Defend Your Flanks First

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-09-12 Print this article Print

Fix or Remediate Known Vulnerabilities

In order to mitigate risk and improve the database security posture, the next step in shoring up security at the database level is to fix or remediate known vulnerabilities. Default passwords should be removed. Misconfigurations should be corrected. Software patches and known workarounds should be applied. Progress should be benchmarked, Julian said.

"Not all vulnerabilities can be eliminated or patched immediately. Customized policies and real-time alerting on suspicious activities allows an organization to proactively respond to threats," Julian said.

According to Julian, Application Security's Database Security Lifecycle methodology allows enterprises to extend layered defenses to the repositories of their most critical and confidential information and as a result significantly minimize security risk. These steps are an important component of any compliance effort; they enable organizations to respond promptly and provide informed remediation and notification when necessary, he said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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