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Securing SQL Server: Protecting Your Database from Attackers provides readers with the necessary tools and techniques to help maintain the security of databases within their environment. It begins with a discussion of network security issues, including public versus private IP addresses; accessing an SQL server from home; physical security; and testing network security. The remaining chapters cover database encryption; SQL password security; SQL injection attacks; database backup security; security auditing; and server rights. The Appendix features checklists that database administrators can use to pass external audits.
- Named a 2011 Systems Administration Book by InfoSec Reviews
- Author Denny Cherry is an MVP by Microsoft for his expertise in the SQL Server product
- Learn expert techniques to protect your SQL database environment
- Discover how to identify what an intruder accessed or damaged
Systems Administrators, Database Administrators, Application Developers, IT Managers
Chapter 1 Securing the Network
Securing the Network
Public IP Addresses versus Private IP Addresses
Accessing SQL Server from Home
Finding the Instances
Testing the Network Security
Chapter 2 Database Encryption
Encrypting Data within Tables
Encrypting Data at Rest
Encrypting Data on the Wire
Encrypting Data with MPIO Drivers
Encrypting Data via HBAs
Chapter 3 SQL Password Security
SQL Server Password Security
Encrypting Client Connection Strings
Using Windows Domain Policies to Enforce Password Length
Chapter 4 Securing the Instance
What to Install, and When?
SQL Authentication and Windows Authentication
Password Change Policies
Auditing Failed Logins
Renaming the SA Account
Disabling the SA Account
Stored Procedures as a Security Measure
Minimum Permissions Possible
Using Policies to Secure Your Instance
SQL Azure Specific Settings
Instances That Leave the Office
Chapter 5 Additional Security for an Internet Facing SQL Server and Application
Extended Stored Procedures
Protecting Your Connection Strings
Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile
User Access Control (UAC)
Other Domain Policies to Adjust
Chapter 6 SQL Injection Attacks
What Is an SQL Injection Attack?
Why Are SQL Injection Attacks So Successful?
How to Protect Yourself from an SQL Injection Attack
Cleaning Up the Database After an SQL Injection Attack
Chapter 7 Database Backup Security
Media Set and Backup Set Passwords
Transparent Data Encryption
Compression and Encryption
Chapter 8 Auditing for Security
Data Modification Auditing
Data Querying Auditing
Schema Change Auditing
Using Policy-Based Management to Ensure Policy Compliance
Common Criteria Compliance
Chapter 9 Server Rights
OS Rights Needed by the SQL Server Service
OS Rights Needed by the DBA
OS Rights Needed to Install Service Packs
OS Rights Needed to Access SSIS Remotely
Console Apps Must Die
Default Sysadmin Rights
Vendor’s and the Sysadmin Fixed-Server Role
Appendix A: External Audit Checklists
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- © Syngress 2011
- 31st January 2011
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Denny Cherry (MCSA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCM) has been working with Microsoft technology for over 15 years starting with Windows 3.51 and SQL Server 6.5. In 2009, Denny was named as a Microsoft MVP for the Microsoft SQL Server product, and in 2011 Denny earned the Microsoft Certified Master certification for SQL Server 2008. Denny has written dozens of articles for a variety of websites as well as print magazines on a variety of subjects including SQL Server, Clustering, Storage Configuration, and SharePoint.
(MCSA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCM) has been working with Microsoft technology for over 15 years starting with Windows 3.51 and SQL Server 6.5.
Best Systems Administration Books 2011, InfoSec Reviews
"Denny Cherry is what would happen if Bill Gates and AC/DC got together to create a sibling. He’s a bare-knuckles, no holds-barred technologist, and you can bet that if he tells you that something does or doesn’t work, he’s speaking from experience. Active in the community, his passion is sharing. You’ll enjoy this book."
-Buck Woody, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft
"Securing SQL Server is a must read for any architect or database administrator wanting to secure their SQL Servers. Given the sensitive data that SQL Servers could hold, it is vital that one understands the potential attacks and how to protect yourself from them. This is the book to help you understand."
-InfoSecReviews Book Awards