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Oracle?s Latest Offers One-Two Security Punch

Oracle’s Database Vault should ship soon on Linux, with Solaris, Windows and other versions to follow.

Database Vault and the upcoming Audit Vault from Oracle could be ideal for companies hoping to prevent unauthorized viewing, copying or tampering of data. Audit Vault, due out later this year, would “watch” database activity and funnel all that data to a separate, secure repository.

Database Vault, which is available for the current Oracle Database 10g Release 2, will enable companies to “put firewalls around financial data” so that DBAs and system administrators cannot see information they shouldn’t see, said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of database server technologies at the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company. “DBAs right now are pretty much all-powerful. They can see anything. [Database] Vault lets you put a wall around that data,” he said. “Once you do that, folks with no need to see financial data are locked out of that realm.”

Oracle partners can use the technology—costing $20,000 per CPU—to ease customers’ regulatory compliance, ISVs and solution providers said.

This is a “clean method to control who can do what [with the data] and protect against insider threats,” said Dwayne Melancon, vice president of business development at Tripwire, a Portland, Ore., ISV specializing in IT auditing software.

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