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Cloud Database Security—What Is There to Know?

Public Cloud Resident Data Is Sensitve

Here are some interesting facts that we’ve recently uncovered about cloud database security in the Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report 2019:

  • 73 percent of respondents feel the public cloud is more secure than what they can deliver in their own data center and are moving to the cloud
  • 71 percent of organizations indicated that a majority of this cloud data is sensitive—up from 50% last year
  • 30% cited the inability of existing network security controls to provide visibility into cloud-resident server workloads as a cloud security challenge
  • 92% of organizations are concerned about employees following cloud policies designed to protect this data

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Concerns About Cloud Databases

This tells us that everywhere, organizations are seeing the merits of cloud databases and are making that move—but there are still many concerns about how secure they are. There are simply too many headlines out there about data breaches for organizations and their employees to be complacent.

At the same time, the business benefits of moving to the cloud are so clear and many cloud databases offerings are so strong that it’s no longer really a matter of “if” but “when” companies are starting their cloud journey.

But the cyber security skills gap is a real problem. Some companies are turning to managed service providers, strategic partners, increased training, and of course accelerated recruiting.

What’s most exciting for us, of course, is the ability to help address these vulnerabilities automatically. Machine learning, automation, the speed at which we can execute security processes, and choosing a powerful database like the Autonomous Database with its self-securing abilities—all of these choices result in minimal downtime for customers. After all, it costs less to prevent these problems than to fix them.

In this article, we’re highlighting how users are turning to automation to remedy chronic patching problems. But be sure to download the full report to learn more about other emerging cyber security challenges, the risks businesses face as they embrace cloud services, and ways to educate lines of business about the real security risks the cloud can present (among the many benefits, of course).

The Importance of Patching in the Cloud

People know about the importance of patching. The value of penetration testing to find patches and expedited patching to close them is very well-understood.

But it’s never-ending.

And there are so many reasons why many organizations delay getting around to it, even as they know that they should. See the chart below for reasons why organizations have delayed applying a patch to a production system.

These reasons range from down-time impacting ability to meet SLAs (46%) to software compatibility (45%) to lack of approvals by SecOps, IT operations, or developers (40%).

What concerns do you have about applying a patch to a production system?

We also asked about the patching and server configurations challenges that organizations have experienced in the past 24 months:

Have you experienced any of the following patching and server configurations challenges in the last 24 months?

Automation in Databases Is the Future

And that’s why so many organizations are turning to automated patching. In fact, the use of automated patching is already widespread.

See our chart below—43% have already implemented automated patch management. And 46% plan to implement automated patch management in the next 12 to 24 months.

Deploy a solution that automates patch management for production environments

For many organizations, this is a no-brainer, with organizations choosing to automate patching to gain greater operational efficiencies (48%), reduce the window in which vulnerabilities can be exploited (29%), or to meet agreed-upon performance SLAs (17%).

Deploy an automated management solution

How Can the Autonomous Database Help Your Security?

This is just one of the reasons why the Oracle Autonomous Database is so exciting. After all, it’s self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing.

Those self-securing abilities mean that Autonomous Database automatically encrypts all data, provides automatic security updates with no downtime (including patching!), and provides protection from both external attacks and malicious internal users. To learn more, watch the video to see how Oracle integrates automation to help deliver a self-securing data management platform.

In a recent Security report, KuppingerCole wrote, “On the whole, with the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, Oracle has created a unique offering for the most demanding database customers that combines enterprise-grade performance and scalability with the highest level of security and compliance for sensitive corporate data by eliminating human factor and replacing it with industry best practices powered by the company’s decade-long expertise and machine learning.” Oracle can offer so much precisely because of its decades of work in database security.

But to truly understand how the Autonomous Database and change the way you approach a cloud database and security, try the Autonomous Database today by signing up for a free database trial.

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