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Consuming DBaaS Securely: Comparing Options for Securing On-Premises and Cloud Databases

Published: 07 September 2017

ID: G00328293

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch


Technical professionals frequently need to compare security best practices for on-premises databases against cloud databases. We identify controls and practices that enable data security and secure adoption of cloud databases by providing details on CSP security responsibilities.

Table Of Contents



  • Cloud Database Architectures
  • The Right Way to Protect Databases
  • Step 1. Data Residency
    • Step 1.1. Architectural Constraints
    • Step 1.2. Data-Masking Transforms
  • Step 2. Foundation
    • Step 2.1. Network Segmentation
    • Step 2.2. Patch and Configuration Management
    • Step 2.3. Availability and Recoverability
  • Step 3. DBMS-Level Controls
    • Step 3.1. Permission Management
    • Step 3.2. Database Auditing
    • Step 3.3. Encryption
  • Step 4. Data Protection
    • Step 4.1: Data Discovery
    • Step 4.2. Data Masking, Tokenization and Format-Preserving Encryption


The Details

  • What to Audit?
    • Databases in Scope of Regulatory Frameworks
    • Databases That Back ERP
    • Databases That Store Commercially Sensitive Information
  • Glossary of Terms

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