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25 Jun 2013
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Security Inside Out Newsletter [31583]
June Edition

Troy Kitch writes, "The latest edition of Security Inside Out newsletter is now available. If you don't get this bi-monthly security newsletter in your inbox, then subscribe to get the latest database security news. This bi-monthly edition includes:

  • Q&A: Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson on Meeting Tomorrow's Security Threats

  • Oracle Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson shares her thoughts on next-generation security threats. Read More

  • New Study: Increased Security Spending Still Not Protecting Right Assets

Despite widespread belief that database breaches represent the greatest security risk to their business, organizations continue to devote a far greater share of their security resources to network assets rather than database assets, according to a new report issued by CSO and sponsored by Oracle. Newsletter us here.
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04 Jun 2013
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A Summary of Identity Management R2 PS1 [31303]
Videos and PDFs.

If you have downloaded Identity Management R2 PS1 and are looking for a good summary of capabilities, the presentation below by Marc Boroditsky, Vice President of Product Management, provides a good preview.

For more information on getting started with Identity Management R2 PS1 click here for the documentation. You can learn more about Identity Management R2 PS1 from these resources:

  • Datasheet: Oracle Identity Governance
  • Access Governance Paper
  • Mobile and Social Access Management
  • Single Sign-on Paper
  • Oracle Identity Manager Paper
  • Datasheet: Oracle Identity Manager

Read on for videos and PDFs.
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31 May 2013
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Oracle Internet Directory 11g Benchmark on SPARC T5 [31189]
LDAP Search: 1,000 clients, 944,624 ops/second, 1.05 milliseconds latency

Giri Mandalika writes, "Oracle Internet Directory (OID) is an LDAP v3 Directory Server that has multi-threaded, multi-process, multi-instance process architecture with Oracle database as the directory store...

Five test scenarios were executed in this benchmark - each test scenario performing a different type of LDAP operation. The key metrics are throughput -- the number of operations completed per second, and latency -- the time it took in milliseconds to complete an operation..."

  • LDAP Search operation
  • LDAP Add operation
  • LDAP Compare operation
  • LDAP Modify operation
  • LDAP Authentication operation

Giri gives major credit for this benchmark goes to Ramaprakash Sathyanarayan.
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25 May 2013
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Unified Directory Goes Virtual: IdM R2 PS1 [31107]
Lower operating cost by consolidating directory silos

Naresh Persaud writes, "Oracle Unified Directory has set the bar for performance. Built ground up to provide elastic scale, Oracle Unified Directory (OUD) is inter-operable with all directories in the Oracle Directory Services Suite.

With the Patchset 1 release OUD now combines the capabilities of Oracle Virtual Directory. With a combined directory, organizations can lower operating cost by consolidating directory silos using a single directory server. Instead of having multiple infrastructures and separate administrators, a unified solution can provide better administrative ratios and economies of scale..."
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10 May 2013
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Secure Access for 75,000 IT System Users at UPMC [30911]
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Committed to developing and delivering life-changing medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is a US$10 billion, integrated, global health enterprise and one of the leading health systems in the United States. UPMC operates more than 20 academic, community, and specialty hospitals and 400 outpatient sites; employs more than 3,200 physicians; and offers an array of rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term care facilities. It is also Pennsylvania's largest employer and the first nonprofit health system to fully adopt Sarbanes-Oxley standards.

A recognized innovator in information technology, UPMC has deployed an electronic health record across its hospitals and has implemented a semantic interoperability solution to unify information from multiple systems...
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10 May 2013
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CSO Online Study: Threats are Outside, Risks are Inside [30917]
Oracle recently worked with CSO Online to study the economics of security

Oracle recently worked with CSO Online to study the economics of security. Despite the the increasing IT spend on security, many organizations don't feel any safer. According to the study, organizations allocate up to 67% of their IT security spend protecting network resources. However, the biggest risk in many organizations is weak governance controls on user access and application security. According to the latest Verizon Data Breach Report 2013 , 76% of attacks utilize lost or stolen credentials as a means of entry or propagating the attack.

According to the survey, 40% believed that implementing fragmented point solutions created gaps in their security and resulted in vulnerability. Fragmentation creates latency in security processes and latency introduces risk. According to a similar study by Aberdeen Research, organizations that take an integrated platform approach had 35% fewer audit deficiencies and were more responsive.

The findings underscore the relevance of Oracle's "security inside-out" approach which means focusing attention on the organization's most strategic assets which include applications, databases, systems, and users.
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