When I started my professional career building network diagrams, I knew the cylindrical symbol of a database was important. I had no idea how far it could come; self -driving, self-repairing, and self-securing databases seemed like something out of a science fiction, similar to self-driving cars and computers that fit into my back pocket. All those concepts are reality today. In 2018, Oracle introduced the Autonomous Database, and it changed the way databases are managed. Of course, we didn’t stop there; Oracle has been building upon the autonomous capabilities again and again. It’s important to recognize that the autonomous capabilities didn’t show up overnight though. They are a culmination of 40+ years of innovations in database, security, and more.
In the area of security, we continue our innovations to improve the self-securing capabilities. Many customers have already been excited about self-patching capabilities, freeing up their DBAs to focus on more strategic projects. Self-encryption has been especially important as shown when a recent breach in the hospitality industry exposed unencrypted personal information of their consumers.
Now, with some of the newest capabilities announced at OpenWorld 2019, Oracle has expanded the self-securing capabilities to secure the locations of the databases and automate the security of the customer information.
- Data Safe is our newest database security service and it is included with Autonomous Database. Data Safe helps you better understand the sensitivity of data stored within the Autonomous Database and the risk inherent in users you grant access to that data. Data Safe gives you insight into how your users interact with the data; and when appropriate, lets you easily remove sensitive data from your test and development databases. One customer we spoke with prior to Data Safe shared her request to easily identify the age of an account and whether the account was still actively in use. As you can imagine, such a task would be laborious, repetitive, and tedious. Now, with Data Safe, she can quickly identify inactive database accounts, and as an added bonus can even prioritize those inactive accounts based upon the level of risk they represent. These capabilities and more are now available for Autonomous Database customers with Data Safe.
- Autonomous Database Dedicated Deployment is our newest configuration of Autonomous Database. The Serverless Autonomous Database configuration has been very popular already with a strong adoption across all industries. Some customers seek more dedicated infrastructure and control over their Autonomous Database. The dedicated infrastructure for Autonomous Database means that they not only have a physical separation from other databases, but there is also a secure isolation zone for each Autonomous Database. The ability to provide layers of defenses to protect that dedicated Autonomous Database takes self-securing to the next level.
There’s even more to talk about in our self-securing capabilities, so stay tuned to our newest on-demand Autonomous Database security webcast. Tune in today – we not only cover these items, but we also have a direct demonstration of Data Safe available for you.