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Oracle Improves Cloud Security Offering

Oracle enhances cloud security offering

Oracle on Monday announced enhancements to its Identity-based Security Operations Center (SOC) cloud services, including improvements to machine learning, artificial intelligence and contextual awareness.

The Oracle Identity SOC offering includes several cloud services, including the Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Identity, Security and Monitoring Analytics, and Configuration and Compliance.

An improvement to the Oracle Identity Cloud Service is the addition of adaptive access capabilities, which aim to address the risks posed by compromised credentials by evaluating each login attempt and providing real-time risk analysis based on factors such as location, device and time of day.

The Oracle CASB Cloud Service can now detect abnormal and risky behavior using supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques. The product’s user behavior analytics engine establishes a historical baseline for each user and cloud service, and compares all activity with these baselines in order to identify potential threats.

In addition to native automated remediation capabilities, data from the CASB service can be fed to third-party ticketing and incident management systems.

Oracle also announced that its CASB Cloud Service now provides security monitoring and threat detection capabilities for the company’s other SaaS applications, including Human Capital Management (HCM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Customer Experience (CX) solutions.

The list of CASB-supported applications now also includes the Slack team communication and collaboration platform. Other supported apps are, Microsoft Office 365, Box, Google G-Suite, GitHub, Rackspace, AWS and ServiceNow.

The list of supported third-party security solutions, which until now included solutions from Fortinet, Sophos, Palo Alto Networks and Check Point, has also been expanded with the addition of a Blue Coat web gateway that provides visibility into cloud activity.

“We are making a large investment in providing comprehensive security solutions that can help enterprises adapt, manage and strengthen their security posture against external and internal risks,” said Oracle’s Peter Barker. “Our expertise in data science and machine learning enable Oracle to bring unique, scalable and dependable security services to customers transitioning workloads to the Oracle Cloud or third party clouds.”

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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.