The database is a storage system—it organizes and catalogues information about a website. While databases aren’t just for websites, most websites run off of one or more databases. Since the database is necessary for any company website (or program) to run smoothly, careful measures must be taken to increase security and promote virus inoculation.
According to the Journal of Information Technology Education, there is a growing concern over database security, and a growing number of incidents of security breaches. Developers can take careful steps to avoid breaches to their database.
How Can I Increase Database Security?
It is considered a best practice for website developers to “sanitize the data” before inserting it into the database, as well as when they retrieve it. There are a number of potential security risks for any database, including misuse by unauthorized users, malware, and design flaws.
Hosts provide built-in database management systems. If you do not own your own servers and you go with a host, the host will take care of most of the database security. You will, however, have to sanitize all data yourself. The host will merely secure the database server. If you do not use a host, and instead are using your own server, then you have to choose and install your own database management systems (DBMS) and construct your own security configurations.