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Oracle66
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4/21/2012 | 12:07:49 PM
re: Why NoSQL Equals NoSecurity
First of all, I wanted to say that I really enjoyed the article GǣWhy NoSQL Equals NoSecurityGǥ in the Information Week magazine, 4/9/12 issue, and I have never before seen such a thorough analysis of this issue. I am a Sr. Oracle DBA working in New York City with more than eleven years of experience in this field.

I believe that in the case of MongoDB you are wrong: there is a security architecture in this product. When I became aware of the new popularity of NoSQL databases, I took a class given by 10Gen, the creator of MongoDB software, called GǣMongoDB for DBAsGǥ. This class covered many aspects of this document data-store database, including its architecture and security aspects.

During this class I asked many question since I noticed that many of the features of a RDBMS are in MongoDB. One question that I asked on the second day was GǣIs there security and users?Gǥ since up to that point we had not covered security and user management. The response I received from the class instructor is that there is security but it is not enabled as a default. Unless security is enabled there are no user accounts and the database is wide open as you indicated in your article. The process on how to enable security is detailed in the following URL: http://www.mongodb.org/display...

The security model in MongoDB is not as robust as those found in Oracle or MS SQL Server, but it is present. It is a simple authentication model where the administrator account has control of everything and regular users can have full access to a collection (RDBMS table) or read-only access.

Again I would like to thank you for your very thorough treatment of the new and developing area of the database space.

Regards,

Joseph DeArce
Senior Database Administrator
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datatree2@yahoo.com

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4/10/2012 | 5:14:13 PM
re: Why NoSQL Equals NoSecurity
Nice piece, Mike. I completely agree that NoSQL databases are not perfect fits for many enterprise apps, and not just for security. I've written a longer response here:
http://www.cambridgesemantics....
Andrew Hornback
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4/4/2012 | 8:15:52 PM
re: Why NoSQL Equals NoSecurity
Shouldn't security be designed into a product during the development stage, as opposed to being tacked onto it at the end?

That's how my thought process works - secure from the beginning to the end, but it appears that idea has been lost on the developers putting together these new database technologies. Wonder how many breaches directly attributable to the lack of security on these databases it will take before things change?

Andrew Hornback
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