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NoSQL Database Security

Data breaches are a serious concern for any enterprise, especially as the frequency and severity of security breaches are increasing. In fact, some researchers on the matter believe that attacks will increase nearly 50% year over year. Securing your database, then, should be a top priority in database administration.

NoSQL databases have grown in popularity recently for addressing the limitations of relational databases in meeting modern application requirements. But these databases have their own unique security considerations as many enterprises opt to run NoSQL deployments in the cloud.

MongoDB, the leading NoSQL database according to monthly DB-Engines rankings, offers Enterprise Server, the commercial version of MongoDB with advanced security features. The Enterprise version meets strict security and compliance standards with Kerberos and LDAP authentication, Red Hat Identity Management Certification, and auditing.

With these advanced security features, you can defend, detect, and control access to your data. MongoDB’s comprehensive security framework features:

  • Authentication with integration with external security mechanisms including LDAP, Windows Active Directory, Kerberos and x.509 PKI certificates.

  • Authorization. User-defined roles means you can configure granular permissions for a user or application, based on the privileges they need to do their job.

  • Auditing. A native audit log lets you track access and operations performed on the database which works for regulatory compliance.

  • Encryption. MongoDB data can be encrypted on the network and on disk. Protection of data at-rest is an integral feature within the database thanks to the introduction of MongoDB’s Encrypted storage engine.

As you evaluate different NoSQL database systems, you should give particular attention to the database’s security architecture. How it handles data security has serious implications on your business. To find out more about how MongoDB defends against data breaches, download our security white paper today.

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