16.10 - Best Practices for Creating Users - Teradata Database

Teradata Database Administration

Product
Teradata Database
Release Number
16.10
Release Date
April 2018
Content Type
Administration
Publication ID
B035-1093-161K
Language
English (United States)

While there is no single set of procedures that would best fit all the varieties of system configurations possible and meet all site requirements, consider the following suggestions for best practices in creating users.

  • Create separate users for the security administrator and database administrator.

    Establish a security administrator user to perform security-related tasks. The biggest threat to security is usually the misuse of information or privileges by authorized users. No one single user should have all the privileges for everything. Neither should an administrative user have access to something for which he does not need access.

  • Ensure that all users are uniquely identified. This means not allowing several users to log in to Teradata Database using the same username.

    Setting up users to be unique enables you to effectively monitor user activities and helps you identify the source of a security breach if there is one. By disallowing users to use a generic or shared username, each user is held accountable for his specific actions. In addition, unique users can be allowed to view or not view certain information that is protected by row-level security constraints. For more information, see Security Administration.

  • Consider the function of the user. Create administrative users under separate users/databases so that privileges can be granted from the owning user/database. For example, the HR database and Marketing database can have separate administrative users to manage privileges for their respective users.
  • For non-administrative users, if possible, assign the user to a role with the required privileges rather than granting privileges to the user directly. It is easier to use roles to manage privileges. Profiles should also be created for non-administrative users (see Creating User Profiles).
  • Limit the permanent and spool space of users and grant additional space if it becomes necessary. Limit spool space using a profile allows you to protect the system from runaway queries.