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? 

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