The COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc in many areas of society across the globe. It has been the cause of thousands of deaths and has stressed our healthcare systems to the breaking point. The measures taken to slow the spread of the disease have decimated large segments of the economy. All around the world, people are trying to come to grips with a new normal that is yet to reveal its true form. With treatments or a vaccine at least months if not years away, these problems will be with us for the foreseeable future.
As if dealing with the physical and economic effects of the virus is not enough, the security of IT systems and databases is also under attack. Some malicious cybercriminals are exhibiting even lower moral standards than usual and are using the fear and confusion caused by the coronavirus to further their attempts to compromise valuable data resources.
Cyberattacks and the Coronavirus
There are always entities that try to use the misfortune of others for malign purposes, so it should not come as a surprise that the virus has spawned a rash of focused attacks. It is an unfortunate and sad example of the dark side of human nature. The rogue programs they produce may be designed to steal personally identifiable information (PII) and other data assets. In some cases, the goal of their exploits appears to be to cause more confusion and take down systems that are vital to fighting the virus.
Hackers devoid of any semblance of conscience are taking advantage of three factors that contribute to an environment conducive to successfully delivering malware.
Attacks Focusing on the Healthcare Infrastructure
In addition to the generic cyberattacks that are trading on the disruption caused by COVID-19, some entities are focusing on organizations within the healthcare industry and infrastructure. This fact illustrates that the security of any enterprise involved with healthcare needs to be a top priority of IT departments. A couple of examples should convince any skeptics that the risk is real.
While all organizations need to bolster their cyber defenses to combat the wave of malware, those with sensitive information in their databases need to exercise extreme caution.
Tools to Protect SQL Server Databases
SQL Server is a very popular database platform and is widely used to store personal information on employees, customers, and patients. Protecting these valuable assets requires the right software tools. IDERA’s SQL Security Suite provides database teams with audit and security capabilities that allow them to confidently manage their SQL Server environments despite the prevalence of cyber threats.
The SQL Security Suite is comprised of two complementary products. In tandem, they enable you to identify the sensitive data located in your SQL Servers and protect them from unauthorized use.
SQL Compliance Manager gives your team the ability to perform several functions that are essential when storing sensitive personal information. The tool enables you to:
SQL Secure enables you to strengthen and enforce permissions required to gain entry into your SQL Servers. The tool gives you the capacity to:
SQL Servers located in on-premises databases as well as hosted with cloud providers are supported by the SQL Security Suite. If your organization uses this popular database platform, these tools can help strengthen your environment and protect the valuable data resources on which it depends. It can help alleviate one of the many forms of worry that we are all experiencing daily.
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