As the world of business has been greatly affected by digital transformation, practices related to workflows have also been moved to a large extent in the digital environment. The fact that companies store and process in the digital environment many different components related to their business models, as well as the data stacks that make up these components, offers advantages but also presents certain challenges. Difficulties related to cybersecurity protocols and access management are particularly challenging.
Monitoring access to databases where all sorts of critical company data are stored is of great significance to achieve a high level of network security. The fact that not only company users but also third-party institutions and individuals have database access brings about the necessity to establish a major control mechanism. Indeed, a poorly built database access management system may be insufficient in preventing data breaches, as a result of which the company may face both legal sanctions and loss of reputation.
The first course of action to avoid such undesirable developments and to have a sophisticated database access management system is the integration of a database access manager and a cybersecurity protocol that makes use of dynamic data masking into the IT infrastructure of the company.
Database access manager and dynamic data masking, indispensable components of database security, are cybersecurity solutions that prevent data breaches and their negative outcomes that negatively affect companies as well as their stakeholders. This system not only helps to ensure compliance with legal regulations on the protection of sensitive personal data such as GDPR and KVKK instead of tiptoeing around them but also bolsters your IT network against cyber threats.
It is best to elaborate on what database access manager is first. Database access manager, one of the key elements in ensuring data security, acts as a session log for database administrators. The system, which keeps a record of all queries and user logins, as well as access permissions given by the administrators, ensures secure privileged access to the database. Logging the data flow of all privileged sessions, this module helps to closely monitor database connections and activities. Database access, which is among the basic elements of an effective cybersecurity protocol, ensures that users only see the information assigned to them and cannot interfere with the system in general.
Another key element of secure privileged access is data masking. This technology aims to prevent the abuse of critical data by providing users with fictitious or secret data instead of real and sensitive data. Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) helps to prevent data breaches by withholding sensitive data from non-privileged users. Dynamic data masking, a tool of critical importance for secure access to companies' IT infrastructure, not only secures sensitive data but also ensures that data remain unchanged. DDM, which can also be configured to hide critical data in databases and query sets, utilizes fix/reset, scrambling, blurring, tokenization, modification, and other proprietary data hiding methods.
Database access manager and dynamic data masking work in an analogous manner. Database access manager, which helps to ensure data privacy, utilizes the mitmproxy to monitor multiple databases simultaneously (for example Cassandra, Hive, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and Teradata). The module blocks unauthorized access and permissions requests made through existing SQLs. Thus, the combination of database access manager and dynamic data masking offers all-around protection of the database. This nested relationship between the two modules can be explained through three basic principles in five steps.
The three basic principles above can be explained in five steps, through an example:
Database access manager and dynamic data masking enable companies to create sophisticated security policies. The cybersecurity benefits of these two modules, which enable institutions to have full authority over all access authorizations and user activities within the IT network, including remote access, can be summarized as follows:
The analogous use of DAM and DDM, important elements of Privileged Access Management systems, stand out as one of the best ways to provide end-to-end data security in today's world where businesses are largely digitized. These two modules are among the numerous advantages offered by Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions and were developed based on the principles of least privilege and zero trust. Both modules are perfect for taking the cybersecurity policy of your company to the next level.
If you are looking for a PAM solution that includes the modules of database access manager and dynamic data masking, Single Connect will surely meet your expectations. Featured in the Privileged Access Management reports published by Gartner, KuppingerCole, and Omdia for its effectiveness, Single Connect, with its advanced product family offering the advantages of database access manager and dynamic data masking, will play an important role in ensuring the security of privileged accounts and critical data.
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