

Regulatory checks based on compliance standards

Easily collect all data that’s relevant for a given compliance standard

Save storage and resources by collecting only the information that’s necessary

Today’s enterprise organizations are responsible for storing, safekeeping, and utilizing vast quantities of data — but it’s not actually necessary to maintain all of that data. SQL Compliance Manager helps database administrators (DBAs) identify the information that’s important for compliance or security audits, freeing organizations to archive or delete extraneous data. This, in turn, saves storage and resources, improving operational efficiency and helping organizations cut costs.

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Get real-time audit alerts to stay apprised of the process

With Status Alerts, DBAs are immediately made aware of any issues or potential disruptions in the Idera SQL Compliance Manager deployment. Status alerts help make the audit reporting process proactive, rather than reactive, preventing larger issues down the line by rapidly identifying potential concerns. Status alerts help DBAs confirm that SQL Server instances are available to be audited, ensure that the SQL Compliance Manager Agent and Collection Server are operating as expected, and predict when more disk space will be needed.

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Archive current reports and data to save space while retaining all data

Archiving audit data is a critical component of business continuity and disaster recovery planning. There’s no need to slow database performance by storing historical audit files on an organization’s main system. For that reason, archiving is a best practice for records management. Idera SQL Compliance Manager archives allow users to off-load collected and processed events from the Repository databases to an archive database, where it remains available for reporting and viewing without impacting processing performance.

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Easily collect all data that’s relevant for a given compliance standard

SQL Compliance Manager utilizes policy-based algorithms to help organizations quickly and easily collect all data that’s relevant to leading compliance standards, including PCI DSS, DISA STIG, NERC, CIS, GDPR, HIPAA, FERPA, and SOX. What’s more, SQL Compliance Manager provides real-time monitoring, auditing, and alerting of all data access, selects, updates, schema modifications, and more, ensuring DBAs have access to all of the information they need to demonstrate compliance.

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Frequently-Asked Questions

Creating a SQL Server log requires enabling auditing on a SQL Server, which allows users to capture SQL events on the server level. To create a new audit log in SQL Compliance Manager, users should:

1. Navigate to Registered SQL Servers in the Administration tree.
2. Select the SQL Server instance on which you want to enable auditing.
3. Click Enable Auditing, which will enable auditing at the server and database levels.

A SQL Server audit is an audit of an instance or an individual database in Microsoft SQL Server. An audit involves tracking and logging events that occur on the server in order to demonstrate compliance to certain industry and government standards of data security, data privacy, and more. SQL Server audit specifications can be set to consist of various audit action items, depending on the organization's compliance needs. There are database-level audits, database object audits, server audits, and more.

SQL Server audit tools streamline the SQL Server auditing process while also providing more robust audit and monitoring functionality than comes with Microsoft SQL Server. Tools like SQL Compliance Manager provide real-time monitoring, alerting, and auditing of activities like database access, database schema changes, security changes, server configuration, and update actions.

Although Microsoft SQL Server comes equipped with various security auditing tools for monitoring and auditing SQL Server instances, they’re generally not sufficiently robust to meet industry and government compliance regulations, particularly for large organizations. Third-party SQL Server audit tools make it much easier for enterprise organizations to monitor and collect the data necessary to meet major compliance requirements.

Regular database auditing enables organizations to stay apprised of how their data is organized and used, and offers critical visibility into misuse or breaches. Auditing safeguards data quality, increases compliance with data privacy regulations, and protects against breaches and other digital threats.

SQL Server audit reporting made easy with an intuitive, secure compliance tool.

Idera SQL Compliance Manager

  • Real-Time SQL Server Alerting
  • Custom Counters and Dashboards
  • In-Depth Query Analysis

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