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Aug 18

Database security 101 Part 6

Also be aware of your own company’s particular security issues and challenges.

Each workplace is different, so some will have more risk to the database than others.

For instance, one set of workplace variables might involve inexperienced data entry staff, a high turnover of staff, and many new computer users. In these circumstances, it is easy to see the type of risk and level of risk involved. Your security would clearly have to contend with the high risk of unintentional threats caused mainly by data entry mistakes, poor backup techniques, and lack of familiarity with the program in particular, or computers in general (I’ve been on the internet for over a dozen years now, and am STILL amazed by the number of people who don’t know how to copy and paste!)

An inexperienced database designer and/or administrator will lead to a high risk of unintentional threats caused by employees having inappropriate file and database feature access settings.

Employees may introduce unintentional threats by sharing files without taking proper security measures.  Data is exposed if their accounts and privileges are not configured correctly to protect the files adequately. They might not build back up and redundancy into the system.  They might not know enough, or attempt to take short cuts with security.

In this case, you would want to set different levels of access, so that, for example, only one or two people have full access. Everyone else will be gradated down from their according to their job, function, and how essential it is that they access the information in the database, both from their work computer and even their home one.

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