Oracle Data Vault has introduced support for collecting audit data from IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows (IBM DB2) and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database servers. Oracle had previously announced Audit Vault's capability to collect audit data from Microsoft SQL Server, in addition to Oracle Databases. As a result of the new capability, Oracle Audit Vault now captures audit data from IBM DB2 versions 8.2 and 9.5 and Sybase ASE versions 12.5 and 15.0, in addition to Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005 and Oracle Database 11g.
Oracle is making this heterogeneous play because there is growing demand from customers for a solution that can audit the activity of other databases as well in order to support the entire enterprise, Vipin Samar, vice president of database security, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.
With Oracle Audit Vault, audit data is consolidated automatically into a secure, centralized repository built using Oracle's data warehousing software, and analyzed in real-time against enterprise-defined policies. Any unauthorized activities can be detected immediately using Oracle Audit Vault's alerts dashboard.
In addition, Oracle Audit Vault delivers pre-built, customizable reports to help address the need for compliance reporting for regulations such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act. Oracle Audit Vault's reports can be saved and shared within the enterprise as well as with external auditors.
According to Samar, Oracle Audit Vault's database activity monitoring and reporting capabilities turn real-time audit data generated natively by heterogeneous databases into a key security resource for detecting unauthorized activity as well as automating time-consuming regulatory compliance reporting functions. Oracle Data Vault is "built from the ground up to be really secure and scale, and be able to support the requirements of auditing multiple systems at a very low performance overhead," says Samar.
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