In addition to containing privileged-user
access, a database firewall also ensures that
only in-policy applications are allowed to
connect to the database. It also provides the
ability to control and enforce controls around
access to sensitive data.
Oracle Magazine: With the explosion of
tablet computing and smartphones, mobile
computing and specifically mobile enterprise computing are a much bigger part of IT
than ever before. How does Oracle Database
Firewall and its permission strategy address
Moyle: The real extra risk with mobile computing is about the increase in the number
of different applications that are calling for
information from the database. Each of
those applications should be restricted to
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interacting only with the data in approved
methods, and Oracle Database Firewall
enables administrators to create and guarantee a restriction so that only permitted
database queries are allowed through, regardless of which application they come from.
As customers demand more and more
functionality from different devices to access
their data, the firewall can guarantee that the
data access is still limited to only those queries
permitted within the organization’s policy. In
a sense, although Oracle Database Firewall is
not aware of the tablet or the mobile application, it is aware of what a good and safe conversation looks like between the database, the
application layers, and the end user.
Oracle Magazine: Where does Oracle
Database Firewall fit into the mix of Oracle
database security solutions?
Moyle: Oracle provides many layers of security products and technologies—it’s part
of our “defense-in-depth” strategy. On the
outside, the first approach to the database
as things travel across the network, we
have the blocking and logging capability of
Oracle Database Firewall. As we walk closer
to the center of the database, there are
auditing and monitoring products such as
Oracle Audit Vault and Oracle’s configuration management tools. Then, as we get
into the database itself, we have access
control products: Oracle Label Security
and Oracle Database Vault. Finally, for the
actual secure storage of the data at risk
itself, we have Oracle Advanced Security for
encryption and other masking products.
Oracle Database Firewall is the first layer of
defense in this defense-in-depth architecture of products. T
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