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Data retention software comes to the fore

San Francisco-based Addamark Technologies will introduce the latest version of its specialised database for log information, with...

San Francisco-based Addamark Technologies will introduce the latest version of its specialised database for log information, with new features designed to address the data-retention requirements of laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley.

Omnisight 2.0 will allow companies to collect, compress, store and review event data collected from an array of systems and security devices, said Kevin Harahan, director of product security at Addamark.

The captured information can include application and transaction logs, web activities and security event data.

Omnisight also offers capabilities for identifying violations of corporate policies, reviewing suspicious systems activity and performing forensic analysis for security purposes,.

Addamark is not the only company offering such tools. Intellitactics, a supplier of software for correlating different security incidents, last month added a storage component designed to preserve raw data about security events in a compressed form.

Consul Risk Management offers a similar product. Prices for the tools typically start at about $50,000.

Forrester Research analyst Michael Rasmussen said compressing terabytes of raw log data to a fraction of its original size is much cheaper and more efficient than storing it in traditional relational databases.

Jaikumar Vijayan writes for Computerworld

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