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New SANS Institute Report Puts Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall to the Test

A new report from leading security organization SANS Institute finds that Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall successfully achieves three key security objectives: audit collection, SQL traffic monitoring, and security event reporting.

With Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, organizations can monitor both Oracle and non-Oracle database traffic, and detect and block threats. It also enhances compliance by consolidating audit data from disparate sources—including databases, operating systems, directories, custom applications, and more—into a secure data warehouse for reporting and alerting.

Thumbs Up from SANS
To evaluate Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, SANS simulated real-world scenarios and found that the solution "did what it claimed to do and is a valuable solution for organizations looking for a first line of defense that protects their data and databases," the report's author Tanya Baccam, SANS Institute Analyst, writes.

In particular, the study finds the solution successfully

  • Monitors traffic and blocks threats. SANS was able to observe Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall detect a SQL injection attempt—and then block it.
  • Provides consolidated reporting on IT system events. The report finds that the solution enables monitoring of multiple hosts and disparate systems and delivers simplified compliance reporting.
Cross-Enterprise Reach
Most organizations have multiple database platforms, typically requiring disparate reporting tools that complicate risk management. In response, Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall centralizes information from across the data infrastructure.

"The ability to monitor and protect enterprisewide systems in a single console can help break down the information silos that leave IT environments vulnerable," the report's author writes.

Ease of Use
The solution's intuitive interface and out-of-the-box reporting capability are another key benefit, according to the report.

"The centralized web console makes it easy to set up and view the systems that Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall monitors," writes the report's author. "The built-in reports provide details about database activity, and when needed, customized reports can be created. Alerts could also be easily set up to communicate relevant data in a more timely fashion."

Download the complete SANS report.

Learn more about Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall.
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