Proactive security strategies for Oracle Fusion Cloud applications: Part 1

February 27, 2024 | 3 minute read
Miranda Jimenez
Product Marketing Manager
Steve Enevold
Outbound Product Manager, Oracle SaaS Cloud Security
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If you’ve already embarked on the journey with Oracle Fusion, ensuring that you’re using all the security features and tools at your disposal is crucial. This blog post series is your comprehensive guide to understanding and maximizing the security features and practices available in Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications. We will cover everything from safeguarding data security to fortifying applications and network security. By the end of this blog post series, our aim is to arm you with an in-depth understanding and practical strategies to secure your Oracle Fusion Cloud applications. For further insights into cloud security, check out our blog post on the shared responsibility model, offering complementary strategies for effective cloud collaboration.

Navigating security layers in Oracle Fusion SaaS services

Oracle employs a robust defense-in-depth model, utilizing multiple security controls at each layer along with least-privilege principles. This approach is embedded in Fusion software-as-a-service (SaaS) Cloud services encompassing both operational security and built-in application functionalities.

Customer-managed network security options

Before delving into application security, understanding the customer managed network security options is essential. A key strategy is employing single sign-on (SSO) through Oracle’s SAML 2.0 federation capabilities, which offers seamless and extended access to Oracle SaaS Cloud services. This approach benefits users with simplified login for all services, and companies with improved monitoring of employee activities and access patterns.

As a customer, you have several options for connecting to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). The simplest is through the public internet, where all data sent between customers and OCI is securely encrypted using TLS. For enhanced security needs, a virtual private network (VPN) offers strong authentication while establishing an encrypted connection. Also, FastConnect provides a direct, private connection (not over the public Internet) to OCI’s virtual cloud network (VCN), maintaining high bandwidth and secure access. You can use these options together to fit specific requirements, as they aren’t mutually exclusive. 

Brief overview of Oracle Fusion SaaS services

With our secure connection options outlined, let's look at Oracle Fusion SaaS services. 

Fusion ERP

Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is our versatile cloud suite, featuring AI and real-time analytics. This service enables swift responses to market shifts and automatic software updates, providing a competitive edge to customers.

Fusion HCM

Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) is our all-in-one platform for global HR and workforce management, providing enhanced employee experience, and payroll, without relying on third-party solutions.

The Security Console is central to securing these services. It provides comprehensive management of user accounts and roles, analytics, X.509 certificates, and the setting of password policies.

Common controls across modules

Oracle Fusion Applications implements a unified security strategy. Predefined roles and entitlements are set for typical job functions, with systematic checks to prevent conflicts, such as overlapping accounts receivable and payable privileges. User roles and entitlements are carefully assigned, aligning with the security context of a user’s specific business unit.

Conclusion

Wrapping up Part 1, we’ve introduced the basics of Oracle Fusion's security layers and services. Part 2 delves into the details of securing Fusion ERP and HCM, and the role of Oracle Risk Management Cloud. Next, we focus on how Oracle Fusion protects financial data and meets global regulations. Stay tuned for a closer examination of Fusion ERP and HCM security.

Oracle Fusion SaaS Security provides customers with the ability to configure and manage security to meet company, regulatory, and policy requirements using fine-grained controls, entitlements, and configurations. Functional auditing capabilities provide the necessary views and alerts to monitor for suspicious behavior and unethical actions. With these tools and practices, your Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications are not just operational. They're secured fortresses in the cloud. For a deeper dive into securing your Fusion applications, we invite you to review the following resources:

Miranda Jimenez

Product Marketing Manager

Miranda Jimenez is a member of the Product Management team at Oracle SaaS Cloud Security where she focuses on the development of messaging strategy, content creation, product launches and other security marketing initiatives. 

Miranda is a technology enthusiast, which is why she has been attracted to pursue technology projects in her professional life in an effort to contribute to its democratization. 

Steve Enevold

Outbound Product Manager, Oracle SaaS Cloud Security

Steve Enevold is a member of the Product Management team at Oracle SaaS Cloud Security, where he focuses on delivering security awareness and technical details on Oracle SaaS Cloud Security services, practices, and controls.


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