Is Your Data at Risk?

Tuesday Feb 9th 2010 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff
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What security practices are you using that is putting your data at risk? Learn what 179 security professionals feel are causing corporate databases to be less secure.

Is your data at risk?  A recent survey indicates that many databases are protected by ad hoc IT groups and manual processes.  Clearly, these practices are potentially making your data more vulnerable.  Are there other things that you do that also place your data at risk?  This analyst report summarizes the current security state of databases based on interviews with 179 different North American security professionals.

Databases by far contain more confidential data than any other data source.  Because of this, databases present the biggest risk should there be a data breach.  It seems that database security is setup and managed by committee.  This situation does not provide a strong situation from a security perspective.  63% of the security professionals for this study identified that their databases were secured using numerous manual processes.  Security should be preformed automatically.  Manual processes are a recipe for data loss due to a loose security model.  Monitoring your database security routinely is another key mechanism to maintaining tight security, but the research for this report suggests that only a handful of organizations are performing regular assessments of their database security.

This report discusses the different database security vulnerabilities that security analyst feel are the biggest risk.  It also discusses the step organizations should take if they want to provide a better database security environment.  After reading this analyst report, you should be able to answer the question whether your database data is at risk. 

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