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Sujith Kumar has over 25 years of professional experience in the IT industry. Sujith has been extensively involved in designing and delivering innovative solutions for the Fortune 500 companies in the United States and across the globe for disaster recovery and high availability preparedness initiatives.  Recently after leaving Quest Software/Dell after 19 years of service he was working at Cirro, Inc. focusing on database management and security. His main focus and area of interest is anything data related. Sujith has a Master of Science in engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from Bangalore University and has published several articles in referred journals and delivered presentations at several events.

PROTIP – How to Purge Data in StealthAUDIT

If you have been using StealthAUDIT for your data access governance (DAG) and compliance needs, then you have likely come across situations where you would like to purge data pertaining to a specific host being monitored. In addition, when you upgrade to a newer release of StealthAUDIT, there might be a need to drop all […]

Leveraging OpenSSH to Move Files in Windows Server 2019

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Having worked with Unix and Linux servers for a long time, one feature that I came to appreciate is the Secure Shell (SSH) daemon.  The SSH server daemon allows users to securely connect to Linux and Unix servers using an SSH client.  Those of you who work with Linux and Unix servers are quite familiar […]

Best Practices – Setting up StealthAUDIT SQL Server Database

If you decided to implement StealthAUDIT to meet your data access governance and security needs, then you made the right decision.  StealthAUDIT core requires a SQL Server database to store the audited data, configuration settings, and certain historic data.  In this blog, I will review some of the best practices when it comes to setting […]

Installing SQL Server 2019 on Centos 8

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Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server 2019 at Ignite 2019 with some exciting new features including Scalar UDF inlining, always-on connection, and Linux support. In my previous blog, I walked through the steps of integrating a Linux host running on CentOS 8 into a Windows Active Directory (AD) domain configured on Windows 2012 R2 […]

PostgreSQL Server Security Primer

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PostgreSQL or simply referred to as Postgres has had a very colorful history.  It began in 1986 as a POSTGRES project led by Professor Michael Stonebraker, which was sponsored by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Army Research Office (ARO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and ESL, Inc.   Postgres95 was released in 1994 for […]

Understanding Effective Access in SQL Server

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Microsoft SQL Server is the third most popular Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) as of September 2020 according to DB-Engines ranking.  It is also the most confusing RDBMS when it comes to database security compared to other popular RDBMS systems, such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, etc.  Having worked with Oracle for a very long time, I […]

Adding a Linux Host to an Active Directory Domain

The Linux operating system has come a long way since 1991 when it was first introduced by Linux Torvalds as a free operating system.  Today, some form of Linux is used in devices ranging from high-end servers to IoT devices. More often than not, common database platforms such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MongoDB, are […]

ProTip: How to Setup User Activity & Server Logon Scan in StealthAUDIT for Oracle

Now that you have been using StealthAUDIT for Oracle for a while, you might be wondering how to squeeze more value out of the product by enhancing the information it is collecting and reporting on.  StealthAUDIT for Oracle relies on the Oracle Traditional Auditing or Unified Auditing capabilities to collect and report on user activity, as well as successful or unsuccessful […]

What is Data Lifecycle Management?

Data Lifecycle Management Definition Data Lifecycle Management (DLM) can be defined as the different stages that the data traverses throughout its life from the time of inception to destruction. Data lifecycle stages encompass creation, utilization, sharing, storage, and deletion.  Each stage of the data life cycle is controlled through a different set of policies that control data protection, resiliency, and regulatory compliance. Companies rely on different types of […]

Windows Remote WMI Security Primer for the Faint-Hearted

StealthAUDIT, a best in its class Data Access Governance (DAG) tool utilizes Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) extensively to gather various pieces of information from the targeted Windows servers.  While local WMI querying is straightforward to implement and troubleshoot, remote WMI querying is another story.  Setting up remote WMI query security is a pretty daunting task if you […]

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