Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

Security Inside Out Newsletter, July Edition is Out

The July edition of the Security Inside newsletter is now available. Sign up here for the Security Inside Out newsletter where we highlight key Oracle Security news and provide information on the latest webcasts, events, training and more. 

This month in the news:

Inoculating the Cloud

Another day, another data breach. From the recent cyber attack on the Internal Revenue Service to news of a security bug called VENOM, it seems as if frequent cybersecurity incidents represent the new normal. What new methods can your security group deploy to augment traditional perimeter defenses? The key is to focus on your most valuable asset—data—and build a security strategy that protects data at its source. 

Now Available! Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 PS3

Read about the new business-friendly user interface that simplifies the tasks associated with provisioning and managing today’s robust, identity-driven environments. Also learn about the expansion of mobile device management capabilities and a consolidated policy management framework that enables simplified provisioning of devices, applications, and access.

Securing Data Where It Matters Most

Putting defense in depth database protection in place is the first step to a security inside out data strategy. Even if an organization’s perimeter is breached, organizations can reduce risks by placing security controls around sensitive data, detecting and preventing SQL injection attacks, monitoring database activity, encrypting data at rest and in transit, redacting sensitive application data, and masking nonproduction databases. Read insights from Oracle Vice President of Security and Identity Solutions, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Alan Hartwell.

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Security Inside Out Newsletter, May Edition

Get the latest Security Inside Out newsletter and hear about securing the big data life cycle, data security training, and more.

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Monday Mar 09, 2015

Security and Governance Will Increase Big Data Innovation in 2015

"Let me begin with my vision of the FTC and its role in light of the emergence of big data. I grew up in a beach town in Southern California. To me, the FTC is like the lifeguard on a beach. Like a vigilant lifeguard, the FTC’s job is not to spoil anyone’s fun but to make sure that no one gets hurt. With big data, the FTC’s job is to get out of the way of innovation while making sure that consumer privacy is respected."

- Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, Federal

Trade Commission Ms. Ramirez highlights the FTC's role in protecting consumers from what she refers to as "indiscriminate data collection" of personal information. Her main concern is that organizations can potentially use this information to ultimately implicate individual privacy. There are many instances highlighting the ability to take what was previously considered anonymous data, only to correlate with other publicly available information in order to increase the ability to implicate individuals.

Finding Out Truthful Data from "Anonymous" Information 

Her concerns are not unfounded; the highly referenced paper Robust De-anonymization of Large Sparse Datasets, illustrates the sensitivity of supposedly anonymous information. The authors were able to identify the publicly available and "anonymous" dataset of 500,000 Netflix subscribers by cross referencing it with the Internet Movie Database. They were able to successfully identify records of users, revealing such sensitive data as the subscribers' political and religious preferences, for example. In a more recent instance of big data security concerns, the public release of a New York taxi cab data set was completely de-anonymized, ultimately unveiling cab driver annual income, and possibly more alarming, the weekly travel habits of their passengers.

Many large firms have found their big data projects shut down by compliance officers concerned about legal or regulatory violations. Chairwoman Hernandez highlights specific cases where the FTC has cracked down on firms they feel have violated customer privacy rights, including the United States vs. Google, Facebook, and Twitter. She feels that big data opens up additional security challenges that must be addressed.

"Companies are putting data together in new ways, comingling data sets that have never been comingled before," says Jeff Pollock, Oracle vice president for product management. "That’s precisely the value of big data environments. But these changes are also leading to interesting new security and compliance concerns."

The possible security and privacy pitfalls of big data center around three fundamental areas:

  • Ubiquitous and indiscriminate collection from a wide range of devices 
  • Unexpected uses of collected data, especially without customer consent 
  • Unintended data breach risks with larger consequences

Organizations will find big data experimentation easier to initiate when the data involved is locked down. They need to be able to address regulatory and privacy concerns by demonstrating compliance. This means extending modern security practices like data masking and redaction to the full big data environment, in addition to the must-haves of access, authorization and auditing.

Securing the big data lifecycle requires:

  • Authentication and authorization of users, applications and databases 
  • Privileged user access and administration 
  • Data encryption of data at rest and in motion 
  • Data redaction and masking for non production environments 
  • Separation of roles and responsibilities 
  • Implementing least privilege 
  • Transport security 
  • API security 
  • Monitoring, auditing, alerting and compliance reporting

With Oracle, organizations can achieve all the benefits that big data has to offer while providing a comprehensive data security approach that ensures the right people, internal and external, get access to the appropriate data at right time and place, within the right channel. The Oracle Big Data solution prevents and safeguards against malicious attacks and protects organizational information assets by securing data in-motion and at-rest. It enables organizations to separate roles and responsibilities and protect sensitive data without compromising privileged user access, such as database administrators. Furthermore, it provides monitoring, auditing and compliance reporting across big data systems as well as traditional data management systems.

