In an environment of ever-expanding security threats, businesses and enterprises have witnessed an exponential increase in the volume and reliance on sensitive data. Giving this context, data-centered security tools and measures have become a primordial interest for companies seeking to safeguard their data as it transits over different networks, servers, and applications. In a race to provide a safe haven for company data, trade secrets, as well as customer and employee sensitive data, native database auditing tools, and database activity monitoring mechanisms have become a standard in the enterprise sector.
As the name implies, native database auditing tools are already integrated by default in database systems, but have proven to be substandard in ensuring the protection of large scale databases, as they degrade performance and fall short in meeting compliance and security requirements.
Database activity monitoring encompasses the mechanisms and policies that are used to observe, detect and alert in real-time any fraudulent attempts on manipulating the data in a system, or other undesirable internal or external activities while determining the efficiency of security tools and data policies.
There are many database activity monitoring tools on the market, but in general, all of them perform the same functions and are usually graded based on their ability to:
independently monitor and audit all database activity without hindering the overall performance of the system;
- secure and store database activity logs in a separate environment, outside the monitored database;
- collect and compare database activities from multiple database management systems;
- monitor and audit the activity of database administrators to prevent manipulation of data records or logs.
By integrating itself between an existing application server and a database system, Modex BCDB can enhance database activity monitoring procedures by providing in-depth tracking of user and database admin activities, record versioning and complex access control mechanisms. Due to the fact that blockchain records and timestamps any modification made on the data, it provides a highly transparent environment not only for data, but also for the user and database administrator activity logs. This feature significantly enhances audit procedures as it offers network beneficiaries a bird’s eye view over system activity.