Audit Guide

Audit Guide

The data auditing capability enables real-time database activity monitoring and logging the information about queries reaching the database, such as database content modification, extraction or deletion. DataSunrise provides real-time tracking of database user actions, also monitors changes in database configuration and system settings.

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The audit logs are stored in the DataSunrise-integrated SQLite database or in an external database. Logged data helps to comply with requirements of regulatory standards such as SOX, HIPAA, PCI DSS, and other regulators and acts.

Data Audit function is available in Sniffer mode and in Proxy mode. You can create new Data Audit Rules or edit existing ones in the Data Audit section. Rules can be set to audit transaction on a certain database or from certain database users, IP addresses and client applications.

In this article, we demonstrate how to configure DataSunrise to audit all queries directed to the target database.

Creating an Audit Rule

Let’s assume that you’ve already created the target database profile. Then to audit our test database, it is necessary to create and configure an Audit Rule. In this case, the sequence of actions is the following:

  1. Navigate to Audit → Rules. Then click Add Rule to create a new Audit Rule.
  2. Configure your Audit Rule to log all queries to the database (see notes below).
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In the Main section subsection, the target database information is specified. It includes database type (PostgreSQL), database instance (as the target database entry is named in the Configurations) and the Rule’s logical name.

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By default, the “Audit” action is selected. It means that DataSunrise will audit user queries when the rule is triggered. To log database responses (the output), the Log Data checkbox is checked.

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Since the current scenario requires all user queries to be audited, Filter Sessions are left as by default. Thus, any query to the database regardless of its source IP address will trigger the rule.

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Filter Statements settings are as by default as well. Thus, DataSunrise will audit all queries directed to all database objects.

Viewing Database Audit Results

This stage includes demonstration of auditing results. The Audit Rule which was created at the previous stage is configured to be triggered by any incoming user query. Here’s what happens when DataSunrise receives a user query.

  1. Let’s send the following query via PGAdmin:
  2. SELECT * FROM public.customers;

  3. The database outputs the table contents:
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  5. Now let’s check the auditing results in the DataSunrise’s Web Console. Navigate to the Data Audit → Transactional Trails subsection.
  6. To view detailed information about some event, click event’s ID. In a new tab, the event’s details will be displayed: code of the query, basic information, session information, database objects involved in the query and the query results.
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