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Homeland Security says outsourcing increases risk of cyberattacks

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

The temptation to save money with foreign Oracle development and support has led many corporations to place themselves a great risk.  I've worked for several companies who have used offshoring for Oracle remote DBA and applications development, usually to clean-up the carnage:

  • One client has a rootkit that was e-mail all of their sensitive data to a foreign country.  They went out of business.
     
  • Another client used a cheap Canadian remote DBA provider, only to find out that they has lost all data protection remedies under USA privacy and security laws.  Many US firms are surprised to learn that the FBI may not help you if you employ foreign IT development and support, as it's outside their jurisdiction.
     
  • One client used the internet for remote foreign support and had their database hacked, causing a giant loss of productivity and data loss.  US law enforcement could not help, and US data security laws are not enforceable in many foreign countries.

There are many compelling reasons for keeping your data and applications under the domain of the USA and using US firms for your Oracle DBA and development services.

Offshoring and cyberattacks

Now we see a new study that suggests that globalization increases the risk of cyberattacks.  Congress is considering tax breaks for cybersecurity firms, and the National Coordinating Center
for Telecommunications is developing standards for safe networking within the USA. 

This Computerworld article titled "Offshore Outsourcing Poses Privacy Perils" notes just a few of the  perils of entrusting your Oracle database to citizens of foreign nations:

"Regulatory compliance can be especially difficult to manage offshore, privacy experts said.

Under California's SB 1386 law, for instance, companies are required to notify customers of any database breach that may have compromised their personal data, as soon as the breach is discovered.

With overseas vendors, it becomes a lot more difficult to know whether, and exactly when, a material breach may have occurred"

This article notes that the Department of Homeland Security suggests that outsourcing Oracle systems might spell disaster.  Greg Garcia, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications at the Department for Homeland Security notes:

"Make no mistake--our networks and systems are vulnerable and they are exposed," Garcia said. "Our adversaries are sophisticated, nimble and organized and they will stop at nothing to achieve their motives, which include economic gain, advantage, espionage, revenge and publicity."

To respond to the threat, Garcia called for broad collaboration among the good guys, a call often heard from the government.

In particular, businesses and organizations need to secure their networks and sign up for partnership efforts such as the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or IT-ISAC, Garcia said."

 
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