Database Servers and Security

Database security, commonly defined as the combined processes put into place to assist in protecting and securing a database or database management software. Certain issues that create issues for databases:

  • Ransomeware
  • Breached firewalls
  • Malware
  • Viruses

The most common elements that need to be secured within a database include:

  • Stored data
  • Database server
  • Database management system (DBMS)
  • Other database workflow applications

When it comes to database servers, security is very important as a result of them becoming the foundation of today’s systems. Demand for online and real time access to information has brought database systems closer to the perimeter. As a result, they are increasingly being used to hold more and more sensitive information. eg. financial data, personal data and credit card numbers. Consequently, this makes them more vulnerable than they have ever been before. Hackers are realising this and therefore actively targeting organisations’ “crown jewels”.

Databases are extremely complex systems and difficult to correctly configure and secure. Most DBA’s have a full time job administering the complexities of these systems. As a result serious security vulnerabilities and mis-configurations frequently go unchecked or completely undetected.

Database Servers, Security and the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme

Due to the introduction of the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme, database server and security is even more important now days. It has now become more then just important, due to this legislation, it has now become a legal compliance and a necessity. Above all, don’t leave your organisation open to a possible data breach.

To understand your organisation’s security exposure, it is vital to conduct a thorough assessment of your database servers before deployment, and then on a defined regular schedule. Sense of Security are experts at compliance auditing, detailed configuration reviews (host security assessment), and vulnerability assessments and penetration tests focused on different database platforms and technologies. eg. SQL, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, DB2

To discuss how our specialist services can help your organisation with database security concerns please contact us on 1300 922 923 or complete the enquiry form by pressing the button below.

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