RE: How do you feel about allowing non-DBA's on your database servers?
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:57:07 +0100
When you make a decision, make sure you and your position on the matter are written down. Then there can be no disagreement or ambiguity later on about what was agreed to. Be very, very careful about setting a bad precedent, nothing like fighting for the next 9 months with obstinate users, when you mistakenly agreed to something, always easier to simply say NO. If you let Fred have it today, then his mate wants it next week, then Harry and his whole kick up a fuss to get it the following month!
You need to consider getting management on your side, even if you employ a little bit of BS. Security breaches and data loss are big in the media right now, suggest to management that it wouldn't be good press to have the company name dragged through the mud due a very silly data breach because someone was given unnecessary privs, copied data and lost a USB stick or laptop in a cab. Get your company compliance department on your side, the threat of court action due to regulatory breaches always gets our compliance dept on our side whenever we have a silly fight on our hands with development or external dealings. Do you have an appointed security officer you can get on your side to help you cement any position you take?
I hate "the game", all that political BS gets up my nose and gets in the way of the job, but when it comes to dealing with something you have to protect as part of your job and if it goes wrong you will carry the can, then you need to play "the game" a little bit or at least understand the rules, so you can get others to play "the game" for you.
[mailto:oracle-l-bounce_at_freelists.org] On Behalf Of Robert Freeman Sent: 27 July 2009 16:31
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Subject: How do you feel about allowing non-DBA's on your database servers?
So, I've got a client that is being pressured by development and support types to allow access to their database servers. They claim that it's so they can use tools like ps, sar, topas, etc.... to monitor performance and deal with support issues.
My position is that this is a huge risk and that I would want an very limited population of users (read DBA's and SYSADMIN's only) to have access to these servers.
Anyone have an opinion on this?
Robert G. Freeman
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