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How to Secure Your Database Environment One of the threats that businesses face on a daily basis is database security. When your database is compromised, your company’s important information and data can be stolen by third parties. Since databases contain critical applications and sensitive or regulated information, their security should be a top priority in an organization. Moreover, if people have different permission levels when accessing your databases, there should be a way to monitor and track any changes done. Today, there is increasing regulation and security policies on database management. For instance, as many people use credit cards to shop online, organizations have to ensure the credit card data based on their websites is safe from third party access. Deployment of high-level database security has become a primary requirement in any organization that is operating online and handles sensitive data. However, in spite of all database security advances, breaches still happen. According to a recent report by a top security firm, nearly 90 percent of database intrusions cases go unnoticed. Sometimes, changes in the databases can result to security breaches or outages. Serious losses are bound to be incurred by companies whose databases contain sensitive data. For example, imagine when the data of a proprietary product is accessed by a third party! The company can undergo huge losses if the blueprints are leaked in the underground market.
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Given the huge losses that database compromises and security breaches can lead to, it is only right that you prioritize database security. There are various best practices you can adopt to maintain database security and streamline compliance.
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Minimize Server Exposure The first step to minimizing security of your database service is before you install it. Choose only the necessary components to be installed in the database. Also, secure the access of the database by using a different password than the one used to log into the server. Using the same username and password for the server as well as the database lowers the security of the database. If the server credentials have extended privileges and an unauthorized person gains access to it, your database can be compromised. You should also avoid using the default settings that databases come with. For example, after installing a database, you should disable or rename the default system account. You can further improve the security of the database by changing the default settings of some server instances. For example, after installation, change the default port number that your database uses. Disabling and hiding default browser or server settings will also go a long way in improving your database security. Follow the guide above to secure your applications database.