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New Reports in Audit Vault and Database Firewall Help Customers Address Data Privacy Requirements

By George Csaba

Director, Product Management, Oracle Database Security

 

This month Oracle released Audit Vault and Database Firewall (AVDF) Release 12.2 Bundle Patch 8. This release includes new Data Privacy Reports to help users comply with privacy regulations such as GDPR.

AVDF provides a first line of defense for databases and consolidates audit data from databases, operating systems, and directories to support monitoring and compliance reporting.  A highly accurate SQL grammar-based engine monitors unauthorized SQL traffic before it reaches the database.  Audit records from on-premises and cloud databases are collected for centralized management and provide monitoring, reporting, and alerting of anomalous activity across databases.  AVDF helps reduce the costs of regulatory compliance while giving administrators enhanced visibility into their IT operations.

The new Data Privacy Reports in AVDF leverage sensitive data discovery results to set object level audit policies on data. These can be generated using either Oracle Enterprise Manager or Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool to run a data discovery job to search for sensitive data in Oracle Database secured targets. The sensitive data file is then imported into the AVDF repository and the Audit Vault Server GUI is used to view the related Data Privacy Reports. The reports provide information such as which users have access rights to sensitive data, as well as details of activity on sensitive data by all users, including privileged users.

Here are some screenshots of the reports:

 

Some of the other new features introduced with this release of AVDF include:

  • Collection of audit data from Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud using AVDF’s hybrid cloud capability
  • Support for UEFI boot mode installation enabling installation on Oracle Server X7-2
  • Incorporation of April 2018 Bundle Patch for Oracle Database 12.1.0.2, which includes the latest security fixes

A complete list of the features and capabilities of this release is available in the release notes. To learn more about Audit Vault and Database Firewall, check out our AVDF Product Page on OTN.

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