In this article we take a close look at security threats that one needs to be aware of while running an Ms Access database.
Keeping Access Databases safe is one of the top-most concerns of all database users and business users. With the increasing amount of security threats, growing rate of cyber crime and identity frauds, it is very important for an organization to ensure that all its databases are secured from different kinds of attacks. Although so many advanced forms of security threats have developed today that it is difficult to provide protection against all of them. Given below are a few of the most common security threats you can face while using Access Databases.
1. Deployment Failure
A lot of times, vulnerabilities in a system arise because there are problems in deployment. If the first step is taken in the wrong direction, you will keep on walking the wrong way. Failures at the time of deployment will only lead to greater problems with time, most common ones being security threats.
2. Broken Databases
If there is even a single loophole in your database, it can give way to any worm or any other virus, that can either be strong or weak. There is a possibility that it might even give way to a completely devastating virus, destroying all you databases. So make sure all your databases are secured and do not have any security loophole.
3. Data leaks
The most important part of databases is contained in the back-end, which is considered to be free from security threats coming from the Internet. These misconceptions often keep users from encrypting data in the back-end, thus leading to data leaks and creating bigger security threats. Always SSL or TSL to encrypt data.
4. Data Theft
It is often assumed that any kind of attempt to steal data will be from outside the organization. This is another misconception. A lot of times people within the organization attempt to steal data for varied reasons, ranging from money, revenge, sadism to other weird reasons.
5. Abuse of Database Features
A lot of the time, hackers are able to gain easy access to the database through trusted credentials. This happens usually because of ordinary loopholes in the system. Once they are in, they begin running arbitrary code, or abusing/ exploiting certain features, thus creating problems for all database users.
6. Illegitimate use of Privileged Accounts
People who are within the organization are often able to get access to a privileged account. Instead of handling all the important powers and functions to one single user, it is important to create a segregation between accounts and distribute powers and roles.
The above mentioned security threats are very basic and the most commonly occurring. These are not the only threats you need to secure your systems from or we will end up with a corrupted accdb file in near future. However, these are the ones that might be a little more regular and hence need to be protected against by all means.
Vivian Stevens is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair SQL Server damage and excel recovery software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com