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Re: SYSADM and Security
From: Allan Williams <allan.williams () ANU EDU AU>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 10:42:58 +1100

        We have a similar situation but have tried to mitigate the risk
though the separation of duties.  We have a syadmin and a DBA team
each responsible for agreed specific tasks.  Getting them to work
together and respect the virtual boundaries took a little work as the
desired expertise for some tasks lay with the other group.  It's not
perfect and still relies on a level of trust but seems to work.


On 04/01/2007, at 7:48 AM, Mark Staples wrote:

I've been wondering what other institutions are doing about system
accounts (i.e. sysadm with PeopleSoft) that have full
administrative access and can be used by any DBA, which then
impacts effective monitoring and accountability.

I'm being told that there is no way around the regular use of these
type of accounts and I need to accept the risk and trust our DBAs.
While I "believe" what I'm being told, I'd like to find out what
other institutions are doing to address the use of system accounts.



Mark Staples
Director of Information Security/Chief Information Security Officer
IT Research Liaison
Medical College of Georgia
Office: 706-721-1577
FAX: 706-721-7296
mstaples () mcg edu


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