Database Security and McAfee{1}

by Daniel L
The number of databases getting hacked or compromised keeps going up, but the question is, are there any counter-measures being used against these database breaches?  The answer to this question lies in the approach to database security McAfee has taken, providing businesses with protective countermeasures capable of thwarting the influx of potentially harmful intrusions.  McAfee offers businesses protection of data in every state, whether it is at rest or in use, through the combination of network and server security, along with encryption and file permission controls.  It is understood that safeguarding databases is one of the most difficult things to do, and this is where McAfee is trying to make a difference through their offerings.  The security solutions that McAfee offers include database discovery and assessment, protection of data, database management tools, and activity monitors.  First and foremost, information about all the databases belonging to an organization are collected, which ultimately determines if security patches have been properly deployed and installed, scanning for any possible vulnerabilities along the way.  Furthermore, McAfee ensures that critical data will be protected through the use of a firewall along with access restrictions of the users or applications with insufficient permissions.  Real time monitoring alerts are also used to warn database administrators of a possible intrusion attempt, giving them the ability to terminate sessions accordingly.

Databases are an integral part of many businesses and organizations, and properly securing the data stored in these databases shouldn’t come as a surprise to these companies.  With all the recent database breaches making headlines, I sometimes wonder what type of countermeasures these companies are using to safeguard customer information and employee credentials.  There seems to be a lack of transparency when looking at how these databases are handling critical data, sometimes taking days for companies to actually let people know that their databases have been compromised.  I’m glad that there are companies like McAfee out there, trying to lend a helping hand by offering these types of services to these businesses.  Unfortunately, it will always be daunting task to completely protect data from falling into the hands of wrongdoers.

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