Cloud security and the age of the megabreach

Cloud security and the age of the megabreach

Apr 1, 2015


Data security is one of the biggest issues currently afflicting enterprise technology. As the size and frequency of breaches increases, organizations and their IT departments must be better prepared to deal with threats.

Despite the fears and the increased security issues, the advantages of cloud databases are propelling their adoption rate. However, the need for those added layers of security is still there, as today's breaches often include millions of pieces of information when only thousands would have been affected in the past.

Unprecedented risk

Oracle Director of Security Software Product Marketing Troy Kitch believes that the IT world is reaching a level of risk that's unprecedented.

"We have now entered the age of megabreaches. Moving to the cloud can exacerbate fears of such breaches, since organizations feel they have less control. Fortunately, Oracle [offers] database security controls [that are] built into its DNA, so organizations don't have to compromise on security and compliance. In fact, they can enhance them," Mr Kitch said.

Oracle is continuing to develop its offerings within virtual machines, or in other words, many of the databases the company supports are now in the cloud.

In fact, Oracle Security tweeted that one of the biggest benefits of the company's cloud offerings was the increased data protection:

Oracle and database security issues

However, there are still a number of key concerns for organizations looking to deploy in the cloud. The top three, as outlined by Mr Kitch, are:

  • Unauthorized access. Databases that are built with data democratization in mind - any deployments which allow near-universal access to all employees within a company - fail to stand up to the strictest security compliances.
  • Data provenance. Some databases make it difficult to determine the origin of information. Therefore, users need to validate all data as thoroughly as possible, especially if it's being poured into analytics that determine company strategy.
  • DIY databases. Systems that are not scalable and have to effectively build the data cluster as any project progresses can have security flaws. Holes in the system may not be identifiable until after a breach occurs.

Mr Kitch tweeted his thoughts here:

Oracle Cloud Computing is going to great lengths to ensure that any data it holds is kept secure. For example, the company can collect information on 150 million security events every 24 hours. The intricacies are explained further by Gail Coury, Vice President of Risk Management at Oracle Cloud Services, in this video:

As the potential threats grow more complex, organizations across a whole host of industries should be looking to leverage the cloud in efforts to keep their primary and standby databases secure.

Big data security is an ever-evolving issue, but enterprises that look to implement the most robust solutions today will likely stay protected in the future.

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