PostgreSQL Database Security Audit
Identify and address security threats to harden your database
Identifying breach points is the first step towards improving your database security so that your business is not impacted by its vulnerability. A PostgreSQL Database Security Audit identifies and addresses security threats to harden your PostgreSQL database and infrastructure.
Hardening your database will assist in your efforts to comply with regulations such as GDPR, PCI, and DSS. A vulnerability assessment of your network and application components will help you identify and address system weaknesses. This then helps prevent breaches from malicious attacks such as ransomware or database injection, as well as human error.
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5 Good Reasons to get a PostgreSQL Database Security Audit
- Ensure SLAs are met. Data security is key for any organization’s credibility. Ensuring that SLAs are met maintains integrity with customers while also meeting long term business goals.
- Classify Vulnerabilities. All systems are vulnerable to attack. Identifying vulnerabilities and securing them properly will help prevent system breaches.
- Validate Security of Backups and Backup Channels. Backups of data are just as important as the live data and must meet SLAs, so it’s important to audit and secure the backups and backup channels regularly.
- Identify Outdated Software and Libraries. Outdated software and libraries are practically an invitation for hackers. It is important that the database and all libraries it is dependent on are up to date so nothing can be breached via known security holes.
- Optimize Logging/Auditing. Ensure logging and auditing configurations are capturing the necessary information to prevent a breach or identify where/when a breach happened if one did occur.
A Security Audit with 2ndQuadrant evaluates and analyzes your system’s security, documents vulnerabilities discovered, and provides a customized report that includes recommendations and prioritized remediation steps. This vulnerability assessment covers the following areas:
- Operating System Security. To have a secure database you must first have a secure operating system. Our experts will recommend measures you can take so your system’s OS is protected from remote hacking or malware.
- Network Security Strategy. We analyze firewall levels and provide a customized strategy for implementing measures that need to be in place to prevent any unauthorized access to your system.
- User Authentication Levels. The most common method of identifying unauthorized access. Our experts look at your business and recommend unique authenticating levels to ensure each user only has the required access.
- Schema Level Security. We analyze user entry points and recommend a method for defining privileges within the system schemas to establish clear boundaries and prevent trespassing.
- Data Encryption. Encryption is another way to protect the information on your database. Encryption is a wall of complex code requiring a security key to gain access. We provide recommendations on how to best encrypt your system so potential hackers can’t decipher your data.
- Backup Security. Data backups are a frequent target of attackers. We evaluate your backups and validate that their entry points are as secure as the primary data.
- Row Level Security. We suggest policies to specify the information each user is allowed to access. We review the way each type of user is able to interact with your data, and recommend a plan to restrict access for users when necessary.
In an increasingly connected world, the surface area for possible cyber threats is multiplying daily, creating a critical need for more sophisticated data security procedures. SQL Firewall is an easy-to-use PostgreSQL extension, developed by 2ndQuadrant, for statement-level whitelisting for individual users. SQL Firewall is available to all 24/7 Professional Support customers.
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