There has been a great deal of talk around database automation in the past few months, especially as it relates to organizational cybersecurity.
Companies around the world are looking for new ways to streamline their processes, and cloud-based automation tools are quickly becoming a popular solution.  They are simple to deploy, cost-efficient, reliable, scalable and enhance information management. For example, Oracle, who announced its cloud-based autonomous database last May, considers its cloud application suite strategy to be a direct contributor to its recent success in Oracle applications.
When it comes to database management, automation can eliminate the human labour associated with database tuning, security, backups, updates, and other routine management tasks. It simplifies operations and allows companies to stay focused on their core business.
But as more businesses move from traditional software to cloud solutions—and as more software vendors automate monitoring, testing, patching, and tuning—many question the impact on database security. While database automation won’t completely absolve you of your security-related responsibilities, it will certainly play a role in how you manage them.
Here are a few security tips to keep in mind when automating your database in the cloud.
Your existing security policies and tools won’t work in the same way in the cloud.
The on-premise world is much different than that of the cloud, especially when it comes to security.  For example, in on-premise environments, there’s no question that anything that happens within the system is owned by the company’s security team. You probably have existing people, processes, and platforms in place to address every part of your database security. However, in the cloud, you have a shared security responsibility with your cloud provider. Though Gartner predicts that just 5 percent of security failures are at the fault of the cloud provider, it’s a fact of the cloud environment your business must learn

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