Database Activity Monitoring :Essential to Database Security

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Database Activity Monitoring :Essential to Database Security


Companies need to think through their entire data security strategy which includes attacks on data from inside and outside the organization. Privileged insiders such as database administrators can pose a significant risk to customer and proprietary data if allowed to act unchecked.  A recent survey show database administrators are more reactive than proactive in regards to monitoring their database(s). Many seem to be driven by compliance mandates, rather than taking a proactive approach to intrusion detection and prevention hence the need of database monitoring.

Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) is defined by Gartner as “… tools that can be used to support the ability to identify and report on fraudulent, illegal or other undesirable behavior, with minimal impact on user operations and productivity.” These tools also help in detecting unusual and unauthorized, internal or external activities while still gauging the effectiveness of security tools and policies in place.

Database activity monitoring tools are implemented as standalone configurations or as software modules loaded on the database servers. The monitoring is accomplished through a combination of several methods, including network sniffing, reading of database audit logs and/or system tables and memory scraping. Regardless of the methodology chosen, the data must be correlated in order to detect and get a clear view of what’s going on within the database. These tools can help simplify that correlation and provide the administrator with the ability to detect and prevent attacks, provide forensic evidence when a data breach occurs, and ability to reconstruct data or restore it to a previous state. .

Database Activity Monitoring is an extremely valuable tool for compliance and security in our organizations, it is critical to the emerging practice of information-centric security. Database Activity Monitoring gives insight into our most sensitive systems in a non-intrusive way, and can evolve into a proactive security defense and prevent potential breaches. It’s a tool that can help improve data security and reduce compliance overhead without affecting the business processes.
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Data Security Tool


What measure is your IT administrator taking to make sure sensitive and critical data for the organization does not leak out the corporate network?

Well data breaches are increasingly becoming a norm as companies are faced with securing a multitude of networks, devices, applications, users, and files used in the course of conducting business. And with the rise of cloud computing, security perimeters are more difficult to define than ever before.

Data loss prevention (DLP) refers to the identification and monitoring of sensitive data to ensure that it’s only accessed by authorized users and that there are safeguards against data leaks. Companies have chosen these data loss prevention tools because of the breadth of their capabilities. With DLP you can configure robust set of policies solution that maps to corporate policies and regulatory requirements, develop escalation workflows and remediation processes. Now that more corporate data is moving to the cloud, the question for companies with data loss prevention tools is how to extend their DLP policies to cloud services. Enterprises need a solution that extends their enterprise DLP policies to the cloud, without requiring them to create redundant policies and escalation workflows.

An effective data loss prevention strategy needs to address such areas as data management solutions, perimeter control, network segmentation and security zones, access control, identity of both users and devices, connectivity and VPN, data encryption, mobile devices, cloud services, content control such as web and email, application management and content inspection, and secure storage.

To avoid the embarrassment, reputation damage and revenue loss, your enterprise must be able to identify, track, and secure all confidential data from multiple points within the organization and in the cloud. The DLP policies, as well as better employee education, should help protect sensitive data not just from hackers and disgruntled employees, but from employees that can sometimes get careless. A well-designed IT security system with a DLP solution will prevent intruders from stealing while it protects trade secrets, company data, and other Intellectual Property.

After all… data is the new currency.

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