5. Unauthorized Access To System Data
Businesses are often caught failing to monitor the system administrators who have significant access to systems and ultimately the keys to the kingdom, Shteiman said. Database activity monitoring can help determine when data has been accessed without authorization. The technology is a best practice in protecting databases containing financial, HR or other business applications, Shteiman said. In addition to addressing compliance mandates, database activity monitoring can also detect if a user is reading or updating database files from the application layer. A system admin downloading a financial report should raise a red flag, Shteiman said.