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Visualization shows hackers behind majority of data breaches

Wed, 2014-11-19 10:18


Hi, welcome to RDX! Amid constant news of data breaches, ever wonder what's causing all of them? IBM and Ponemon's Global Breach Analysis can give you a rundown. 

While some could blame employee mishaps or poor security, hacking is the number one cause of many data breaches, most of which are massive in scale. For example, when Adobe was hacked, approximately 152 million records were compromised.

As you can imagine, databases were prime targets. When eBay lost 145 million records to perpetrators earlier this year, hackers used the login credentials of just a few employees and then targeted databases holding user information.

To prevent such trespasses from occurring, organizations should employ active database monitoring solutions that scrutinize login credentials to ensure the appropriate personnel gain entry.

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Selecting a Data Warehouse Appliance [VIDEO]

Mon, 2014-11-10 11:57


Hi, welcome to RDX! Selecting a data warehouse appliance is a very important decision to make. The amount of data that companies store is continuously increasing, and DBAs now have many data storage technologies available to them. Uninformed decisions may cause a number of problems including limited functionality, poor performance, lack of scalability, and complex administration.

Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM understand the common data warehousing challenges DBAs face and offer data warehouse appliances that help simplify administration and help DBAs effectively manage large amounts of data.

Need help determining which data warehouse technology is best for your business? Be sure to check out RDX VP of Technology, Chris Foot’s, recent blog post, Data Warehouse Appliance Offerings, where he provides more details about each vendor’s architecture and the benefits of each.

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Oracle assists professionals looking for recovery programs

Mon, 2014-11-10 01:40

Between natural disasters, cybercrime and basic human error, organizations are looking for tools that support disaster recovery endeavors, as well as the professionals capable of using them.

A fair number of administrators often use Oracle's advanced recovery features to help them ensure business continuity for database-driven applications. The database vendor recently unveiled a couple of new offerings that tightly integrate with their Oracle Database architecture.

Restoration and recovery
IT-Online acknowledged Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, which is the first of its kind in regard to its ability to ensure critical Oracle databases retain their information even if the worst should occur. The source maintained that Oracle's new architecture can protect thousands of databases using a cloud-based, centralized recovery appliance as the target.

In other words, the Recovery Appliance isn't simply built to treat databases as information repositories that need to be backed up every so often.  The appliance's architecture replicates changes in real time to ensure that the recovery databases are constantly in sync with their production counterparts.  Listed below are several features that make the architecture stand out among conventional recovery offerings:

  • Live "Redo" data is continuously transported from the databases to the cloud-based appliance protecting the most recent transactions so that servers don't sustain data loss in the event of a catastrophic failure
  • To reduce the impact on the production environment, the Recovery Appliance architecture only delivers data that has been changed, which reduces server loads and network impact
  • The appliance's automatic archiving feature allows backups to be automatically stored on low cost tape storage
  • Data stored on the appliance can be used to recreate a historical version of the database

Simplifying database management and availability 
The second application that Oracle hopes will to enhance entire database infrastructures Oracle Database Appliance Management. The appliance manager application allows administrators to create rapid snapshots of both database and virtual machines, enabling them to quickly create and allocate development and test environments.

"With this update of Oracle Database Appliance software, customers can now reap the benefits of Oracle Database 12c, the latest release of the world's most popular database right out of the box," said Oracle Vice President of Product Strategy and Business Development Sohan DeMel. "We added support for rapid and space-efficient snapshots for creating test and development environments, organizations can further capitalize on the simplicity of Oracle engineered systems with speed and efficiency." 

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Dropbox Database Infiltrated by Hackers [VIDEO]

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:57


While providing database security services to cloud storage providers is possible, many such companies aren't taking the necessary precautions to ensure customer data remains protected. 

According to 9 to 5 Mac, Dropbox recently announced that a database holding 7 million logins for its users was infiltrated. The environment was operated by a third party, which was hired by Dropbox to store its customer data. To the company's relief, many of the stolen passwords were outdated. 

While Dropbox is taking steps to mitigate the situation, the enterprise advised its customers to change their login information as an extra precaution. 

The best way to prevent breaches from occurring is to install automated intrusion detection software. In addition, regularly auditing existing systems for vulnerabilities is considered a best practice. 

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