Here are some interesting facts that we’ve recently uncovered about cloud database security in the Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report 2019:
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).
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%).
We also asked about the patching and server configurations challenges that organizations have experienced in the past 24 months:
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.
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%).
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.