Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

ISACA Webcast: Data-Centric Audit and Protection, Reducing Risk and Improving the Security Posture

A security strategy must begin with protecting the databases that hold the majority of sensitive and regulated data. Unfortunately, organizations do not have such a plan in place. They fail to protect their sensitive customer and organizational data. Join Oracle security expert, Roxana Bradescu, as she outlines a data-centric audit and protection strategy to help reduce organizational risk and improve the security posture. During this webcast you will learn:

  • What to audit and how to audit
  • Secure data infrastructure practices
  • How to prevent disclosures and leaks
  • And much more. 

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Wins Reader's Choice Award for Best Database Security Solution

Thank you to all those who voted for the Database Trends and Applications Reader's Choice Awards, 2014 and voting Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall as the best database security solution on the market. 

"Unlike any other awards programs conducted by DBTA, this one is special because the nominees are submitted and the winners are chosen by the experts—whose opinions carry more weight than all others—you, the readers. With more than 22,000 votes cast across 31 categories, the contest between candidates was often neck and neck. As a result, we are showcasing both winners and finalists in each category."

Oracle wins in a number of categories including:

  1. Best Relational Database: Oracle Database
  2. Best Cloud Database: Oracle Database 12c
  3. Best Database Appliance: Oracle Exadata
  4. Best Database Administration Solution: Oracle Enterprise Manager
  5. Best Database Performance Solution: Oracle Enterprise Manager
  6. Best Database Backup Solution: Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance
  7. Best Data Replication Solution: Oracle GoldenGate 12c
  8. Best Change Data Capture Solution: Oracle CDC
  9. Best Data Virtualization Solution: Oracle Database 12c Multitenant
  10. Best Cloud Integration Solution: Oracle Cloud Integration
  11. Best Streaming Data Solution: Oracle Streams
  12. Best Data Mining Solution: Oracle Advanced Analytics

Friday Jun 27, 2014

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

Solution

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.


Wednesday May 14, 2014

What's New in Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

Oracle released an update to Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, which provides a first line of defense for databases and consolidates audit data from databases, operating systems, and directories. A highly accurate SQL grammar-based technology monitors and blocks unauthorized SQL traffic before it reaches the database. Information from the network is combined with detailed audit information for easy compliance reporting and alerting. With Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, monitoring controls can be easily tailored to meet enterprise security requirements.

New Enterprise-Grade Features

  • iSCSI SAN storage support for audit repository
  • NFS storage support for audit data archiving
  • Simplified Audit Vault Agent deployment
  • Audit Vault Agent automatic update
  • Policy alerts forwarding to syslog
  • Audit Vault repository protection by Oracle Database Vault

Extended Platform Support

  • Database Firewall support for Oracle Database 9i and MySQL 5.6
  • Windows and Linux 32-bit host OS for Audit Vault Agents
  • Oracle Linux 6.x OS (with auditd 2.2.2 up to version 6.4) auditing support
Go here for additional enhancements, and to download Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall.

Monday Apr 14, 2014

Vote for Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall in Database Trends and Applications Reader's Choice Awards

Vote for Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

We are honored that Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall has been nominated for a Database Trends and Applications Reader’s Choice AwardDBTA Reader's Choice Awards Voting is now open, so please take a moment to cast your vote for this and other Oracle solutions. And thank you!  

  1. Select Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall under “Best Database Security solutions”
  2. Additionally, vote for other Oracle solutions 
  3. Click submit button at end
  4. Please promote and forward to others

Voting Ends May 23

Winners will be showcased in a special section on the DBTA website and in the August 2014 edition of Database Trends and Applications Magazine!

Monitor Database Activity, Block Threats, and Audit Efficiently Across the Enterprise

Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall monitors Oracle and non-Oracle database traffic to detect and block threats, as well as improves compliance reporting by consolidating audit data from databases, operating systems, directories, and other sources.

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

SANS Analyst Reviews Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

New SANS Institute 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, 
  • security event reporting.  
SANS Analyst Review of Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

With Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, organizations can monitor both Oracle and non-Oracle database traffic, and detect and block threats. It also enhances compliance by consolidating audit data from disparate sources—including databases, operating systems, directories, custom applications, and more—into a secure data warehouse for reporting and alerting.

"Our review concluded that AVDF did what it claimed to do and is a valuable solution for organizations looking for a first line of defense that protects their data and databases, says SANS Analyst, Tanya Baccam. "The functionality of AVDF became apparent through the review as we looked at audit trails and reports and tested SQL injections. AVDF comes with a variety of useful audit reports based on multiple regulations and standards, and it can monitor for malicious activity out of the box."

