Keeping their databases secure is one of the things that can keep a DBA up at night. There might be pressure to improve performance to satisfy restless users or maximize system resources to return unneeded disk space to the organization. But those concerns pale when compared to the specter of a data breach or discovering that unauthorized users have access to the company’s valuable information. Those are the kinds of issues that are more likely to lead to a member of the database team cleaning out their cubicle.
Instituting database security is not something that can be done effectively by adopting a reactive approach. It’s far too late to address security flaws once they have been exploited by a hacker or curious user who was not prevented from perusing sensitive data they were not authorized to view. Data breaches cannot be rolled back. Once a database has been compromised, it is too late. At that point, measures are required to minimize the damage that will be done to the enterprise and the individuals whose data was stolen.
Proactive Database Defense Begins with Security Policies
The goal of security in any aspect of an IT environment is to prevent unauthorized intrusion and the associated risk to an organization’s computing systems. Accomplishing this goal is best done through the use of security policies designed to mitigate or eliminate threats. A viable security policy is comprised of many interrelated elements. Some of the most critical to institute include:
Tools for Implementing Security Policies
It’s impossible to enforce database security effectively without the right tools. You need applications that can be used to monitor the systems as well as those that can proactively and reactively address security gaps that are identified. IDERA’s DBArtisan is an administrative tool that offers many features to your database team. Among them is the ability to perform security management functions on a wide variety of database platforms.
DBArtisan supports many different databases including SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle. The tool addresses security with intuitive wizards that assist in performing user, role and permission management from a unified interface. Logical and physical modeling can be performed on these aspects of security to gain a better understanding of what needs to be done to tighten control on access to sensitive data. Accounts can easily be migrated between different database platforms, gaining productivity for your DBAs. You can also classify data based on the level of security that it deserves.
DBArtisan can be a valuable addition to the tools your database team uses to enforce the security policy that protects their databases. Providing your team with the tools they need is the only way to ensure that enterprise security policies are implemented throughout your environment.
Powered by IDERA