Ross Mistry speaking about SQL Server Security on June 10, 2008 @ Microsoft's San Francisco Office

For those of you in the local San Francisco Bay Area, I will be speaking about hardening a SQL Server 2008 Implementation at Microsoft's San Francisco Office. For more information on the session abstract and directions - read below!!! Thanks Ross San Francisco – Wednesday, June 11 - 6:30 p.m. Ross Mistry, Partner and Principal Consultant at Convergent Computing, will be talking about “Hardening a SQL Server 2008 Implementation” 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 secure and harden a SQL Server 2008 implementation when running on Windows Server 2008. Some of the following security and hardening topics will be covered; using database encryption, leveraging Policy-Based Management, implementing enhanced auditing techniques, 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. Location: Microsoft’s new San Francisco office, 835 Market Street, Suite 700. Please let me know if you need details on how to get to the new location. Speaker: Ross Mistry is a partner and principal consultant at Convergent Computing located in the San Francisco bay area. As a lead architect, Ross design and implements SQL Server, Active Directory and Exchange solution for fortune 500 organizations. He is a co-author on SQL Server 2005 Management & Administration and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed. Ross frequently speaks at international conferences around the world such as SQL Server PASS and Dev Connections. Ross is currently working on his latest title, SQL Server 2008 Management & Administration – Mastering the Database Engine, which is scheduled for release in fall of 2008. Time We’ll have pizza or sandwiches at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. We will have a drawing for door prizes, including copies of Ross Mistry’s most recent books, SQL Server 2005 Management & Administration, and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed. You must be present to win. RSVP Please RSVP to me via email, mark@designmind.com by noon on the day of the meeting. Please pass this email along to others who may want to join us. We look forward to seeing you. Cost Attendance is $10 for non-members, $5 for PASS members, and free for BAADD members. You can learn more about the Bay Area Association of Database Developers at www.baadd.org. For information about PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server), go to www.sqlpass.org. Mark Ginnebaugh Leader, SV and SF SQL Server User Groups President, DesignMind 1900 Powell Street, Suite 500 Emeryville, CA 94608 415-538-8484 voice 415-407-6166 mobile mark@designmind.com www.designmind.com

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