Register for the report here

Watch the webcast here

Friday Sep 27, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld News: Oracle Big Data Appliance Secures Big Data in the Enterprise

Software Enhancements to Leading Big Data Appliance Help Organizations Secure Data and Accelerate Strategic Business Insights

While Hadoop provides a scalable foundation for Big Data projects, the lack of built-in security has been an obstacle for many enterprises. To meet this need, Oracle has enhanced the Oracle Big Data Appliance to include enterprise-class security capabilities for Hadoop using Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

By consolidating and analyzing the Hadoop audit trail, Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall can enforce policies to alert suspicious or unauthorized activities. Additionally, the consolidated audit data allows organizations to demonstrate the controls and generate the reports needed for regulatory compliance and audits.

Read the press release. 

Tuesday May 28, 2013

KuppingerCole Review: Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

Learn what one of Europe’s leading analysts have to say

KuppingerCole’s review of Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall discusses how this new product monitors Oracle and non-Oracle database traffic to detect and block threats, as well as improves compliance reporting by consolidating audit data from databases, operating systems, directories, and other sources. Learn about:
  • Key product features
  • Product strengths
  • Implementation considerations

Register to receive the review.

Learn more about Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall.

Thursday Dec 20, 2012

Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall In the News

Here's some news coverage regarding our recent announcement of Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall.

 ...and some quotable quotes:

"Oracle is simplifying its security offerings by combining a pair of existing tools into a single package. The offering, Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, provides both network traffic sniffing for security threats and audit data analysis.” – IDG News Service

“Oracle is merging a couple of its existing security products together to make one big solution to tackle Oracle and non-Oracle database traffic.” – ZDNet Between the Lines blog

“The consolidated, centralized repository enables all audit and event logs to be analyzed in real-time against pre-defined policies; offers visibility into stored procedure execution, recursive SQL and operational activities; comes with dozens of built-in reports to meet compliance requirements; and provides a range of alerts, including multi-event alerts and alert thresholds.” – Database Trends and Applications

Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

Announcing Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall

Today, Oracle announced the new Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall product, which unifies database activity monitoring and audit data analysis in one solution.

This new product expands protection beyond Oracle and third party databases with support for auditing the operating system, directories and custom sources. Here are some of the key features of Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall:

Single Administrator Console

Default Reports


Out-of-the-Box Compliance Reporting

Report with Data from Multiple Source Types

Audit Stored Procedure Calls - Not Visible on the Network

Extensive Audit Details

Blocking SQL Injection Attacks

Powerful Alerting Filter Conditions

To learn more about the new features in Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, watch the on-demand webcast.

Monday May 07, 2012

Independent Research Report on Oracle Database Firewall Published by KuppingerCole

In a new independent research report, KuppingerCole Product Research Note: Oracle Database Firewall, Martin Kuppinger provides an analysis of the Oracle Database Firewall customer benefits and features, strongly recommending organizations evaluate. “Oracle Database Firewall is one of the solutions which should definitely be evaluated and is amongst the recommended products in the database security market segment. Based on its grammar-based analytical approach and a well thought out and efficiently manageable policy approach, organizations can relatively quickly implement the product while minimizing the risk of disruption to database applications.”

Kuppinger goes on to explain that Oracle Database Firewall is superior to other vendor solutions in terms of accuracy and performance, "Unlike most other products in that area, Oracle Database Firewall accurately analyzes database activity traffic over the network with very little latency and thus is able to intercept and prevent unauthorized database activities."

Read the entire report.

Tuesday Sep 27, 2011

Webcast: Database Activity Auditing, Alerting, and Reporting with Oracle Audit Vault

Although almost all organizations use native database auditing, few actually monitor this audit trail for threats or conduct regular database audits to quickly detect and remediate potential security problems. Join Tammy Bednar, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, for this webcast and learn how to make the most of native database auditing by using Oracle Audit Vault.

Oracle Audit Vault automatically collects and consolidates Oracle and non-Oracle database audit trails into a centralized secure repository, detects and alerts on suspicious activity in real-time, monitors privileged users, simplifies compliance reporting with built-in and custom reports, and streamlines your database audit process with key capabilities like reports scheduling, attestation, and archiving. Register now for the webcast

To learn more about Oracle Audit Vault, watch the flash demo and download the whitepaper.

Tuesday May 18, 2010

Improved Database Threat Management with Oracle Audit Vault and ArcSight ESM

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Sunday Nov 22, 2009

Latest Release of Oracle Audit Vault Further Automates Database Auditing and Monitoring

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