Attaining Continuous Database Security with DevSecOps

Posted by D2i Team on December 31, 2021

What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps integrates security practices within its DevOps methodology. DevSecOps encourages a security-as-code approach through the collaboration between security engineers and releases engineering teams. Like DevOps, the DevSecOps strategy focuses on developing innovative solutions to complicated procedures for software development. Teams implement this in the structure of an agile approach.

DevSecOps is a strategy to bridge the gap between IT and security teams while ensuring the quick and secure delivery of code. Organizations can replace the siloed development process with a fresh approach that encourages the sharing of security-related tasks in the process of delivery.

4 Technique For Database Security With DevSecOps

A DevSecOps strategy requires constant database security throughout every stage of creation and usage. Let’s look at a few strategies to ensure continuous security.

Data Masking

Data masking allows you to create a structurally comparable anonymous version of the data that an organization has. The goal is to protect the data in the real world while offering it as a substitute in instances where the real data is not required.

In the process of masking data, it is possible to keep the formatting of the data the same. It is only about changing the values that the information is stored in. You can alter the data in many methods, including shuffling characters encryption, characters, or words. Whatever method you decide to use you must alter the value in a manner that makes it impossible to reverse engineer or detect.

Utilize data masking when presenting information to individuals (whether within or outside of the company) who aren’t required to have access to the information for their job. It is recommended to apply data masking on all sensitive information prior to posting it to public websites.

Use Web Application and Database Firewalls

Guard your database server against security threats by installing firewalls that block the access of traffic as a default. The only traffic allowed must come from specific websites or applications that need access to your database. The firewall must also block your database from making outbound connections unless they are specifically required.

The database protected by firewalls isn’t enough? This is since SQL injections targeted at web-based applications, may be used to erase or move data out of the database. A firewall for databases may not be able to stop this from happening in the event that attacks are initiated by applications that are a permissible site of data traffic. However, a web-based application firewall will likely prevent attacks of this kind due to its ability to monitor the flow of traffic through the application layer and spot malicious patterns in queries.

Cloud Backup

Database backup solutions can help companies protect their data by creating backup copies of their databases in the case of human error or physical hardware failure or data corruption. Companies can make sure that their data is accessible at all times by using tools for backing up databases regardless of the possibility that the central database fails or becomes compromised.

Cloud-based backups permit you to transfer the database backup to a remote, second place for safekeeping in case the database is damaged or destroyed by a failure. A third-party provider typically hosts the backup data servers and storage systems. The provider charges the backup customer according to the amount of storage space used, or capacity, and the number of users.

Cloud backups will help improve the security of your data without overwhelming IT personnel. This benefit in terms of labour savings can be substantial and could even cover some of the extra costs associated with cloud backups, like the cost of data transmission.

Database User Access Security

Administrators should be granted only the bare minimum of rights - those that are necessary to fulfil their task or when they need access.

For smaller organizations, it may be difficult to accomplish since employees are in different roles and the database may only have two or maybe one database administrator. But, you must at minimum manage permission through groups or roles rather than providing access in a direct manner.

If you manage an extensive organization then you should consider automating access management through the use of access management software. Access management software gives authorized users a password that grants them the rights they need each time they need access to the database. The software also records the activities that occur in that time period and blocks administrators from sharing passwords.

It is crucial to restrict any type of sharing of passwords. This is a routine practice among administrators as well as database users, but it can make accountability and effective security of databases almost impossible.

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