Vipin Samar, vice president of database security technologies at Oracle, was recently quoted in an Oracle Magazine article.
Samar thinks security professionals can learn a lesson from history. In medieval Europe, castles had multiple defenses—wide moats, high walls, iron doors, and even counterattacking archers to repel different types of attackers. “Similarly, in the IT world, you have to defend your databases from casual onlookers, opportunistic insiders, and state-sponsored hackers,” he says. “Data is your king, but if your defensive moat is a firewall of pawns, it is easy for an enemy knight to jump across and checkmate your king.”