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

    by Robert Buda | Mar 13, 2018 | Database Security

    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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  • Mind the Gap – Data Security and Teenage Drivers

    by Robert Buda | Feb 7, 2018 | Best Practices , Database Security

    Reading Time: 3 minutes New Security Assessment Tool — Why it matters? Oracle just released a database security assessment tool (DBSAT) that identifies security vulnerabilities in Oracle Databases.  I will be writing about that tool in a coming article but the release got me thinking about how little many companies do to protect their data.  Since this was prompted by the Oracle Release, this post will be Oracle tinted, but the concepts hold true for all database management vendors.  And…..

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  • A Christmas Backup Tale

    by Robert Buda | Dec 8, 2017 | Backup and Recovery , Best Practices

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Don’t let the Backup Grinch steal Christmas I have written about this topic in the past but it seems that it can never be shared too many times. As we approach the holiday season, we don’t want to be recovering data when we should be spending precious time with family and friends. So I will share another cautionary tale about how what we don’t know can hurt us. And how we can improve the chances of an uninterrupted holiday…..

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  • Tales of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

    by Robert Buda | Oct 2, 2017 | Backup and Recovery , Best Practices

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Planning for Disaster As we think about the enormous cleanup effort taking place in the wake of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, we are reminded of the importance of planning to keep your business up and running when disaster strikes.  In this blog post I share the thoughts of an expert in the field of Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery. I recently had an interesting and fun conversation with Bob Cohen,  Business Continuity and Disaster…..

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  • Database Backups and Gasoline Leaks

    by Robert Buda | Sep 5, 2017 | Backup and Recovery

    Reading Time: 3 minutes How is a database backup like a portable generator with a gasoline leak? And why should you care on a beautiful sunny September morning? How does any of this relate to Business Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning and testing?  Read On! Lack of Preparation Until Superstorm Sandy in 2012, we had lived in our NJ town for 25 years without ever having a power outage for more than a few minutes. I thought it would never happen,…..

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  • Architect Your Oracle Database for Efficient Backup and Recovery

    by Robert Buda | Aug 3, 2017 | Backup and Recovery , Best Practices , Database Architecture , Oracle

    Reading Time: 4 minutes Architecting for Backup and Recovery Efficiency with Oracle RMAN Database architecture is critical to achieving many business objectives. These include application performance, business continuity, security, and geographic distribution.  This article will explore another often overlooked objective that can be influenced by the database architecture: backup and recovery efficiency. Very large databases are common in today’s business environment. Multi-terabyte databases are prevalent in all but the smallest organizations. Despite these large sizes, we tend to find that…..

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  • The Cloud Does Not Exist!

    by Robert Buda | Jul 21, 2017 | Best Practices , Cloud

    Reading Time: 4 minutes “Lets Move to The Cloud!” We often hear people talk about moving their business or their data center or their software to “The Cloud“.  For many, this concept seems confusing and vague. That’s because The Cloud does not exist! There is no “The Cloud”. In reality, there are many clouds. And therefore we can’t  just decide to move to “The Cloud”. Instead, there are many clouds with services being offered by many vendors. A cloud at its…..

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  • Duplicating and Recovering Oracle Databases with RMAN

    by Robert Buda | Jul 5, 2017 | Backup and Recovery , Best Practices , Oracle

    Reading Time: 5 minutes Oracle Recovery Manager Purpose and History Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) was developed essentially as a way to more effectively backup and recover Oracle databases, as an automation mechanism for the same, and as a way to keep track of and managing backup sets. It was introduced in version 8 of the Oracle database, so it has been around for quite a while. In addition to managing backups, it includes other functionality that helps with managing…..

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  • Oracle Virtual Private Database — Granting Just Enough Access

    by Robert Buda | Jun 1, 2017 | Database Security , Oracle , SQL Server

    Reading Time: 5 minutes Robust Access Control at the Database Layer   Many Companies struggle with the difficult problem of providing fine grained access control at the database layer to sensitive data . We will discuss Oracle’s Virtual Private Database feature which provides a robust way of handling this problem for all types of database users. Security vs Effectiveness Securing access to sensitive data is critical. But facilitating the access to all the data that employees, customers, and vendors need to…..

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  • Pursuing Excellence: Golf and Software Development

    by Robert Buda | May 11, 2017 | Best Practices

    Reading Time: 2 minutes How to Improve After a particularly bad round of golf recently,   I was thinking about how to improve my game.  I thought about how we go about making improvements in anything we do. We evaluate what we have done,  and based on that evaluation, we try to make changes that we think will help us get better results in the future. I thought about what I do when evaluating and improving my database and software development…..

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