Cloud Security Perspectives and Insights

Securing Gas and Electrical Utilities with Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

Medicine Hat is a city of 61,180 people in southeast Alberta, Canada. The City of Medicine Hat Electric Utility began generating electricity in 1910 using diesel fuel. Today, the power plant uses co-generation turbines with natural gas and steam to produce electricity for its customers. The Electric Utility generates, transmits and distributes electricity to approximately 30,000 customers within the City of Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Dunmore, Veinerville and outlying rural areas adjacent to the city.

Medicine Hat IT security challenges

  • Provide secure online utility billing system with direct database access
  • Work with limited IT department resources, including 17 people for the entire city
  • Secure a heterogeneous database environment: Oracle and SQL Server


The City of Medicine Hat chose Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall to monitor database traffic and detect and block threats such as SQL injection and privilege escalation attacks. 

Listen to the podcast to hear database administrator Chris Maxwell explain how the City of Medicine Hat uses Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall to protect their billing system web application and Microsoft SQL Server database.

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