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  • In-Place Oracle Database Encryption with Zero Downtime

    Jun 8, 2020

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Did you know that you can now encrypt existing tablespaces in-place, either online or offline in Oracle?

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  • It’s in the Database

    Mar 3, 2020

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Managed Health Systems of Indiana patient health information, July-September, 2019; Microsoft customer service and support records, January 22, 2020; Wyze email addresses, December 30, 2019; Georgia Tech student data, March 2019. What do all of these breaches have in common? The data that was stolen was inside a database. Yet when most companies think about data security, they still focus on securing the network, and spend very little time and energy making sure the databases—where…..

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  • Database Patch News — February 2020 (Issue 2)

    Feb 19, 2020

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Welcome to Database Patch News, Buda Consulting’s monthly newsletter of current patch information for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

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  • Cloud Customers Need to Secure Their Own Data

    Jan 31, 2020

    Reading Time: 2 minutes The key takeaway is that if you have your data in any cloud service, you must be as rigorous in securing that data as if it were in your own data center—and in some cases even more so.

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  • MySQL and MariaDB Encryption Options

    Dec 10, 2019

    Reading Time: 4 minutes MySQL and MariaDB Encryption Options Encryption remains one of the most widely used cornerstones of data security across organizations of all sizes and industries. Why? In many cases it’s both effective and relatively simple to implement. There are two fundamental encryption capabilities that are almost universally necessary for basic data security: The ability to encrypt sensitive data “at rest”—that is, where it resides on disk—is a critical security capability for many organizations and applications, as…..

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  • SQL Server Data Encryption Options

    Nov 25, 2019

    Reading Time: 3 minutes These days it’s only a matter of time before our firewalls or access controls are breached. Then what? In a multi-tiered security strategy, data encryption is a critical next line of defense.

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  • Lock the Safe—Secure the Database

    Nov 14, 2019

    Reading Time: 3 minutes You are going away on a much-needed vacation to Aruba. You will only be gone for a week. But you understand the importance of security, so you make sure you lock the windows and doors. You put the lights on a timer so would-be thieves think there is some activity in the house. You cancel the newspaper so they won’t be piling up outside and you ask your neighbor to watch the house in case…..

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  • Database Patch News — November 2019 (Issue 1)

    Oct 29, 2019

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome to Database Patch News, Buda Consulting’s monthly newsletter of current patch information for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Here you’ll find information on available patches—including security patches—and desupported versions made available during the past month.

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  • A Simple Way to Improve Data Security

    Mar 16, 2018

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Shrink Your Sensitive Data Footprint Protecting data is hard. Knowing for sure that you have identified and mitigated every vulnerability takes a lot of work and constant vigilance.  The more servers you have to harden, the more databases you have to protect, the more work it is, and the more likely you will leave a hole somewhere. So it makes sense to reduce your sensitive data footprint as much as possible. Data Masking The concept of…..

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  • Is the Sensitive Data in your Oracle database really safe?

    Mar 13, 2018

    Reading Time: 4 minutes Discovering Sensitive Data Oracle has long had strong database encryption functionality and it keeps getting better. But they have been lacking a simple way to identify sensitive data in the database so you know what to encrypt, audit or protect via policies.  I thought that might have improved recently with the release of a new database security assessment tool called DBSAT. New Oracle Security Tool I was very excited when Oracle released their new free database…..

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