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Imperva SecureSphere for SharePoint
Data Security for SharePoint's File, Web and Database Resources



SecureSphere for SharePoint helps organizations protect sensitive data stored within Microsoft SharePoint. It addresses the unique security requirements of SharePoint's file, web and database elements, ensuring that users with legitimate business needs can access data and others cannot. SecureSphere for SharePoint provides visibility and analysis of access rights and data usage, and delivers protection against web-based threats.

SecureSphere for SharePoint provides multi-layered security that includes a Web Application Firewall to protect against web-based attacks, user rights management and activity monitoring to safeguard content such as files, folders and lists, and a Database Firewall to prevent unauthorized access to the Microsoft SQL database at the core of SharePoint.

Key Capabilities:

  • IT Operations
    • Save time managing permissions and performing user rights reviews
    • Decide how best to manage data
    • Find lost, missing or deleted data
    • Free valuable storage space
  • Security
    • Enforce business rules by generating alerts or blocking access to files in SharePoint
    • Ensure access is based on need-to-know
    • Document compliance, conduct forensic investigations and isolate changes
    • Determine how best to protect and manage data
    • Protect against web-based attacks
    • Prevent tampering with SharePoint's Microsoft SQL database
    • Rapid time-to-security


Aggregate and report on SharePoint permissions

SecureSphere aggregates and consolidates user rights across SharePoint sites to provide visibility into effective permissions. With SecureSphere for SharePoint, organizations can conduct rights reviews, eliminate excess rights, and identify dormant users, all of which help ensure access is based on business needto- know.

Allow data owners to control file access

SecureSphere identifies data owners by providing visibility into the top users of SharePoint files, folders and lists. Once the data owner is determined, organizations can reduce risk and keep files secure by directly involving data owners in access rights reviews.

SecureSphere features an intuitive Data Owner Portal that allows business owners to log in, make file access decisions, and submit the results directly to IT to take action. By putting file access control decisions in the hands of those who know corporate data the best, such as the VP of Finance or HR, access rights reviews are more accurate and can be performed more quickly.

Audit all data access activity

SecureSphere provides continuous monitoring and detailed auditing of all data access activity so organizations have a complete audit trail showing the "Who, What, When, Where, and How" of each data access. This enables security, compliance and SharePoint administrative staff to understand exactly who accessed, moved, changed or deleted data.

Enforce security policies in real-time

SecureSphere for SharePoint delivers a flexible policy framework that allows business to take action immediately when data access activity deviates from corporate policy. Organizations can respond by generating alerts, or in certain situations, blocking access completely. Your sensitive files are safe with SecureSphere for SharePoint, the only security technology that can stop unwanted access to files stored in SharePoint.

Protect against web-based attacks

SharePoint is a web-based system, subject to online attacks such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting. SecureSphere for SharePoint incorporates market-leading SecureSphere Web Application Firewall, which protects SharePoint from current and future web security threats.

Prevent unauthorized database access

SharePoint stores all data – files, lists, and application data – within a Microsoft SQL database. SecureSphere for SharePoint incorporates market-leading SecureSphere Database Firewall to monitor all database access and ensure unauthorized access is prevented.

Identify unused data

SecureSphere helps alleviate the constant growth of SharePoint data by identifying data that is stored in SharePoint, but which no one is using. This allows organizations to archive or delete the data, which reduces management overhead and frees valuable storage space.

Quickly secure SharePoint

SecureSphere for SharePoint includes pre-packaged security policies based on the expertise of security researchers in the Imperva Application Defense Center (ADC). ADC Insights for SharePoint helps organizations quickly secure their SharePoint deployments.


SecureSphere for SharePoint Deployment

Features and Appliance Specifications:

Specification Description
SharePoint Versions Supported
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, 2010, 2013
Directory Services Supported
  • Microsoft Active Directory users and groups
User Rights Management
  • Audit user access rights to files and lists via SharePoint permissions
  • Validate excessive rights on sensitive data
  • Identify dormant accounts
  • Identify files accessible by global groups
  • Track changes to user rights
  • Revoke rights and group membership
  • Recommend data owners
SharePoint Activity Audit
  • User name
  • Domain
  • Object name
  • Groups
  • Operation (add/remove/delete)
  • Object type
  • Attribute
  • Before and after value
  • Source and Destination IP
Data Classification
  • Metadata and content-based via integration with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) vendors such as RSA, Websense, McAfee, and Symantec
  • Manual designation
Tamper-Proof Audit Trail
  • Audit trail stored in a tamper-proof repository
  • Optional encryption or digitally signing of audit data
  • Role based access controls to view audit data (read-only)
  • Real-time visibility of audit data
Deployment Modes
  • Web traffic: Transparent Bridge (Layer 2), Reverse Proxy and Transparent Proxy (Layer 7), Non-inline sniffer
  • SharePoint content: lightweight agents
  • SharePoint database: lightweight agents
  • Web User Interface (HTTP/HTTPS)
  • Command Line Interface (SSH/Console)
  • MX Server for centralized management
Events and Reporting
  • SNMP
  • Syslog
  • Integration with leading SIEM vendors
  • Email to data owners and other stakeholders
  • Custom followed action
  • SecureSphere task workflow
  • Integrated graphical reporting
  • Real-time dashboard
Related Products
  • User Rights Management for Files
  • Directory Services Monitor


Download the SecureSphere for SharePoint Datasheet (PDF).