Database Security in Virtualization & Cloud Computing Environments


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Source: McAfee
Date: March 2013
Type: White Paper
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Overview: Many organizations have found themselves drawn to virtualization and cloud computing architectures for the many benefits, only to find that the complexity of ensuring adequate data security was simply too great an obstacle. But the adoption of these technologies is inevitable. By deploying memory-based solutions for distributed database monitoring, enterprises will find that it is not only possible to protect sensitive information in these emerging computing models, but that the same architecture also provides both more effective and more efficient data security across their dedicated database servers as well.

This paper provides an overview of three key technology challenges in protecting sensitive data and how an architecture designed for distributed monitoring at the database memory level instead of network monitoring can best address them.

Understand the importance of bringing security inspection closer to the target. When deploying "virtual appliances" to run software formerly run by a dedicated appliance, enable visibility into virtual machine to virtual machine transactions.

Learn why a security solution based on sensors running side by side with databases on every host machine works in all database environments, including cloud and hybrid environments. And, why the dynamic nature of this type of solution that comes up (and goes down) with every database.

Understand why any wide area network architecture that requires off-host processing of database transactions to determine policy violations is unlikely to be responsive enough to prevent attacks.

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