By Ellen Messmer
October 11, 2010
Database security is rife with pitfalls, according to 430 Oracle
database administrators surveyed by the Independent Oracle Users Group.
According to the results of the survey released last month, fewer than
30% encrypt personally identifiable information in all their databases,
while about 75% acknowledge their organizations do not have a means to
prevent privileged database users from reading or tampering with human
resources, financial or other business application data in their
"There are still a lot of holes," says Andrew Flower, president of the
IOUG president and vice president LoganBritton. "One of the biggest
risks is stealing data internally," he acknowledges, saying the survey
shows organizations aren't applying sufficient resources to improve
security, and that there's been little change in the results from last
About two-thirds of the survey respondents admitted there was no way in
their organizations to detect or prove that the database administrators
were not abusing their privileges.
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