Oracle merges products for new enterprise traffic monitoring platform

Oracle is combining two of its security products into a single software appliance-based platform intended to audit both Oracle-made and third-party databases.

Oracle is merging a couple of its existing security products together to make one big solution to tackle Oracle and non-Oracle database traffic.

The two products in question are the Oracle Audit Vault and Oracle Database Firewall, which were designed to extend protection beyond Oracle and third-party databases to audit operating systems, directories and custom sources.

Examples of traffic sources include Microsoft SQL Server, SAP Sybase, IBM DB2, and MySQL. Furthermore, the new solution supports auditing and event logging from third-party sources such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Active Directory, and XML-based Audit Collection Plugins.

The new platform, which is quite simply named the Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, is supposed to better streamline this process because it will be delivered as a new software appliance-based platform.

Primary tasks for the Audit Vault and Database Firewall consist of being able to detect and block unauthorized database activity as well as consolidate audit data and logs into a secure, centralized repository.

Vipin Samar, vice president of database security product development at Oracle, asserted in prepared remarks that the Audit Vault and Database Firewall "is not just an integration of two existing products," but rather "a new product that provides a unified monitoring and auditing platform that goes beyond databases."

Oracle promises that with this single product, the Audit Vault and Database Firewall will speed up company-wide deployments, simplify operations, and reduce costs for securing sensitive data within an enterprise.

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