What’s New for Oracle Data Safe

As soon as new and changed features become available, Oracle Data Safe is upgraded in the data centers where Oracle Cloud services are hosted. You don’t need to request an upgrade to be able to use the new features—they come to you automatically. Here’s an overview of new features and enhancements added recently to improve your Oracle Data Safe experience.

Date published: December 14, 2020

December 2020

Feature Description
Support for Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Oracle Data Safe now supports Oracle Database 11.2.0.4. See Supported Target Databases.
Support for on-premises Oracle Database via an on-premises connector With the Oracle Data Safe on-premises connector, you can now easily register an on-premises Oracle Database without needing FastConnect or VPN Connect. See Register On-Premises Oracle Databases by Using an Oracle Data Safe On-Premises Connector.
Free trial support You can now enable and try out Oracle Data Safe with a free trial in Oracle cloud. See Try Oracle Data Safe for Free.
New Data Safe Activity report Activity Auditing has a new report called Data Safe Activity that shows you the activity generated by the Oracle Data Safe service. See Activity Auditing Reports.
Oracle Data Safe is rolled out in Chili Central (Santiago) Oracle Data Safe is now available in the Chili Central (Santiago) region. See Add Oracle Data Safe's NAT Gateway IP Address to Your VCN Security List.

November 2020

Feature Description
Support for Oracle Autonomous JSON Database Oracle Data Safe now supports Oracle Autonomous JSON Database. Note that the Data Discovery and Data Masking features are not supported for JSON type columns. See Supported Target Databases.

October 2020

Feature Description
Migration from resource groups to compartments in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure To transition to compartments, you are prompted to perform a one-time migration when you access the Oracle Data Safe Console. During migration, you map your resource groups to compartments in your tenancy. See Migrate Resource Groups to Compartments.
Oracle Data Safe is rolled out in the UK West (Cardiff), UAE East (Dubai), and South Korea North (Chuncheon) regions. Oracle Data Safe is now available in the UK West (Cardiff), UAE East (Dubai), and South Korea North (Chuncheon) regions. See Add Oracle Data Safe's NAT Gateway IP Address to Your VCN Security List.

August 2020

Feature Description

Support for Oracle Databases on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute instances

By using an Oracle Data Safe private endpoint, you can register an Oracle database on an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute instance with Oracle Data Safe. See Register Oracle Databases on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Instances for more information.

Support for on-premises Oracle Database via a private endpoint

By using an Oracle Data Safe private endpoint, you can register an on-premises Oracle database with Oracle Data Safe.

See Register On-Premises Oracle Databases by Using an Oracle Data Safe Private Endpoint for more information.

Support for Autonomous Database on Shared Exadata Infrastructure with private VCN access By using an Oracle Data Safe private endpoint, you can register with Oracle Data Safe an Autonomous Database on Shared Exadata Infrastructure with private VCN access. See Register Autonomous Databases on Shared Exadata Infrastructure with Private VCN Access for more information.
Support for on-premises Oracle databases via on-premises connector (Limited Availability) By using an on-premises connector, you can register with Oracle Data Safe on-premises Oracle databases (Limited Availability). See My Oracle Support for more information.
Initial audit data load The initial audit data load feature in Activity Auditing informs you of the number of audit records that Oracle Data Safe will retreive when you start an audit trail for a target database. See Add Audit Trails and Create Activity Auditing Jobs.

July 2020

Feature Description
Oracle Data Safe now supports Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure Oracle Data Safe's private endpoint feature enables you to register an Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure with Oracle Data Safe. See Register Autonomous Databases on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure.

June 2020

Feature Description
You can schedule recurring Security Assessment jobs You can schedule recurring security assessment jobs for one or more target databases in Oracle Data Safe. The schedule can be daily, weekly, or monthly. See Schedule Recurring Security Assessment Jobs.
Oracle Data Safe is rolled out in India Central (Hyderabad) Oracle Data Safe is now available in the India Central (Hyderabad) region. See Add Oracle Data Safe's NAT Gateway IP Address to Your VCN Security List.

April 2020

Feature Description
Oracle Data Safe now supports Oracle Cloud databases with private IP addresses. The new private endpoint feature in Oracle Data Safe allows you to connect your Oracle Cloud databases with private IP addresses to Oracle Data Safe. This includes ExaCS, DBCS on Virtual Machine and DBCS on Bare Metal. See Register DB Systems that have Private IP Addresses.
The User Defined Functions masking format is now available with Group Masking. Group masking enables you to mask related columns together as a group, ensuring that the masked data across the related columns retain the same relationship. In addition to the Shuffle, Deterministic Substitution, and Random Substitution masking formats, you can now also use the User Defined Function masking format for group masking. See Group Masking and Create Data Masking Jobs.
Comparison Reports are now available in Security Assessment. Security Assessment lets you generate a Comparison Report that shows the changes on your target database between two Security Assessment reports. You can view details about database changes and risk level changes. See Comparison Reports, Baseline Reports, and Compare Comprehensive Assessment Reports.
Auto purge is no longer enabled by default. The auto purge feature in Activity Auditing lets you purge audit records from your target databases on a regularly scheduled basis. This feature is no longer enabled by default. See Audit Data Retention and Auto Purge.
Additional alert policies are added to Activity Auditing. In addition to the five predefined alert policies available in Activity Auditing, you now have two more alert policies that you can enabled: Profile Changes and Database Schema Changes. See Alerts and Alert Policies.
The Deterministic Encryption basic masking format is enhanced. Regular expression is now an optional input for the Deterministic Encryption masking format for ASCII characters data-set. The Date data type is now supported. See Deterministic Encryption.

March 2020

Feature Description
Service limits for Oracle Data Safe are now specified in the Using Oracle Data Safe guide. Oracle Data Safe has usage and service activation limits. See Service Limits.

February 2020

Feature Description
Oracle Data Safe is rolled out in Amsterdam, Jeddah, Osaka, and Melbourne. Oracle Data Safe is now available in the Netherlands Northwest (Amsterdam), Saudi Arabia West (Jeddah), Japan Central (Osaka), and Australia Southeast (Melbourne) regions. See Add Oracle Data Safe's NAT Gateway IP Address to Your VCN Security List.
Group masking is now available in Data Masking. Group masking enables you to mask related columns together as a group, ensuring that the masked data across the related columns retain the same relationship. See Group Masking.

January 2020

Feature Description
Support for federated users in IAM A federated user in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management (IAM) can now enable and use Oracle Data Safe. For more information, see Federated Users and Groups.

November 2019

Feature Description
Simplified registration for Autonomous Databases You can now easily register an Autonomous Database from its console in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. For more information, see Register Autonomous Databases that have Public IP Addresses.

September 2019

Feature Description
Oracle Data Safe is now available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Oracle Data Safe lets you assess database security configurations and database users, audit user activity, as well as discover and mask sensitive data in your Oracle Cloud databases. With Oracle Data Safe, you can protect sensitive and regulated data in those databases. For more information, see Using Oracle Data Safe.

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