Speaking at SQL Server Magazine Connections - Orlando Florida - April 20th to 23rd

It is that time of year again, no not Easter -- SQL  Server Magazine Connections April 20-23, 2008.  Now in its eight year, SQL Server Magazine Connections comes to the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, Florida.  Dive into the release of SQL Server 2008 with Microsoft architects and industry experts to keep your competitive edge.   In addition, interact with and learn from an all-star SQL Server lineup, train with Microsoft architects and top notch industry speakers and also network with your colleagues to build a valuable resource of peers.

This year, I will speaking about SDR204: Hardening a SQL Server 2008 Implementation.  The session will focus on the following: SQL Server is regularly targeted by hackers as it is a repository of sensitive data for organizations. If breached, hackers can gain access to confidential information, including credit card numbers, social security numbers, or marketing information. This presentation will cover topics pertaining to best practices on how to harden a SQL Server 2008 implementation. Some of the following security and hardening topics will be covered: using database encryption, using SQL Server configuration tools to minimize attack surface, which authentication method should be utilized, enforcing strong passwords, using SQL Server security logs, creating policies and linking them in Active Directory, verifying security with Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer, and installing Windows and SQL Server Service Packs.

It is not too late to register, therefore, view the link for registration and event information.  In addition, come to my session, introduce yourself and I will be giving away signed copies of my book SQL Server 2005 Management & Administration.

See you there -- Ross

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