Smart Governance is a component of Smart System Management that helps the business ensure that a company’s security policies are being strictly enforced by the DBAs.
Customers can monitor the database access controls, or permissions, that have already been implemented, as well as being able to check if someone is trying to do things they shouldn’t be doing.
Companies are under a lot of pressure to ensure that their sensitive data is secure. Smart Governance provides an additional level of security to address, among other things:
1. Increased Regulatory and Compliance requirements, where it can support some business processes in complying with regulatory obligations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, or Sarbane Oxley in the US.
2. Unintentional breaches – situations where DBAs grant access to sensitive data in error, or users unknowingly access sensitive data.
3. Bad actors - where disgruntled or dishonest employees, or a third party, act suspiciously or maliciously by accessing sensitive data in contravention of the company’s security policies.
The tool allows customers to define what criteria they want to be detected and reported on.
It is a flexible framework that uses configurable parameters to customise these events, their frequency, and method of alerting. To detect that a criterion has been met, it interrogates system tables and logs. The timing of the alerts, which can be via email or a messaging app, will depend on how frequently the system tables are updated but can occur in near real time.
Alerts can be directed to DBAs, and/or to any manager such as the Chief Security Officer or their team to ensure that the appropriate follow-up actions are taken.