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Oracle Corporation

October 13, 2009 11:12 ET

Oracle® Database Vault Increases Security of SAP® Application Data

Oracle Database Vault Offers Out of the Box Security to Facilitate Data Privacy and Regulatory Compliance for SAP Applications

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News Facts

  • In a move to provide customers with increased security for mission-critical SAP® application data, Oracle today announced the certification of Oracle® Database Vault for use with SAP applications.
  • Oracle Database Vault enables organizations to efficiently increase security and address regulatory compliance by controlling who, when, where and how existing SAP application data can be accessed by any users, including privileged database users such as database administrators (DBAs).
  • Using Oracle Database Vault, organizations can further ensure that database users cannot by-pass SAP application security features and access SAP application data directly using ad-hoc database query tools.

Safeguarding Access to Sensitive Application Data

  • Oracle Database Vault establishes protective realms around SAP application database objects to prevent privileged database user access to sensitive data and to enforce separation of duties among privileged database users.
  • Oracle Database Vault provides the following default realms to protect the SAP application and data within the database:
    • Application Protection Realms for ABAP™ and the Java stacks: Protects all the sensitive SAP business data against unauthorized access from the privileged database users, and maintains the integrity of the SAP database structures;
    • Application Administration Realm for BR*Tools: Securely protects the integrity of all Oracle Database objects such as tables and indexes that are used by the BR*Tools and guards against unauthorized changes from other privileged database users;
    • Application Protection Realm for Admin Roles: protects SAP administration roles including SAPCONN, SAPDBA, SAPCRED, and SAPSYS from being granted except by the authorized administrator, and provides separation of duty; and,
    • Application Credential Protection Realm: protects the SAP application credential data from any unauthorized access or changes by privileged database user, and enhances separation of duty.
  • Default Oracle Database Vault multi-factor command rules help prevent SAP application security by-pass. Customers can further customize and add rules to address additional security requirements. Oracle Database Vault comes with numerous pre-defined command rule factors such as time of day, day of week and system address, and organizations can build custom factors using the Oracle Database Vault API.
  • SAP application data can be further protected using Oracle Advanced Security, which was previously certified for SAP solutions. Oracle Advanced Security provides transparent data encryption to prevent unauthorized access to SAP application data outside the database, and complements Oracle Database Vault protection for SAP application data within the database.
  • Oracle Database Vault is now certified with Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle's Siebel CRM, Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise, the Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP solution-based environments running on Oracle Database to protect the underlying data.

Supporting Quotes

  • "Data is the lifeline of any business and must be safeguarded not only for compliance reasons, but for the health of the organization and its customer relationships," said Vipin Samar, vice president of Database Security, Oracle. "Oracle Database Vault proactively and transparently safeguards application data, preventing unauthorized access and providing customers with the necessary database security technology to help achieve regulatory compliance. Today's certification extends that protection to SAP environments, allowing customers to protect their critical business information."
  • "Protecting mission-critical data within the Oracle Database is important for SAP customers," said Dr. Christian Graf, development manager, Database Platforms, SAP AG. "Through our SAP support for Oracle Database Vault, SAP customers will be able to enjoy the protection they have come to expect."
  • "Oracle Database Vault is helping Hydro One to further address regulatory compliance," said Norman Crook, Director IT Service Delivery, Business Information Technology, Hydro One Networks Inc. "With Oracle Database Vault, Hydro One is positioned to complete the final stages of the SAP security roadmap, further strengthening the security policies safeguarding our data."

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