Security Skills Help DBAs Position Themselves for Bright Futures

The life of a database administrator is not exactly a stroll in the park. After all, being responsible for systems that are often mission critical presents challenges at many levels.

As if that isn’t enough for the DBAs to ponder, they also know that, sometimes, the databases under their watch are likely to hold some of their organizations’ most sensitive data, which if compromised, could have dire consequences not only for their jobs, but for the entire organization on which their friends, colleagues and families depend.

As organizations find themselves having to comply with contractual obligations such as PCI DSS and regulatory mandates such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, GLBA and more, the information security space has grown dramatically. More frequently, organizations are training and aligning technicians to have a specific focus on security, rather than treating security as secondary skill set. Where a solution architect or engineer brings strong skills in a particular technology, the security technician brings expertise in security. The security technician integrates with the systems architects and engineers as they develop solutions, providing valuable input during design decisions so that security is embedded within the solution where possible. Together, they develop state of the art, secure IT solutions. Or, at least that it is how it is supposed to work.

When it comes to databases, many security technicians do not necessarily have the understanding that they might have with other technologies. “This, many times, places an additional burden on the DBA,” said Frank Carter of…


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