database protection Archive

All about Database Activity Monitoring (DAM)

Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) is a vital part of your compliance and safety profile, but to be efficient at securing your database, you need to understand its basics.

What is Database Activity Monitoring (DAM)?

Database Activity Monitoring is a reasonably established technology, existing over a decade. DAM monitors all activity on the database and gives alerts and reports on that activity. Every time an admin logs into the database, every activity is registered. In fact, if the admin does not log-in, that too is recorded, so you can recognize people with permissions who aren’t using them. Depending on the product …

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Recent SQL Injection Trends

SQL injection attacks, in which malevolent SQL statements are injected into an entry field for implementation, are the most widespread attack vectors around the world. SQL injections take advantage of data security susceptibilities in an application’s software and can be employed to attack any SQL database.

In the recent years, Check Point has created several adjusted SQL injection protections for our IPS software blade. By evaluating the traffic that activated these safeguards in networks supervised by Check Point’s Managed Security Service, we can see the recent trends and outlines in SQL injection attacks.

SQL injection in the course of advertisements

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Database Security Apprehensions

The incidents of data security breaches and failures are frequent these days. Databases are one of the most significant exposure points in corporate data resources. Databases are under attack so often, because their data is so important, and many companies are not taking the appropriate steps for ensuring data protection.

Even though the threats to organization’s database security have never been more refined and structured, taking essential steps and executing conventional best practices will reduce the likelihood of a data security breach, or other security disasters, happening in your company.

If you are not so familiar with database administration, you …

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Get Started with Dynamic Data Masking in Azure SQL Database

SQL Database Dynamic Data Masking restricts delicate data vulnerability by masking it to unauthorized users. Dynamic data masking is established for the V12 version of Azure SQL Database.

Dynamic data masking helps to limit illegal access to sensitive data by allowing customers to specify how much of the confidential information to reveal with minimum impact on the application layer. It’s a policy-based data security feature that covers the sensitive data in the result set of a question over designated database fields while the data in the database is not changed.

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When executing queries in the database, whether from an application …

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Applying Symmetric Encryption

Nowadays, when security breaches appear to be in the news regularly, encryption is an essential concept to recognize.  It aids in data protection, your communications, and access even though attackers circumvent in the order of data security.  It’s vital to employ appropriately as, in a public network, the chances of data theft are still there, although your software is standing guard successfully.

Symmetric encryption scrambles readable data and makes it unreadable to protect it from inquisitive attackers when it’s being stored on a disk or transferred over a network, and then unscramble it yet again when it’s required.

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Oracle Data Masking: An Overview

Enterprises run the risk of breaching delicate information when copying production data into non-production environments for the purposes of application development, testing, or data analysis. Oracle Data Masking helps lessen this risk by irreversibly substituting the new sensitive data with fictitious data so that production data can be shared safely with non-production users.Oracle notes three types of data masking:

  • Compound masking
  • Deterministic masking
  • Key-based reversible masking

An Approach to Data Masking
Data masking is the process of substituting delicate information copied from production databases to test non-production databases with useful, but scrubbed, data based on masking rules. Data …

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Database Security Vulnerabilities

Digital warfare and global cyber attack rates are on the rise, and security on corporate networks is even more critical.

Databases are a fundamental target for cybecriminals due to the often precious nature of delicate information locked away inside. Whether the data is financial or possess intellectual property and corporate codes, hackers worldwide can profit from breaching a businesses’ servers and robbing databases.

The researchers say that the top three vulnerabilities often found in database-driven systems, whether during the creation phase, through the assimilation of applications or when updating and patching, are:

Deployment Failures 

The most common cause of database …

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Database Integrity: Practices & Functions

Data integrity is a vital component of data security. In its broadest use, “data integrity” refers to the accuracy and flexibility of data stored in a database, database mart, data warehouse or other constructs. Data with “integrity” is said to have a complete or entire structure. Data values are regulated according to a data model and data type. All characteristics of the data must be accurate including: relations, business rules, dates, definitions, and lineage – for data to be finished. Data integrity is enforced within a database when it is designed and is verified through the ongoing use of error …

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Practices for Database Security and Compliance

Life for security experts used to be simpler. You can stop strangers from accessing your data by installing perimeter defenses such as anti-virus systems and firewalls, and by having on-site security guards and identity checks at the entry to your corporate data center. As you know in today’s interconnected world, that’s no longer the situation because the barriers of our business infrastructure are continually being stretched by the emergence of cloud, mobility, Big Data and more.

To be valuable, a company’s data must constantly be connected to its customers, associates and employees. That reveals sensitive data to more mechanical and …

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Understanding the Basics of Data Obfuscation

Recent data security breaches have emphasized the necessity for the effective management of information, especially as it relates to an individual’s data privacy. The 7th Principle of the DPA claims that appropriate measures shall be taken against unauthorized or illegal processing of personal data and accidental loss or damage of, or damage to, personal data. So, the bottom line is, if the data is delicate or personal it must be protected – of that there is no doubt.

Data obfuscation facilitates the hiding of sensitive data from insiders (e.g. application developers and testers) while keeping the obfuscated data genuine and, …

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