Learn more about Oracle Security Solutions.

This article has been re-purposed from the Oracle Big Data blog.  

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

All Data is Not Equal, Map Security Controls to the Value of Data

As you look at data, you will quickly realize that not all data is equal.   What do I mean by that? Quite simply, some data simply does not require the same security controls as other data.   

When explaining this to customers, we use a metals analogy to simplify the provisioning of controls. Bronze to represent the least sensitive data, up through to Platinum, the highest value and most sensitive data within an organization.

Thinking in this manner provides the ability to refine many configurations into a few pre-configured, pre-approved, reference architectures. Applying this methodology is especially important when it comes to the cloud. It comes down to consistency in applying security controls, based on the data itself.

Oracle’s preventive, detective, and administrative pillars can be applied to the various data categorizations. At this point in the conversation, customers begin to understand more pragmatically how this framework can be used to align security controls with the value, or sensitivity, of the data.

Security practitioners can then work with lines of business to assign the appropriate level of controls, both systematically and consistently across the organization.  

So for example, at the bronze level, items such as application of patches, secure configuration scanning and the most basic auditing would be appropriate. Data deemed more sensitive, such as personally identifiable information, or personal health information, require additional security controls around the application data. This would include, for example, blocking default access by those designated as database administrators.

Then finally, at the highest data sensitivity level--Platinum level--should exhibit blocking database changes during production time frames, preventing SQL injection attacks and centralized enterprise-wide reporting and alerting for compliance and audit requirements.  

To learn more about Oracle Security Solutions, download the ebook "Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer" by Oracle security experts.

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

August Edition of Oracle's Security Inside Out Newsletter

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Read the latest edition of Oracle Security news in this month's bi-monthly Security Inside Out Newsletter that features both database security and identity management news, webcasts, events, training and more. Subscribe here to have your own copy emailed to you. 

New Product Launch: Secure and Centralize Key Management with Oracle Key Vault

In August 2014, Oracle launched Oracle Key Vault, a central key management platform that enables efficient and secure deployment of encryption across the enterprise. Get details on the new release. 

Security at Oracle OpenWorld 2014: Don't-Miss Sessions and More

High-profile breaches, combined with increasing regulatory complexity, are driving unprecedented investment in security. Organizers of Oracle OpenWorld expect security-related activities to draw even higher attendance than last year. Find out what key sessions Oracle’s security team recommends you add to your agenda. 

Monday Jun 30, 2014

June Ed of Security Inside Out Newsletter Is Out

Get the latest edition of Oracle Security Inside Out Newsletter and subscribe to future editions. As a bi-monthly security newsletter, we cover all things security for both Oracle Database Security and Identity Management solutions, news, and events. Here are this month's database security articles:

Five Hard Lessons Learned from the Verizon Report on APT1 Attack

Advanced persistent threats (APT) are a type of ongoing cyberattack from well-coordinated and funded cybercriminals who penetrate an organization slowly and methodically. Find out from Oracle experts what key lessons your organization can take away from the analysis of an APT attack.
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Know Your Enemy: Profile Attackers and Defend Targeted Assets

In the new Countering Adversaries webcast series now available on demand, security experts explain how to identify the kinds of adversaries specific industries attract, understand the types of data they are after, and focus in on the tools that provide the most effective deterrence against these specific threats.
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Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

The Top Ten Security Top Ten Lists

As a marketer, we're always putting together the top 3, or 5 best, or an assortment of top ten lists. So instead of going that route, I've put together my top ten security top ten lists. These are not only for security practitioners, but also for the average Joe/Jane; because who isn't concerned about security these days? Now, there might not be ten for each one of these lists, but the title works best that way. Top Ten Security Top Ten Lists

Starting with my number ten (in no particular order):

10. Top 10 Most Influential Security-Related Movies

Amrit Williams pulls together a great collection of security-related movies. He asks for comments on which one made you want to get into the business. I would have to say that my most influential movie(s), that made me want to get into the business of "stopping the bad guys" would have to be the James Bond series. I grew up on James Bond movies: thwarting the bad guy and saving the world. I recall being both ecstatic and worried when Silicon Valley-themed "A View to A Kill" hit theaters: "An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley." Yikes!

