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DBAs will have their rights curbed, predicts Forrester

Cliff Saran

Analysts Forrester Research has predicted that suppliers will begin offering innovative data privacy products within the next 12 to 24 months to control the activity of database administrators and will assign restrictive roles.

Forrester Research noted that traditionally database administrators (DBAs) have always had full access to all of the data in a database, even data classified as private or sensitive.

But with today’s corporate focus on tighter IT security, Forrester said there was a need to control the access of the DBA to private data, such as financial, health-related, or credit card data.

It predicted that within the following 12 to 24 months, database management system (DBMS) and third-party suppliers will roll out products focused on multiprivileged DBA roles, granular DBA auditing, and related security tools that would limit DBA access.

In the meantime Forrester Research advised users dealing with databases that hold private data to limit the number of DBAs managing such environments, enable full auditing of DBA activity, and use a less-privileged DBA role.

Looking ahead, Forrester Research expects that the data security officer role will evolve into one that is responsible for overseeing the security of the database, with DBAs having no access to private data.


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