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Databases – Infrastructure – Security

Brian Kelley is an author, columnist, and Microsoft SQL Server MVP focusing primarily on SQL Server security. He is a contributing author for How to Cheat at Securing SQL Server 2005 (Syngress), Professional SQL Server 2008 Administration (Wrox), and Introduction to SQL Server (Texas Publishing). Brian currently serves as an infrastructure and security architect. He has also served as a senior Microsoft SQL Server DBA, database architect, developer, and incident response team lead.

FUD Makes Security Harder

The US government’s illogical screeds against better personal encryption for data and communications is well documented. Then comes this reported communication:

Department of Justice: iPhone encryption will lead to the death of a child

I’m hoping the quote given in the article is completely out of context. However, previous statements,… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 20 November 2014

More on that Cyberwar

As a follow-up to my post on being at war, cyberwar:

State Department Hacked

If the experts are correct, this trend is only going to continue. Reading the article and others on the same situation, they all note that the unclassified email had been hacked, but not classified. That’s… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 18 November 2014

We’re at War – Cyberwar

In case you’ve not been following the news with regards to *government* breaches:

All three of these news articles released within the past few weeks. The reality is that our networks… Read more

1 comments, 220 reads

Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 13 November 2014

Speaking at SQL Saturday #354 – Charleston, SC

If you’re looking to warm up for the winter, come on down to Charleston, SC, on December 13, 2014. Charleston will be hosting its second SQL Saturday. Why Charleston?

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 12 November 2014

Generalists vs. Specialists

I’ve stated quite often that being a generalist has generally been beneficial for my IT career (pun intended). That’s why I developed the professional development presentation, The Swiss Army Knife of DB Pros. It is also why I continue to bounce back and forth between technology areas rather than… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 6 November 2014

Consolidating Email Accounts

I am consolidating my professional email accounts into one place. If you’ve previously contacted me using my linchpinpeople.com or either of my sqlpass.org email accounts, please use this instead:

kbriankelley

{at}

acm

{dot}

org

I have been slow to respond at times to the other accounts, because I don’t check… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 21 October 2014

SQL Server Security Benchmarks

If you’re not familiar with the Center for Internet Security, here’s the organization’s mission statement:

The Mission of the Center for Internet Security is to enhance the security readiness and response of public private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration.

CIS produces consensus-based, best practice secure…

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 20 October 2014

#TSQL2sday #59 – My Heroes

Here is my list of heroes for #TSQL2sday. None of them are directly tied to technology, much less SQL Server. However, all of them have made a deep impact on my life. I am where I am today because of these nine.

1. James Tiberius Kirk

I start my… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 14 October 2014

Slides and Code for SSIG Talk

Thank you for those who made it out to the SQL Server Innovators Guild last night in Greenville, SC. I hope you enjoyed the talk and that it’ll create conversations about how we better secure the ETL pipeline. With attacks against data becoming more and more prevalent, I only see… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 8 October 2014

Carolina Technology Conference: Presentation Materials

For those able to attend my session at this year’s Carolina Technology Conference, thank you! As promised, here are the slides, sample code, and audit scripts from my presentation on What You Absolutely Must Know about SQL Server Security:

ZIP file: What You Absolutely Must Know about SQL Server… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 6 October 2014

The Fallacy of Internal Access Only

In the wake of Shell Shock, I’ve seen some vendor advisories indicate that while their product is vulnerable, it’s only through the management interface but everything is okay because if best practices have been followed, the management interface isn’t/hasn’t been exposed to the Internet.

No, everything is not okay.… Read more

2 comments, 6,008 reads

Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 30 September 2014

Four Things PASS gets Right

PASS has taken a lot of heat recently. A few folks have pointed out that you only seem to hear when people are upset at PASS at something. So here’s my take on what PASS has done correctly.

The Summit

The Summit is a premier conference for SQL Server professionals.… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 24 September 2014

[Off-Topic] Beating Childhood Cancer

Note: I feel this post is important enough to post across all my blogs.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month here in the USA. Here are some statistics:

  • In 2014, an estimated 15, 780 children (ages 0-19) will be diagnosed with cancer in the USA.
  • In 2014, an estimated…

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 9 September 2014

Audit Webinar Tomorrow (4 September 2014)

I will be given a webinar on how to audit SQL Server through MSSQLTips.com.

Webinar Registration Link

The abstract:

Don’t become a statistic. With the numerous data breaches and internal data theft, securing your SQL Server environment can help keep your company out of the news. Unfortunately, a… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 3 September 2014

4 Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier as a DBA

I was tagged by Mike Walsh (blog | twitter) in his post 4 Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier As a DBA.

I Don’t Have to Do It Alone

I’ve always worked hard in my IT career to be knowledgeable in my field. I don’t like not… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 28 August 2014

Continuous Integration/Delivery without Testing!

Anything we can do to automate our builds and deployment should be considered. After all, the point isn’t just to write code, but to deploy working code. So what if we did the automated builds and deployed them to development or QA? No errors, so I’m good, right?

Not so… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 25 August 2014

Still a Need for a SQL Server Specific Organization

If you haven’t already, please read Denise McInerney’s post about why PASS no longer stands for the Professional Association for SQL Server.

The Growth of an Organization

If you’ve been involved with PASS lately, you’ve probably seen this change coming. When I read the post, I wasn’t surprised. PASS… Read more

2 comments, 172 reads

Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 20 August 2014

Guest Post on SQL Authority – Default Trace & Deleted Databases

I had the opportunity to write another guest post at SQL Authority:

Finding Out What Changed in a Deleted Database

This one covers how to determine who made changes in a database that has been deleted. This isn’t a situation where you can use the schema changes history report… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 14 August 2014

One of Those Must Read Books – The Cuckoo’s Egg

I was reading a book about network security monitoring and it mentioned The Cuckoo’s Egg by Cliff Stoll. Stoll’s book has been around for a long time, and it’s considered a classic book with regards to information security. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the story of a gentleman… Read more

1 comments, 150 reads

Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 13 August 2014

Guest Editorial Live on SSC

My guest editorial is live on SQLServerCentral.com. My argument is a simple one: we don’t care about data and IT security. I don’t just mean IT folks. I mean most everybody. I include myself in this characterization. I know a few exceptions, but they are truly exceptions.

In the… Read more

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Posted in Databases – Infrastructure – Security on 11 August 2014

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