9. Top Ten Security Careers

From movies that got you into the career, here’s a top 10 list of security-related careers. It starts with number then, Information Security Analyst and ends with number one, Malware Analyst. They point out the significant growth in security careers and indicate that "according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to experience growth rates of 22% between 2010-2020. If you are interested in getting into the field, Oracle has many great opportunities all around the world

8. Top 125 Network Security Tools

A bit outside of the range of 10, the top 125 Network Security Tools is an important list because it includes a prioritized list of key security tools practitioners are using in the hacking community, regardless of whether they are vendor supplied or open source. The exhaustive list provides ratings, reviews, searching, and sorting.

7. Top 10 Security Practices

I have to give a shout out to my alma mater, Cal Poly, SLO: Go Mustangs! They have compiled their list of top 10 practices for students and faculty to follow. Educational institutions are a common target of web based attacks and miscellaneous errors according to the 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.   

6. (ISC)2 Top 10 Safe and Secure Online Tips for Parents

This list is arguably the most important list on my list. The tips were "gathered from (ISC)2 member volunteers who participate in the organization’s Safe and Secure Online program, a worldwide initiative that brings top cyber security experts into schools to teach children ages 11-14 how to protect themselves in a cyber-connected world…If you are a parent, educator or organization that would like the Safe and Secure Online presentation delivered at your local school, or would like more information about the program, please visit here.”

5. Top Ten Data Breaches of the Past 12 Months

This type of list is always changing, so it's nice to have a current one here from Techrader.com. They've compiled and commented on the top breaches. It is likely that most readers here were effected in some way or another.

4. Top Ten Security Comic Books

Although mostly physical security controls, I threw this one in for fun. My vote for #1 (not on the list) would be Professor X. The guy can breach confidentiality, integrity, and availability just by messing with your thoughts.

3. The IOUG Data Security Survey's Top 10+ Threats to Organizations

The Independent Oracle Users Group annual survey on enterprise data security, Leaders Vs. Laggards, highlights what Oracle Database users deem as the top 12 threats to their organization. You can find a nice graph on page 9; Figure 7: Greatest Threats to Data Security.

2. The Ten Most Common Database Security Vulnerabilities

Though I don't necessarily agree with all of the vulnerabilities in this order...I like a list that focuses on where two-thirds of your sensitive and regulated data resides (Source: IDC). 

1. OWASP Top Ten Project

The Online Web Application Security Project puts together their annual list of the 10 most critical web application security risks that organizations should be including in their overall security, business risk and compliance plans. In particular, SQL injection risks continues to rear its ugly head each year. Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall can help prevent SQL injection attacks and monitor database and system activity as a detective security control.

Did I miss any?

Friday Feb 28, 2014

February Edition of Security Inside Out Newsletter, Now Available

Get the latest edition of our bi-monthly (that's every other month) Security Inside Out newsletter featuring both database security and identity management news. This month's articles:

SANS Study Explores Maturity of Security Strategies Among Healthcare Organizations

A new report from the SANS Institute, a leading security education and research organization, surveys real-world organizations to discover how the healthcare industry is adapting to this new security landscape. Find out how organizations like yours are responding to the new challenges of more-stringent regulations and new mobile and cloud technologies.

New Report Puts Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall to the Test

A new report from leading security organization SANS Institute finds that Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall successfully achieves three key security objectives: audit collection, SQL traffic monitoring, and security event reporting.

Key Cloud Security Paradigms and Oracle’s Identity Management Roadmap

Find out the most common approaches to achieving security in the cloud and whether using a third-party identity management solution is a good strategy. 

Read more here

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Top Database Security Trends in 2014

Analysts estimate that two-thirds of organizations' sensitive and regulated data resides in their databases—and the total amount of that sensitive data is growing fast, along with the rest of the digital universe. One analyst claims it will reach 35 zettabytes by 2020. 

As a result, security professionals and database administrators need to be asking two fundamental questions.
  • Where is all of my sensitive data?
  • Who has access to that data?

As we look forward into 2014, the following trends highlight the importance of data security. Read More in the latest edition of the Security Inside Out Newsletter.

Tuesday Oct 29, 2013

Get the Latest Security Inside Out Newsletter, October Edition

The latest October edition of the Security Inside Out newsletter is now available and covers the following important security news:

Oracle Security Inside Out Newsletter

Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer

The new multitenant architecture of Oracle Database 12c calls for adopting an updated approach to database security. In response, Oracle security experts have written a new book that is expected to become a key resource for database administrators. Find out how to get a complimentary copy. 

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HIPAA Omnibus Rule Is in Effect: Are You Ready?

