Among the important topics occupying the time and investment decisions of tech professionals, compliance and security are arguably two of the most wide-ranging and consistently challenging. Under conventional circumstances, the pressure to adhere to regulatory guidelines, maintain data integrity and minimise risk is always front of mind. In the last 12 months, however, the emphasis has shifted, risks have increased and scrutiny is intense.

If that wasn’t enough to contend with, the huge momentum behind strategic and remedial Digital Transformation projects has brought database security and compliance to a level not witnessed before. As Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, revealed last year: "We’ve seen two years’ worth of Digital Transformation in two months". Technology professionals are used to innovation and change, but recent experiences have been on a different level entirely.

Indeed, the pandemic has added significant additional pressure and risk around database security in particular. The overnight jump in remote working, for example, not only means far more security is required in general, but in the rush to set up access at scale, it’s likely that some organisations will have granted elevated privileges when they are not needed. It’s somewhat ironic that in the rush to set up more remote access points, cybercriminals now have broader access to corporate networks. Exacerbating the risks, a general and underlying sense of anxiety among many has increased the possibility that individuals may fall victim to threats such as phishing emails.

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