Oracle switches to monthly patch as hackers target enterprise apps

Mohamed, Arif
August 2004
Computer Weekly;8/31/2004, p14
Trade Publication
This article reports that computer software developer Oracle Corp. is to issue monthly security patches for its Database, Application Server and Enterprise Manager products, as security experts report an increase in attacks on core enterprise applications. Industry experts said Oracle's change in policy highlighted a trend of hackers attacking key business applications. Nick Bleech, head of security management services at KPMG, said that the company is seeing much more emphasis on deliberate attacks on applications. IT security has focused on infrastructure such as e-mail and the Internet, rather than business processes. People should be reminded that it is the data that is at risk. Steve Knight, marketing manager at penetration testing firm ProCheckUp, said that many companies still fail to understand that the database server is often the core of the company data, and although they will house it in very secure and expensive datacentres, they often do not take the relatively simple steps required to protect it from external attack. Oracle was criticised by some users for moving slowly to patch security holes that were reported in January.


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