With many companies still grappling with their loss of crucial information to hackers and other criminals, database security measures have been developed in that their data, database applications, database servers as well as the associated network links are protected. This is to ensure that confidentiality, integrity and access by unauthorized person are prevented.
Database security mechanisms have also been designed to ensure that malware attacks that may interrupt or cause damage to crucial data is prevented in the best way possible. For that reason, there are various software that have been made specifically to help in masking, monitoring and auditing of the various activities that are conducted on such data. These softwares will help in detecting and indicating any changes that may have occurred to your database before and after access.
This can only be possible as there are measures that have been put in place such as the use of firewalls and network-based intrusion detection systems. Other measures include logging the activities of authorized users and administrators through user identification, authentication as well as rights management functions.
Database security compliance tips
For database security to be totally effective it should be in line with the various regulatory measures which encompass legal and industry related practices which ensure that user rights are not violated. For this reason, there are various database security compliance tips that will help a developer and they include;
Proper user and developer policies should be strictly put in place to prevent any compromise on valuable information necessary for running a business. These policies include the use of such things as passwords will ensure that unauthorized persons will not get easy access to your data. This is because some administrators will exempt themselves from passwords restrictions due to the fear that they might be locked out. Another policy should enforce administrators to stop sharing an account. This might make their work easier but it will be difficult to pinpoint an activity on the database on a specific user and because inappropriate activity will corrupt a database.
Another measure involves developing and implementing a hardened configuration baseline popularly known as “gold standard” which will be used on one’s chosen platform such as Oracle, MySQL among others. In addition all sensitive customer and internal data with AES should be encrypted together with communication links using either SSLv3 or TLS. With that in place, always ensure to regularly monitor database intrusions by hackers as well as misuse of data by the authenticated administrators. Automated system maintenance together with user auditing as well as log storage should always be implemented. This s should always be done in line with and annual database security review and a testing program.
Database security is therefore very vital in the protection of sensitive information from illegal access which is a number one priority. Coupled with the pressure of keeping up with the various compliance and security policies, companies should at all times put in place high-levels of data protection mechanisms as it is a must have.
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