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The wrong solution to a major problem

Supply Chain Risk Management is the name of a big security problem in the business world. It is so important that there isn't a single security framework that doesn't include Supply Chain Risk Management in its agenda, guidance, and suggested controls. NIST has a set of resources on the topic, but it is not the only organization that is addressing this problem.

Disclaimer: Nothing below should be taken as a criticism of the services offered. Pointing out their flaws and inefficiencies does not mean they don't have any value.

Oracle Wallets for credential storage

If you're developing for the web (or something else) and you need to connect to an Oracle database, such as an Oracle Autonomous Database that comes for free with oracle cloud free tier, you may run to the typical problem of storing db connection credentials in configuration files and scripts. Nevertheless, Oracle has, since ages, a functionality called Oracle Wallet that can help you manage these connections more securely. Keep in mind that Oracle migrates away from Wallets, but my understanding is that this is a response to usability concerns, as the security standard is not maintained in the new set-up.

Vulnerability and Patch management

During the last 3 months I got more times than expected in discussions about patch and vulnerability management. I need to say, there is much misunderstanding going around about these two processes; so much that I could argue that several organizations are exposing themselves significantly, just because the touch points and (lack of) dependencies in these two processes are not clear.