Speaking at SQLSaturday Omaha

In just one week, I’ll be traveling west to Omaha to speak at SQLSaturday there.  It’s been a while since I’ve been to one, so I’m really looking forward to it.

On Friday, I’ll be presenting an all-day pre-conference session on SQL Server security. This will be an A-Z overview of the topic. We’ll start with a solid foundation of authentication and authorization, followed by a series of topics teaching you how to apply them. My goal is that by the end of the day, you’ll have an understanding of how you can configure SQL Server’s security in your organization. There’s still a number of spaces left in the class – go to their EventBrite website to register.

And then Saturday, I’ll follow a fantastic set of speakers by speaking about encryption in the last slot of the day:

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.

If you’re in the area, join us!  It should be a great weekend!


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.

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