With each unveiling dawn, hackers keep sharpening their tools with regards to database threats. Organisations store their confidential information about their business operations and that of their customers. When such confidential and important information falls into the wrong hands, the damages can be so gross. Apart from ruining the reputation of the organisation, it might as well lead to legal claims. Today we want to look at some of the common database threats.


What Are The Common Database Threats?

Excessive Rights and Privileges

Organisations make the mistake of giving their employees database privileges and rights which exceed the requirements of their job functions. Employees will often abuse these privileges if strict control measures are not placed. Organisations often fail to put to date the database privileges when employees change roles or quit the organisation. This can put the organisation in jeopardy as the employee who just left might use his or her rights for malicious intentions.

Injection Attacks

These are the most common database threats today. There are two kinds of database injection attacks; SQL and NoSQL injections. SQL attacks aim at traditional database systems whereas NoSQL attacks aim at big data platforms. The best way to curb this is to have a successful input injection attack which can give a hacker unauthorised access to a database.


Unsuspecting individuals may bring threats to your devices without being aware of it. This is normally so when one brings in their infected device and connects it to your systems. In this way sensitive data may get exposed to those not intended for. Organisations should thus restrict the use of foreign devices.

  1. Exposure of Back-up Media

Backing up of your database is a great idea. But how well are they stored? In most cases, organisations fail to completely protect their data from attacks. The back-up media may be stolen and as such leaving sensitive data exposed. The activities of administrators with access to back-up media should also be closely monitored as well as audited failure to which may see the exposure of sensitive information.

  1. Negligent Personnel

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