More Database Protection

by Alexander V
Summary:

Most people have probably heard of McAfee and their security solutions for personal computers. Now, they recently announced a database security solution that would protect databases with no loss in performance.  According to the article, McAfee’s database solution will be based on their Security Connected Initiative which means that data will be protected in all states and all centrally managed. A survey by Evaluserve showed that databases were the most difficult part of IT to protect. This can be seen from the recent outbreaks in data breaches. In addition to that, the article states that a large amount of data breaches involved a database, and the majority of those breaches required technical skills to execute. McAfee’s approach to database security includes: “automated discovery and assessment”,” protection”, and “manage and monitor.” “Automated discovery and assessment” uses McAfee Vulnerability Manager which scans the network for databases and checks if they are up to date and whether they have any vulnerabilities.  Their “protection” involves three layers of protection: a network firewall, application whitelisting and  host intrusion prevention, and protection of the data. Last of all is “manage and monitor,” customer’s use McAfee’s Database Activity Monitoring software so they can monitor their databases and be alerted of real-time data breaches.

Reflection:

I don’t really like McAfee software in general, so I can’t vouch for their reliability. But I think it is great that more and more companies are releasing database security solutions. Whether the software that is released is business user friendly is another story. Most of the database solutions that have been released seem to be targeted toward business users, focusing on ease of maintenance and use. I just hope that the software developers are able to offer the business users the full security solution that a technical user would typically use instead of a dumb downed version with less capability. I just think it’s a good sign that more security solutions are being developed. Hopefully businesses will start actively protecting themselves from data breaches.

Reference:

McAfee provides database security solution. (2011). Entertainment Close – Up, , n/a. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/858737057?accountid=10357