Jan 06

Looking On The Bright Side of Databases

How to Secure Your Database Environment One of the threats that businesses face on a daily basis is database security. When third parties gain access to your database, they can steal your company’s important or confidential data. Since databases contain critical applications and sensitive or regulated information, their security should be a top priority in an organization. Moreover, if the database has to be viewed by people with different permission levels, it is important to keep track of any changes done by the viewers. Today, the IT industry has many security policies meant to make databases more secure. For example, companies that allow customers to pay for goods or services using credit cards have to ensure the customers’ information is encrypted and secure from unauthorized access. Deployment of high-level database security has become a primary requirement in any organization that is operating online and handles sensitive data. However, many companies still struggle to keep their databases secure from third party intrusions. A recent report by a top research company indicates that more than 90 percent of database intrusions are not detected. Sometimes, changes in the databases can result to security breaches or outages. Companies can suffer even more serious losses when their important databases are compromised. For example, imagine a scenarios where a company’s product blueprints are accessed by unauthorized persons. Such a company can incur millions or billions of dollars in losses if they lose their product blueprints, and later find them in the underground data market.
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It makes sense to make database security a priority given all the losses that security breaches and database compromises can lead to. You can streamline compliance and maintain database security by adoption some best practices.
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Improve Server Security The first step to minimizing security of your database service is before you install it. The first thing you should check is ensure the components you want to install are actually necessary for your database. Also, make sure your database password is not the same as the one used to log into the server. Using the same username and password for the server as well as the database lowers the security of the database. Your database will be easy to compromise if an unauthorized user gains access to server credentials that have extended privileges. To improve the security of your database, avoid using the default settings that the database is configured with. For instance, after installing the database, rename or disable the default account or change the default settings. You can further improve the security of the database by changing the default settings of some server instances. For example, after installation, change the default port number that your database uses. Disabling and hiding default browser or server settings will also go a long way in improving your database security. Follow the guide above to secure your applications database.