Turbocharge Your Database Auditing with Oracle Unified Auditing

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In this e-learning session, we will discuss Oracle Unified Auditing and how it can help turbocharge your database audit team. Unified Auditing is a new feature in the Oracle database starting from Oracle 12c. This presentation focuses on the effective use of unified auditing, its benefits, and the enhancements it brings to the auditing process.

Before we delve into the details of unified auditing, let’s first understand its importance and why it should be a priority for your database security and compliance efforts.

Introducing Integrity Corporation
Integrity Corporation, founded in 2002, specializes in providing security and compliance solutions for ERP applications like Oracle E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft, as well as Oracle databases. They offer products like AppCentury, which is a security scanner, auditing tool, and audit repository for Oracle databases. They also provide AppDefend, an enterprise application firewall for Oracle Business Suite and PeopleSoft, offering virtual patching and protection against security issues. With a team of experts and a focus on research and best practices, Integrity Corporation is dedicated to helping clients secure their Oracle databases effectively.

Unified Auditing – A Game Changer
Unified Auditing brings significant enhancements to the auditing capabilities of the Oracle database. Unlike previous versions, which had limitations in terms of granularity and detail, unified auditing allows you to audit specific events and activities in the database. The focus of this presentation is to guide you on how to leverage unified auditing effectively, optimizing its power to gather the information you need for database security and compliance.

Why Oracle 19c?
Oracle 19c is the current long-term release of the Oracle database, making it a key version for your consideration. While some may be running older versions like Oracle 12.1 or 12.2, upgrading to 19c is highly recommended. Although Oracle 21c is also available, it has a shorter support period, making 19c the better choice for most customers. This presentation primarily focuses on Oracle 19c but will touch on the differences in unified auditing across various versions.

Requirements and Design Phase
Before enabling unified auditing, it is crucial to go through the requirements and design phase. This step is often overlooked, but it is essential to understand why you are turning on auditing and how you plan to utilize the audit information. Consider factors like alerting, reporting, and archiving. Additionally, taking an enterprise view is essential, especially if you have multiple databases. Think about implementing a layered design approach, where you have a common set of events for all databases, followed by more specific requirements for categorized databases, such as SOX databases or databases handling sensitive data.

Layered Design Approach
Every database has its specific requirements, and a layered design approach is the most effective way to handle different needs. Start with a set of common events that apply to all databases, such as login and logout events, user creation, and changes to critical configuration options. These events provide a baseline level of auditing across the enterprise. For categorized databases like SOX databases or those handling financial or healthcare data, additional requirements can be identified, such as capturing object changes or monitoring privileged account access. Finally, for databases with sensitive data, stricter requirements and auditing measures may be necessary to meet compliance standards like GDPR.

Working with Integrity Corporation
Integrity Corporation has developed a layered design approach for implementing unified auditing across multiple databases. Their templates and best practices have been successful in many client deployments. By following their recommendations, organizations can efficiently implement unified auditing while meeting their security and compliance goals.

To sum up, implementing Oracle Unified Auditing is a game-changer for your database audit team. By utilizing the power of unified auditing, you can gather detailed information about database activities and events, enhancing your database security and compliance efforts. With the guidance of Integrity Corporation and their expertise in Oracle security and compliance, organizations can achieve robust auditing across their entire database landscape.

Make the most of Oracle Unified Auditing in Oracle 19c and future-proof your database audit capabilities today!

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