Podcast: Security expert sizes up Oracle patch policies

Tim DiChiara, Editor and Mark Brunelli, News Editor sat down with "Oracle Security Handbook" author Aaron Newman at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. In this exclusive podcast interview, Newman talks about

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problems with Oracle's patching policies and how well those policies compare to those of IBM and Microsoft. Newman, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Application Security Inc., also talks about some typical security problems and misteps that seem to plague even the most experienced DBAs. Learn more about the current state of Oracle security by downloading this podcast today.

  Podcast: Security expert sizes up Oracle patch policies 

  Program highlights: 

  • (1:20) Is Oracle OpenWorld getting too big to be useful?

  • (2:27) Can you explain the methodology behind what you call post-attack analytics?

  • (3:50) You argue that improper use of Oracle security products can erase the trail of an attacker. Could you elaborate on that?

  • (4:56) What do you think about the overall state of Oracle security these days?

  • (6:33) Is patching vulnerabilities a problem for Oracle?

  • (7:17) How does Oracle stack up against Microsoft and IBM in the area of patching?

  • (8:20) What does your firm offer in terms of security that Oracle does not?

  • (9:55) Will Oracle's Fusion initiative be good or bad for Oracle security?

  • (11:11) What have you heard about the upcoming Oracle Database 11g?

  • (11:55) What are some of the pet peeves you have with Oracle DBAs when it comes to security?

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  • Spotlight on Oracle security: A new one stop shop for Oracle security information.

  • Mr. Know-IT-All's Oracle Security Challenge: Let's find out how much you really know about Oracle security.

  • Practical tips for deploying Oracle and open source: It's high time that companies started evaluating open source software in the same manner that they do proprietary offerings, according to speakers at Oracle OpenWorld.

  • Special Report: Oracle OpenWorld '06: Look no further for full coverage of OpenWorld, Oracle's biggest annual conference, including breaking news and updates on Oracle's database technology and applications products.

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