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Secure The DATA

Evaluate user rights (present impact)
What database users have access to sensitive data?

Evaluate DB Object grant Strategy (future impact)
Are privileges granted directly to users which may
result in unintended privileges in the future?

Evaluate DBA Segregation of Duties
Do DBA account privileges adhere to the principle of
least privilege?

Evaluate Data encryption
Is data stored in plain text or is it encrypted?
What kind of encryption is used?
Where are the keys stored and how are they secured?
evaluate resource controls
Are user resource controls in place (user disk & cpu quotas)?

Evaluate Stored Procedure/function access and visibility
Is sensitive stored procedure code encrypted?
Is read or execute access to powerful stored procedures
protected from inappropriate users?

Evaluate Access controls – Password Policies
Is a strong password policy enforced?
Are proper limits on login failures enforced?
Is a password expiration policy enforced?

Evaluate controls required by Applicable regulations:
e.g.,HIPAA, PCI, Sarbanes Oxley

Secure The Database configuration

Evaluate DB Backup / BcP Strategy
Are backups working as planned?
How are backups transferred and secured?

Evaluate Software Patch configuration
Is database patched with latest security patches?

Evaluate Directory Structure and Security
Are directories containing database control files and
data files secured?

Evaluate Database Authentication
Can an unauthorized user gain access to the database?

Evaluate Database Audit Policy
What database activities are being audited?
Are the audit logs monitored?

Evaluate SQlnet configuration
Is the SQLNET configuration password protected?
Are log files set to minimum levels?
Is EXTPROC removed from the sqlnet.ora configuration file?
Is the listener port set to something other than default 1521?
In a multi-tiered environment, are all servers blocked with
the exception of the appropriate application and
administration servers?

Secure Data Ingress/egress

Evaluate Application Security
Are applications using the database secured against
OWASP Top 10 attacks?
Are database credentials stored in scripts for internal
“applications” that access the data?
Evaluate Interface Security
Are interfaces and supporting systems/processes
holistically secured?
Are data feeds validated & provable?
Are feeds encrypted?
Evaluate reporting/BI Security
Is direct SQL access to the databse appropriately restricted?
Is access to business critical data monitored?
How are user-generated reports stored/secured?
Evaluate Third Party Security
Are security controls specified in third party agreements
for data analytics/processing?
Is security attestation required from third parties
handling sensitive data?

Secure The Physical Environment

Evaluate Physical Security
Are physical access controls in place to prevent
unauthorized access to the data, systems, and networks
the data resides on?
Are physical/logical access controls in place for mobile devices?
Are secure disposal controls

Secure The Network

Evaluate network Security
Are critical connections to the database environment
secured in transit?
Are the DBA workstations secure?
evaluate environment Segregation
Are Dev, Staging, and Prod environments fully segregated?
Is Prod data kept out of Dev and Staging environments?

Secure The Database Server

Evaluate host Security
Is there a comprehensive approach to patch, vulnerability
and configuration management?
Is privileged access to the host appropriately limited?
Is access to the host logged? Are the logs monitored?
Are key configuration files protected against modification?

Evaluate Segregation of Duty
Do administrator login rights adhere to the principle of
least privilege?
Are all users using unique passwords?
Are DBA, System Admin, and Security Admin roles segregated?