Oracle has released its first database firewall designed to protect valuable systems from attack and disruption.
The Oracle Database Firewall has been developed using technology acquired from the purchase of Secerno last year, and allows real-time monitoring of intrusions, SQL attacks and any attempt to misallocate access privileges.
"Evolving threats to databases require enterprises to look at new security solutions," said Vipin Samar, vice president of database security at Oracle.
"Oracle Database Firewall offers organisations a first line of defence that can stop internal and external attacks from reaching databases."
Oracle claimed that the firewall is easy to deploy and manage, and helps reduce the costs and complexity of securing data across the enterprise without requiring any changes to existing applications and databases.
The firewall uses a technology Oracle calls SQL grammar analysis to detect attacks on the database by monitoring and classifying millions of SQL statements and looking for abnormal behaviour. The system also uses blacklists and white lists to minimise threats.
"It's an extremely crowded market filled with vendors with more experience in this market than Oracle," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told V3.co.uk.
"This is emblematic of the type of control Oracle is trying to extend. If you're a dedicated Oracle solution user then getting all your kit from one source can make sense, but not for most people."
The firewall works with Oracle Database 11g and below, IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008 and Sybase.
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