Database activity monitoring and Database Firewall observes database activity to discover fraudulent, illegal or other unwanted activities, with the help of embedded knowledge about database structures and access to reporting and enforce policies and control. The DAM and DBF solutions operate independently of the database management system and audit functionality of the database. The database activity monitoring and database firewalls can be considered to either as an option to the DBMS functionality or as a corresponding control to it.
DAM solutions also include database vulnerability evaluation and user account audit, together with firewall file access monitoring and web application monitoring.
What user benefits does it offer?
The following user benefits can be measured:
- Monitoring– Vested users who have the right to access and modify data either through the application or by logging into the system OS or local console. Their access has to be checked to avert privileged users from accessing data, making alterations to plan or table structure, or creating or modifying user accounts or authorizations. The user accounts also have to be frequently monitored to detect the inactive user accounts, and take proper action.
- Risk and Observance– The risk and security teams are in a quest to execute rigid controls around the data stores to ensure data privacy and integrity while limiting access to privileged users and then identifying fraudulent activities. The precautionary security solutions and controls such as encryption and access management are not satisfactory for authorized or legitimate user access. Thus, the DAM solution can be successfully installed to fulfill the security controls required by data governance, risk management, audit, and regulatory compliance.
- Strategy Enforcement– Database Firewall includes a comprehensive set of predefined, modified security and verification strategies. Therefore, to simplify business processes, security alerts can be sent to SIEM, ticketing systems, and other third-party solutions.