On September 23, 2013, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule went into full effect. To help Oracle’s healthcare customers ready their organizations for the new requirements, law firm Ballard Spahr LLP and the Oracle Security team hosted a webcast titled “Addressing the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule and Securing Protected Health Information.” Find out three key changes affecting Oracle customers. 

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The Internet of Things: A New Identity Management Paradigm

By 2020, it’s predicted there will be 50 billion devices wirelessly connected to the internet, from consumer products to highly complex industrial and manufacturing equipment and processes. Find out the key challenges of protecting identity and data for the new paradigm called the Internet of Things. 

Read More

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Limited Time Complimentary eBook, Securing Oracle Database 12c


Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer

Pre-register For Your Copy Now

With the launch of Oracle Database 12c, securing your databases is more important than ever. For a limited time you can pre-register for a new complimentary eBook and learn about Oracle Database Security from the experts who brought you the #1 database in the world.

Are you an Oracle DBA who wants to protect your databases? The new ebook, Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer, will be the book that database administrators will want to turn to for their database security questions.

For a limited time, Oracle Press will be offering this book free of charge, so pre-register for your copy now.

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

Latest Edition of Security Inside Out Newsletter Now Available

The latest edition of Security Inside Out newsletter is now available. If you don't get this bi-monthly security newsletter in your inbox, then subscribe to get the latest database security news. This bi-monthly edition includes:

Q&A: Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson on Meeting Tomorrow's Security Threats

Oracle Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson shares her thoughts on next-generation security threats.  Read More

New Study: Increased Security Spending Still Not Protecting Right Assets

Despite widespread belief that database breaches represent the greatest security risk to their business, organizations continue to devote a far greater share of their security resources to network assets rather than database assets, according to a new report issued by CSO and sponsored by Oracle. Read More


Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

Securing Enterprise Data in Private Clouds

Since two thirds of sensitive data in most organizations resides in databases, consolidation onto private clouds represent an opportunity to improve information security and compliance. Consolidation enables organizations to replace insecure data silos, and reduce the cost and scope of data security initiatives. Oracle helps organizations control and monitor access, secure sensitive data, and address regulatory compliance in private database clouds using Oracle Database Security solutions

Let’s examine this more closely, according to NIST, clouds are shared pools of standardized computing resources. Traditional database silos can be consolidated into a database cloud, which eliminates data silo complexity. With clouds we gain the standard efficiency of cloud computing and consistent protection of data. We now know where the data is and we can manage it all within a database cloud. The ideal cloud building block is with Oracle Exadata Database Machine: a pre-integrated, highly-optimized database cloud platform. Organizations are building clouds with Oracle Exadata very efficiently and with much less infrastructure. 

But now we have to secure our database clouds: all our sensitive data is there. By securing our database cloud we have efficient and consistent protection for all our data. Ultimately, a database cloud will enable better security at lower cost and complexity for the organization because we’re centralizing security in one place, we’re standardizing, we get rid of all of the point solutions for more efficient management.

Finally, if we examine traditional security concerns as a cloud inhibitor, it’s clearly not enough to halt cloud deployments. According to industry data, 67% of large enterprises are using cloud computing infrastructure as a service platform model to support their production environments. These are crucial production environments that are moving to the cloud. So, organizations are moving to the cloud, you are likely doing it as well, but are you secure? 

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

Security Inside Out Newsletter Available - Subscribe Now!

The latest edition of Security Inside Out newsletter is now available. If you don't get this bi-monthly security newsletter in your inbox, then please subscribe. The latest news includes:

Q&A: Ontario Commissioner and Leading Privacy Expert Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is both Ontario's information and privacy commissioner and one of the leading privacy experts in the world. In January, Dr. Cavoukian and Oracle released a new white paper covering the convergence of privacy and security. 

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Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology

Gartner, Inc. has named Oracle as a leader in its “Magic Quadrant for Data Masking Technology,” published in December 2012.

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Virgin Media Relies on Oracle Identity Management to Secure Wi-Fi Service in the London Underground

Leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Virgin Media was entrusted with a massive undertaking—to quickly and securely provide London's Underground stations with Wi-Fi service. The company turned to two Oracle Identity Management solutions—Oracle Virtual Directory and Oracle Entitlements Server—to successfully deliver.

Read More

Friday Mar 15, 2013

Finding Oracle Database Security Information

One of the many issues security professionals face is tracking down information for their particular security challenges. Oracle has a multitude of resources across our comprehensive database security defense-in-depth solutions. Quite frankly, it can be difficult to find the particular information you're looking for. So, here's an attempt to consolidate some of those key resources: 

Product Information 

 Customer Case Studies

Events and Training

Analyst, News, and Social

Collateral


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