Implementing Database Security and Auditing

This book is about database security and auditing. You will learn many methods and techniques that will be helpful in securing, monitoring and auditing database environments. It covers diverse topics that include all aspects of database security and auditing – including network security for databases, authentication and authorization issues, links and replication, database Trojans, etc. You will also learn of vulnerabilities and attacks that exist within various database environments or that have been used to attack databases (and that have since been fixed). These will often be explained to an “internals” level. There are many sections which outline the “anatomy of an attack” – before delving into the details of how to combat such an attack. Equally important, you will learn about the database auditing landscape – both from a business and regulatory requirements perspective as well as from a technical implementation perspective.

* Useful to the database administrator and/or security administrator – regardless of the precise database vendor (or vendors) that you are using within your organization.
* Has a large number of examples – examples that pertain to Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase and even MySQL..
* Many of the techniques you will see in this book will never be described in a manual or a book that is devoted to a certain database product.
* Addressing complex issues must take into account more than just the database and focusing on capabilities that are provided only by the database vendor is not always enough. This book offers a broader view of the database environment – which is not dependent on the database platform – a view that is important to ensure good database security.

Users Comments:

  • It’s is compact; not a huge tome which could be off-putting. Loves the fact that examples are included for the various DBs that are out there: Oracle, SQL, DB2, Sybase and MySQL. Also like the way the points are bulletted, the summary at the end of each chapter as well as an explanation of a relevant topic mentioned in the chapter e.g. C2 Security and C2 Auditing in Capter 1 and Kerberos in Chapter 4.
  • If compliance and auditing are on your agenda, then Ron Ben Natan’s book on database security and auditing merits your attention. In this day-and-age of computer viruses, hacking, and governmental regulations, database security and auditing is a subject of paramount importance. And Implementing Database Security and Auditing attacks the subject with a vengenance.
    In just over 400 pages the author manages to quite thoroughly cover a wide variety of database security topics. Whether you want to learn more about encryption, authentication and password control, or access control, this book provides help.
    The book is useful for both DBAs and security administrators, giving each a better view of the world where the disciplines of database management and security management meet. Even better, the book offers many examples and guidelines for multiple environments. Whether you use DB2 on AIX, MySQL on Linux, Oracle on Unix, or SQL Server on Windows, Ben Natan’s book provides useful guidance.
    Are you curious to know more about SQL injection attacks? Learn what they are and why they are dangerous in this book. What about buffer overflows? Maybe you’ve read about them in the IT press, but those “newsy” pieces rarely delve into the depth required to understand and prevent attacks using these methods. This book offers that depth.
    Chapter 7, “Using the Database to do Too Much,” is particularly useful. In this chapter the author discusses some of the things not to do if you want to properly secure your database environment. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by reading and following these useful suggestions.
    I think my favorite section of the book is the final three chapters. Here is where the author tackles the meaty topics of regulatory compliance and database auditing. New governmental rules and regulations are being introduced constantly and their impact on database administration is not clearly understood by many heads-down, techies. This book will give you a clearer understanding of laws such as GLB, Sarbanes-Oxley, and HIPAA — and lend guidance on how to adapt your database environment in order to comply with these laws.
    All-in-all Implementing Database Security and Auditing is a useful and timely publication that most DBAs would do well to read and embrace.
  • he preface clearly states that this book is a guide on implementing security and auditing for database environments Lays out who should read the book, basically administrators, auditors, security professionals, or any one involved with operational ownership of databases.
    After reading the book I actually felt that there are so many vulnerabilities that effect every part of an IT shop that this book is a must read for developers, architects, and management as well. Often it is the way systems are architected and coded that bring out the vulnerabilities and allow would-be hackers in.
    Ron really has hit a great balance between readability and information.
    The book isnt just a text or reference book but also entertained me.
  • As more business services extend access to information within databases via web-based technologies, so increases their risk of error, vulnerability and noncompliance. For the database administrator and/or security administrator this is a must have reference book.
    The book will address issues that are relevant “today” and packed full of clear and concise methods and techniques that will be helpful in securing, monitoring, and auditing database environments. I was glad to see the author addresses the complexity of regulatory compliance and its implication on database planning, management and IT auditing.
    Great read, great timing!
  • The book is very practical and timely; it contains the complex of useful rules either dispersed in many different sources or not published at all. For example my colleague who is a DB Oracle administrator in Sony Computer Entertainment distinguished the following recommendations:
    · Hardening Oracle environment
    · Avoiding the use of mod_plsql
    · Not making a database a web server and not store HTML pages in the database
    From my perspective the rules concerning Web services and cross-site scripting are the most valuable. Working on these applications I see how vulnerable is a database server due to some security holes; therefore avoiding the holes is important.

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