Database Security and Strategy
With a growing number of internal and external attacks on corporate and public applications and robust regulatory compliance enforcements, data security continues to be the highest priority for enterprises and governments year after year. Even though many enterprises are taking stronger measures to protect their data, substantial gaps still persist at the very core i.e. the databases which contain the corporate crown jewels.
Many enterprises don’t have a database security strategy that can defend against sophisticated attacks originating externally or internally, track sensitive information as it’s copied to numerous locations, or even meet the harder evolving regulatory requirements. In addition, most of the businesses tend to emphasize more on the detective controls rather than the preventive measures and controls when it comes to database security, making them highly vulnerable. By contrast, it is observed that companies that implemented a comprehensive and integrated database security product with a solid emphasis on preventive controls attained better security controls introduced a higher degree of automation through the organization, and were more confident in defending against attacks.
Database Security Assessment
The key focus is to review and assess the database environment to understand configuration weaknesses that may impact the security of the database environment. Using WeSecureApp customized scripts and tools key security information is extracted for:
From a security review perspective - we also emphasize on the following as a part of our overall approach:
- Circulate questionnaires and conduct discussions with process owners and data owners to understand how the data flows through each of the prioritized process areas identified in Phase 1
- Inventory applications and databases based on the identified business processes in Phase 1
- Understand the sensitive data elements (e.g., credit card number, customer name, date of birth, medication information, diagnostics, etc.) via interviews and questionnaires
- Review existing security controls in place for the protection of sensitive data and analyze if these controls are appropriate
- Align identified sensitive data to organization's current data classification levels