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October 2010

Learn about database security auditing tools

Auditing is a core component to compliance and security programs, and a generally accepted practice by IT operations. Relational databases were the first enterprise application to embed auditing as a native platform feature. Yet part of this heritage is the stigma associated with auditing. Vendors provided the basic function, they failed to provide the performance and ease of management demanded by database administrators (DBAs), who remain loathe to enable the feature, and remain one of the last holdouts for accepting the use of database audit trails. The reasons for their distaste of native audit are fully justified: from performance and data management nightmares, to the fact that these audit trails were not originally designed for the tasks they are being applied to. Regardless, regulatory compliance demands accurate and complete records of transactions, and relational database audit trails produce just that. Security and compliance drive the use of database auditing, and these log files provide a unique perspective that ...

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