Speaking at Charleston PASS on May 18, 2017

During the day of the 18th I’ll be at the Syntax Code and Craft Conference in Charleston, SC. That evening I’m stopping by Charleston PASS to visit and give a presentation.

Register for Charleston PASS’ May 18th Meeting

I’m stepping away from my comfort zone of security and presenting on an important topic I see getting less and less attention nowadays: data modeling.


Introduction to Data Modeling

Improperly built bridges and buildings fail and collapse. Improperly built database do, too. Unfortunately, database design is becoming a lost art, leading to issues with both performance and data integrity. In this presentation we’ll look at the keys to proper database design. We’ll start with requirements gathering. Then we’ll tackle the logical design of the database. We’ll consider entities, domains, relationships, and proper normalization. Finally, we’ll move on to discussing how to implement our design, specifically using SQL Server.


I hope to see you there!

Slides from 24 Hours of PASS – Data Security

As promised, here are my slides from the 24 Hours of PASS on Data Security:

S1 – Brian Kelley_WhatYouAbsolutelyMustKnowAboutSQLServerSecurity (.pptx – 733 KB)

S7 – Brian Kelley_ProtectingDataAcrossTheEnvironment (.pptx – 1.3 MB)

Thanks for those who attended!

Slides from SSWUG 2017 Spring Virtual Conference

As promised, here are the slides for my two presentations from SSWUG’s 2017 Spring Virtual Conference:

SSWUG_Spring_Building an Auditing Framework for SQL Server (.pptx – 152 KB)

SSWUG Spring Performing a SQL Server Security Risk Assessment (.pptx – 265 KB)

Thanks to those who attended!

Additional Presentation at 24 Hours of PASS

I’ve had another presentation added for the 24 Hours of PASS; this one is the first session of the line-up, 12:00 GMT on May 3, 2017. You can register for this session and any of the others at the registration link.

Here are the details about the added presentation:

What You Absolutely Must Know about SQL Server Security

There are so many security tips out there for SQL Server. Almost all of them are rated as a best practice. What do you listen to? What do you focus on? In this session we’ll break down what you absolutely must know about securing SQL Server. We’ll look at the things to look for within SQL Server, including some of the nooks and crannies an attacker might use but what are rarely audited. You’ll leave with a checklist of what to investigate on your own systems.