Speaking at Iowa Code Camp on May 9

If you’re in the Iowa City area, come to Iowa Code Camp this weekend! They have a great lineup of speakers, covering the full gamut of development topics – Agile, Node.js, ORMs, UI design, Javascript, interviewing, R, NoSQL, SQL Server, and many more.

I’ll be presenting my session on SQL Server encryption at 10:30:

We’ve all seen the recent news stories about companies whose data has been stolen by hackers. What was once a rare event has become all too common, and companies large and small are at risk. While it isn’t always possible to prevent intrusions, you can reduce the risk by encrypting your data. In this presentation, I’ll show you the four ways that SQL Server provides to encrypt data: hashes, cell-level encryption, database-level encryption (also known as transparent data encryption), and backup encryption. We’ll also discuss the keys required for each type of encryption and discuss how to protect the keys themselves.

They still have spots available – details are on their website, iowacodecamp.com. I hope to see you there!


Ed Leighton-Dick helps small and midsize businesses solve their most challenging database performance, resiliency, and data security issues at Kingfisher Data, the consulting firm he founded in 2014. He has taught thousands of people at over 200 events, including the world's largest Microsoft data platform conferences, and he has been a leader in the Microsoft data community since 2008. Microsoft has recognized Ed seven times as a Data Platform MVP for his expertise and service to the data community.