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Pete Finnigan's Oracle Security Weblog

This is the weblog for Pete Finnigan. Pete works in the area of Oracle security and he specialises in auditing Oracle databases for security issues. This weblog is aimed squarely at those interested in the security of their Oracle databases.

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Make Pete Finnigan a remote expert part of your team

Over the last few years I have personally been asked many times to come and work full time in large companies to head up or direct their Oracle security efforts or more general database security efforts. Others ask us to come and work on a contract basis on specific work packages. I have always accepted work packages where we have the capacity and where it is Oracle security specific but I have always turned down job offers in large companies. I run Limited and we have many customers and we sell Oracle Security training and 5 software products that we have developed as well as providing consultancy and services to customers.

So, when someone/company really wanted me to be part of their team to consult or guide or design at a high level specifically in the area of Oracle security I needed to say yes in some way to some of them. So over the last few years I have done that. The way this works is that a customer can have me as part of their team on a call off basis. I charge a fixed rate per hour and the customer can call on me to provide consultancy, represent them at meetings, be in internal meetings and more. Some of the areas we have covered over the last few years are SSL for the database, audit trail designs, Database Vault design and implementation, kerberos authentication to the database, encryption, TDE, Oracle key vault and more. I am able to provide expert consultancy on a short term call off basis

This works by agreeing in advance I am not a full time 8 hours a day employee but I am part of the customers team on a full time basis but not working full time. We charge a fixed rate per hour and the customer agree small term pieces of work, or calls to be part of or... I charge down to 5 minutes so if you need me for 15 minutes that is fine, I charge 1/4 of the hourly rate for that 15 minutes.

This works when the amount of time for me is not excessive but the customer has access to me all of the time to ask questions or be involved. This has worked as a sort of secret service in that I don't advertise it up to now. I wanted to be sure this works well for more than one customer at a time and it does and I can still work and run the business at the same time.

The customer gets me in his team and is able to request time and advice at any time but I also can service multiple clients and other work.

If you would like to have me as part of your team as an expert in securing data in Oracle just ask. Send me an email at pete at petefinnigan dot com or send me a DM on social media. We have limited space but ask anyway and we can discuss the details.