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Database as a Service

Database-as-a-service (DBaaS) is a type of cloud computing service that enables users to work with a managed database without purchasing or configuring infrastructure. DBaaS subscriptions include the necessary components for operating a database in the cloud –  physical resources as well as scaling, support, and maintenance. All of these components are provided and managed by the DBaaS provider.

This lack of control and visibility over the underlying infrastructure also creates security challenges. Since the database server is managed by an external vendor, security teams can’t use the same toolset that is applied to on-premises deployments, such as monitoring agents. This makes real-time threat detection difficult, and can be addressed by technologies such as Data Detection and Response (DDR).