Enterprise Data Security – A Case Study

Abstract

This article is a case study about an Enterprise Data Security project including the strategy that addresses key areas of focus for database security encompassing all major RDBMS platforms. It presents the current state of database security tools and processes, the current needs of a typical enterprise, and a plan forevolving the data security. This strategy will help set direction for the blueprint of data security and provide a composite high level view of data security policies and procedures for the purpose of satisfying growing regulatory and compliance requirements and develop high level timeline and for all steps of development. This article presents a three steps strategy to address current outstanding audit concerns and positioning to more readily address the evolving regulatory landscape. 

1 Overview

As security, regulatory, and compliance pressures continue to be a key driver for XYZ Company, the technical environment supporting our business will need to be continually reviewed and enhanced to ensure all requirements are met. The database environment is extremely sensitive based on the fact that a large percentage of data at XYZ Company resides in our RDBMS platforms. These environments have been audited and scrutinized on a regular basis and will continue to be as we move forward. Although the database environments at XYZ Company are protected by tightened perimeter security measures, advanced authentication, authorization and access control security measures, and are considered to be a secure environment which effectively protect XYZ Company data from external intrusions, we must continue to look for opportunities to increase the overall security and compliance of these environment based on evolving needs, as well as, new technologies that can enhance the environment. Through compliance activities such as internal audits, SOX, GLBA, PCI, and others, other opportunities have been identified to better secure this environment.  

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