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December 2009

Basic Database Security: Step by Step

SQL injection and buffer overflows are database vulnerabilities that have been exploited for more than a decade, yet they remain common attack vectors in compromising database systems, even when patches and workarounds exist. Attackers also burrow their way in using default user account names and passwords; all the while, database administrators and IT professionals complain about the costs of provisioning user accounts. And finally, through public breach disclosures we learn that unencrypted tapes are lost or sensitive data is regularly moved to unsecured systems. Clearly we're still missing the basic steps for securing database systems. So forget fancy encryption techniques, event correlation or forensic analysis. Instead, organizations, especially in this troubled economy, need a clear, actionable and pragmatic approach to database security. Unfortunately the essentials are often overlooked in large organizations and appear overwhelming to database professionals who don't know quite where to start. We want to make it simple. ...

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