Because databases contain organizations’ most sensitive and regulated information, they are prime targets for today’s advanced threats. Compromise of a single Oracle Database instance can result in millions of breached records, costing your organization millions of dollars in compliance failure fines. Developing and implementing an Oracle security strategy is critical to hardening your Oracle data protection, and enabling data encryption is just the first step. You also need to stay on top of database activity, control access to structured data and production databases, audit changes to data and permissions, and much more. Only with these comprehensive measures in place, you can minimize the risk of privilege escalation and abuse, detect and block threats before they result in costly breaches, and improve compliance reporting by consolidating audit data from multiple databases into a single pane of glass.
Before we jump into Oracle Database security options and talk about tools that can simplify your life, let’s review the areas you need to pay attention to in order to ensure Oracle data protection:
To strengthen Oracle SQL security and mitigate security risks, you need to stay on top of activity across your databases. You can use native tools to enable SQL statement change auditing and track failed logon attempts. However, this option requires manually writing scripts and exporting audit trail records into Excel or other formats in order to view audit data about database activity — a task that will easily devour your precious time.
If your budget is not strictly limited, another option is to splurge on Oracle Database security solutions from Oracle, such as Oracle Audit Vault or Advanced Security. However, these tools can’t deliver the security you need across your whole IT environment. While Oracle Audit Vault can gather auditing information from remote databases, it won’t show you a unified trail of all security-related activity across the board beyond Oracle Database; for instance, if an attacker tries to get into your IT infrastructure by compromising other systems, such as Windows Server, you won’t get much transparency here. Advanced Security will encrypt your data at rest, but encryption is only a small piece of the database security puzzle.
The right solution has to tick many boxes. It should minimize the chance that suspicious activity will go unnoticed and put your data at risk — and also simplify daily tasks, require few resources to run, and not cost you a pretty penny.
Meet the game changer. Netwrix provides a unified platform for supervising activity and user behavior across all your assets, not just Oracle Database. Why is this critical? Because attacks can be complicated. An attacker might first gain access to your network, then sneak into your DB server, and then take over the SYS password and access your data. Netwrix provides more visibility into this whole chain of events than native tools can.
Netwrix Auditor for Oracle Database helps you gain peace of mind and keeps you informed about what’s going on across your Oracle Databases with its comprehensive security features. The solution enables you to: