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Oracle Announces Availability of Cloud Guard, Maximum Security Zones

Oracle on Monday announced the general availability of its Cloud Guard and Maximum Security Zones cloud security tools. Cloud Guard and Maximum Securi

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Oracle on Monday announced the general availability of its Cloud Guard and Maximum Security Zones cloud security tools.

Cloud Guard and Maximum Security Zones were some of the new security services univeled by Oracle in September 2019. Offered to Oracle Cloud customers at no extra cost, they help automate threat response and reduce risk.

Oracle Cloud Guard, now available in all commercial regions, is designed to continuously monitor activities and configurations in an effort to identify and address potential threats. The tool directly integrates with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services and it relies on three components: targets, which define which resources should be examined; detectors, which identify issues and alert users; and responders, which automatically take action when a problem is detected (e.g. suspend users, stop instances).

Oracle Maximum Security Zones is designed to help organizations deploy cloud workloads securely and prevent misconfiguration errors by enforcing security best practices. According to Oracle, the service “extends IaaS access management to restrict insecure actions or configurations using a new policy definition that applies to designated cloud compartments.”

Maximum Security Zones includes policies for infrastructure services such as Networking, Object Storage, File Storage, Encryption and DBaaS.

One of the companies that has been using Oracle Cloud Guard is consulting giant Accenture.

“Accelerating the path to value is our key focus area, and Oracle technology and Oracle Cloud is a key factor to deliver on that. We were immediately impressed with Oracle Cloud Guard – the set-up, ease of use, and immediate results about potential misconfigurations,” said Chris Pasternak, managing director at Accenture. “We appreciate the fact that this capability is available at no cost above the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure investment. It further solidifies the conversations I have with my clients about how Oracle builds Oracle Cloud with security in mind first; Oracle Cloud Guard is a great example of how Oracle continues that heritage.”

Natural ingredients maker Darling Ingredients has also tested Cloud Guard, as well as Maximum Security Zones.

“We recently turned on Oracle Cloud Guard, and we’ve been looking at Oracle Maximum Security Zones to see how we’re doing as we deploy the Oracle E-Business Suite production instance into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure,” said Tom Morgan, threat intelligence lead, Cyber Security Group, Darling Ingredients. “What I like about Oracle Cloud Guard is the fact that it is continuously running and available to a wider group of people, which provides a continuous improvement process in our security posture. It’s also included with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, which is a really good value.”

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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