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Why Oracle is buying Secerno

Secerno’s impending acquisition by Oracle is, says Imperva’s CTO Amichai Shulman, “yet another validation for the DAM market opportunity.”

Amichai Shulman, CTO, Imperva

Following Guardium’s acquisition by IBM last year, this acquisition again validates the database security market. There is a growing need for DAM and DBF solutions which Oracle could no longer ignore. The Secerno acquisition is a direct response to increased customer demand.

One of the drivers for this, that will only increase over the next few years, is the move from the computer room to the cloud. Think of it conceptually. Our traditional security uses a condom for protection: it’s a barrier to keep the little swimmy things out of the computer womb. But if the barrier is breached, then the attackers can get through and y0u’r3 scr3w3d. In the past we haven’t bothered protecting the data, only the way into the room that contains the data.

Now think of a cloud. Where is the room? It’s the entire cloud. But there are bad guys already roaming freely through that room. So the emphasis has got to be a switch from defending the route to the data to one of protecting the data itself.

But back to Oracle/Secerno.

Oracle needed this technology. Oracle database security solutions lack the ability to provide real-time alerts and blocking of database security events. The added profiling technology will allow customers to get better notifications about abnormal activity.

Now we need to wait and see how Oracle plans to utilize and integrate this technology. The potential is there and so is the market need. But additional investment will be required to bring this solution to where it should be.
Amichai Shulman, CTO, Imperva


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