Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) Services

Research shows that, more than 3.2 million records were exposed in the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2020. Significant percent of these records breached involved a database.

Organizations store their most valuable and sensitive information in a database. This sensitive information can belong to customers, partners and/or employees. Perimeter protection and basic security provided with the database don’t ensure sufficient protection from today’s sophisticated hackers or rogue insiders. Average cyber-criminal is lazy and will scrape up any data exposed by running automated online scripts looking for unsecured databases. Managing such a risk needs more than simply dropping in a firewall or installing antivirus software. The databases and applications run in complex environments with numerous dependencies. While we want to protect our information, we need to do it in a way that doesn’t interfere with regular business activities. And this is where Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) comes in. 

Gartner defines Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) as a suite of tools that can be used to support the ability to identify and report on fraudulent, illegal or other undesirable behavior, with minimal impact on user operations and productivity. DAM is a fairly established technology, existing over a decade. The DAM tools have evolved from basic analysis of user activity in and around relational database management systems (RDBMSs) to encompass a more comprehensive set of capabilities such as vulnerability management, application-level analysis, intrusion prevention, identity and access management integration, and risk management support etc. These tools also help to detect irregular activities helping system administrators to enhance the protection of sensitive data.

How does Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) work?

  1. Monitors all database activity, including select transactions and privileged users’ activities, without causing performance degradation.
  2. Securely stores the database activity outside the monitored database
  3. Creates alerts whenever policy breaches are identified
  4. Aggregates and correlates database activities from multiple database management systems
  5. Implements separation of responsibilities of database administrators, controls the administrators’ activities and prevents the tampering of recorded events or logs
 

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Key Benefits of Database Activity Monitoring (DAM)?

Keep track of activities in a database

Knowing the database activities in real-time helps to prevent untoward activities before they escalate. Also, such logs on database activity help in detailed analysis to pinpoint specific problems. They can also be tendered in as evidence of unlawful activities in the event of a cybercrime investigation. The log can also be sent to Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems that specialize in real-time analysis of threats.

Measure and track database utilization as well as database performance trends

DAM tools help to measure the impact of any optimization activities/changes being carried out. Further, forecasts can be made based on the reports from database activity monitoring, which can help in database improvements. E.g. hardware requirements can be predicted based on data usage patterns recorded by DAM.

Improve ability to demonstrate compliance

In addition to having appropriate security controls in place, organizations need to be able to prove that they have the required controls in place as required by several regulatory bodies. This obligation includes demonstrating that necessary alerts are in place, management reports are being generated, and policy documents are up to date. Again, special attention should be placed on being able to demonstrate that separation of duties is practiced. All of these can be achieved via DAM tools.

USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of DAM

While a number of tools can monitor various level of database activity, DAM tools are differentiated by their ability to trigger alerts on policy violations. DAM tools not only record activity but also provide real-time monitoring and rule-based alerting. 

e.g. you can create a rule that triggers an alert every time a DBA performs a select query on a credit card column which returns more than 5 results.

Why Clover Infotech for DAM?

  • Comprehensive DAM Solution: Consultation, Implementation, Maintenance, and Support
  • The 3000 people strong company has focused practice teams handling various cybersecurity areas including DAM.
  • With hands-on experience in database security and strong technology partnership with IBM and Oracle, we extend the capabilities of IBM Guardium and Oracle AVDF Platforms helping enterprises to resist possible security threats and data breaches.
  • Strategic and hands-on support across every phase of DAM implementation
  • Our team of experts guide you in the right direction for defining and constructing a criterion for selecting the most appropriate DAM solution for your business needs. 
  • Our solution team ensures that we deploy the DAM solution in the most effective way possible to generate maximum ROI.

Given today’s ever-evolving nature of cybersecurity threats, combined with the exponential growth in volume of sensitive data, it becomes imperative that organizations deploy data-centric security measures. Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) tools provide necessary compliance and security coverage for your business-critical data without the costs associated with native database auditing. Leverage our collaboration with IBM and Oracle to eliminate implementation risks by using our proven transition methodologies, expertise, and management services. Contact us today!

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