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Field Report: Nuclear Fuel Supplier Tightens Database Security

Keeping tabs on enriched uranium? Challenging. Keeping track of database integrity for SOX? Piece of cake.

A spate of compliance mandates -- Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPPA, Basel II, to name a few -- have forced IT administrators to prove that they have a handle on data integrity. United States Enrichment Corp. (USEC), a uranium enrichment firm, felt the pressure in mid-2005.

"We are a publicly traded company, so SOX was an issue," says Robert Gorrie, information security manager. "Our auditors asked me how I know that all the changes in our database are legitimate. We put some [safeguards] in place that were very labor intensive, but they didn't pass muster." Gorrie's boss, the CIO, saw an ad in a trade journal for Guardium database activity monitoring and auditing software and asked if it would help. It did.

"Guardium is not the panacea," Gorrie says. "We still need a separate trouble ticketing system, and you still need eyes to look at the reports. The good news is it got the auditors off my back."

Gorrie uses Guardium's software to watch activity on USEC's inventory, HR and financial databases, which did not sit well with the DBA initially. "My DBA said, 'My god you can see everything I do!' I said, 'Yeah, but then I don't have to bug you for audit logs, etc.'"

Gorrie adds "you have to trust your DBA, but 'trust' is not something that will keep your auditors at bay."

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