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New Toad for Oracle Module Helps DBAs Maintain Regulatory Compliance


Quest Software has introduced Toad for Oracle—Sensitive Data Protection (SDP) Module, a new add-on module to support DBAs in helping to maintain compliance with data-handling regulations across the business.

With Toad for Oracle SDP, DBAs can identify and protect sensitive data across the database infrastructure to help their organizations mitigate against the risk of non-compliance.

Toad for Oracle SDP enables DBAs to detect and receive notification of PII data residing in databases, select encryption and redaction options immediately after detection, and perform ongoing monitoring to proactively manage databases. With greater visibility and insight into where sensitive data resides, Quest says, DBAs can maintain stronger security and have greater confidence in meeting compliance regulations and standards.

With the first anniversary of the EU’s GDPR approaching, organizations are continuing to examine the available database management options as they implement regulation strategies to ensure that data stored meets regulation requirements and doesn’t pose a threat to business.

The consequence of non-compliance with GDPR or other long-standing regulations, such as HIPAA and PCI DSS, can carry severe financial penalties as well as reputational damage. With these tightening data standards, DBAs are under increased pressure to meet compliance requirements and are on the front lines of securing sensitive data.

Toad for Oracle SDP takes an automated approach to help DBAs mitigate the risk of non-compliance, identify where personal data resides across Oracle databases, and apply the appropriate protection techniques.

“Manual methods to identify personal data are ineffective and put companies at risk. When non-compliance penalties for GDPR can cost millions of dollars, companies can’t afford to be non-compliant,” said Venkat Rajaji, VP product management of information management at Quest Software. “DBAs often spend hours manually searching their databases for potentially sensitive data, and Toad for Oracle SDP completely automates the process to identify sensitive data reliably and quickly. This saves DBAs time and organizations money, while providing peace of mind that the data stored across the database infrastructure meets compliance requirements.”

Designed specifically for Oracle DBAs, Toad for Oracle SDP scans metadata and table data to identify personal and sensitive data, then works with Oracle’s encryption, redaction and auditing technologies to protect data, with capabilities to automate and schedule the identification process. It simplifies and automates tasks related to identifying and protecting sensitive data in the database and, as a result, help DBAs implement effective data protection policies and strategies.

Enabling sensitive data search, Toad for Oracle SDP offers the ability to search potentially sensitive data in the database based on a set of pre-defined and customizable rules, which provide search criteria based on common column-naming conventions (metadata) and data content formats (data polling); and export search results into a number of file formats including JSON. It also actively addresses columns that have been identified as containing sensitive data through encryption, redaction or by adding an audit policy.

Its sensitive data awareness enables the usage of sensitive data to be flagged to developers as code is written in the Editor or as tables are created and altered; and empowers DBAs to protect data identified by Toad as sensitive, based on search rules specified. It also applies data protection measures proactively as database objects are created.

For more information, go here.

To download a free trial of Toad for Oracle—Sensitive Data Protection, go here.


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