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Enterprise database security without consolidation.

Secerno : 12 November, 2007  (New Product)
Secerno.SQL provides database security management capabilities for organisations that have multiple data base systems across many sites.
Secerno launches a new version of its award-winning product, Secerno.SQL, delivering the capability to manage database security across the enterprise.

Major corporations have many thousands of databases, but Forrester estimates that within the next two to three years there will be a widespread move to consolidate these. Building on the strengths of its predecessor (v2.0), Secerno.SQL v2.1 protects organisations' data at the highest level from known and unknown, external and internal threats. Featuring patent-pending machine-learning technology that observes how applications access the database, it allows organisations to truly control and protect their data assets.

Secerno.SQL v2.1 enables organisations to define and enforce security policies that segment and discriminate radically different types of business access to increasingly-widely shared databases. It not only determines who is allowed access to the database, at what time and from where, but also uniquely controls individuals' behaviour whilst accessing - yet without the system manager needing to develop and maintain complex policy settings for every scenario.

"Organisations are seeing the business benefits of database consolidation, but then they require that each of the remaining databases hold much more sensitive data while being forced to grant access to many more users. The challenge is to understand and control access by all users to the data, if organisations are not to be left more vulnerable to internal attack and internal mis-use of data," said Steve Hurn, CEO, Secerno. "At the same time, the rules for accessing databases have not changed, which leaves organisations more vulnerable to security threats. Secerno.SQL v2.1 eliminates this danger as policies can be set to the most fine-grained level, regardless of where and how a database is being accessed - ensuring any action in the database is justified and accounted for."

The Direct Console Access Monitoring (DCAM) feature introduced in Secerno.SQL v2.1 ensures organisations are equipped for the increasing regulatory pressures of making databases fully transparent. It gives businesses the required ability to audit and control direct database access by highly privileged operators, as well as access through network applications. With DCAM, Secerno.SQL also ensures that audits of activity are secure and, for regulatory reporting processes, the records produced are fully comprehensive and benefit from Secerno's unprecedented analysis capabilities.

Not requiring any external software agent, DCAM uses the core database capabilities themselves. This ensures performance is not degraded by the introduction of another programme, and delivers increased availability, manageability and robustness inherent in the database management system.

Hurn concludes, "Consolidation will result in a decreasing number of databases holding an ever-increasing volume of data, making them an alluring one-stop-shop for hackers keen to steal as much customer data as possible. At the same time, more people will need legitimate - yet very different access to that data, making it critical that watertight defences are put in place to protect organisations' confidential information."
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