Giving a Security Webinar on Thursday

On Thursday, February 23rd at 3 PM EST I’m giving a webinar on designing a successful database security model with SQL Server.

Register Here for Free (you can also register for other upcoming MSSQLTips webinars)

Here’s what I’ll be covering:

You’re building a new application using SQL Server as a back-end and you want to ensure the data is as secure as possible. How do you leverage SQL Server’s security features, such as object permissions, ownership chaining, and security roles to build an effective security model within the database?

In this webinar we’ll look at how to start with a set of requirements and develop a logical but complete model to protect the data for your application, including handling multiple tiers of access. We will cover what the best practices are and when they don’t apply. We’ll also consider how to grant access when SQL Server’s built-in encryption functions, keys, and certificates are used to handle your sensitive data requirements.

I’ll also be following up the webinar with a series of tips at MSSQLTips that expand upon the topics of the webinar.

Webinar on Building a Successful Database Security Model

On Thursday, February 23rd at 3 PM EST I’m giving a webinar on designing a successful database security model with SQL Server.

Register Here for Free (you can also register for other upcoming MSSQLTips webinars)

Here’s what I’ll be covering:

You’re building a new application using SQL Server as a back-end and you want to ensure the data is as secure as possible. How do you leverage SQL Server’s security features, such as object permissions, ownership chaining, and security roles to build an effective security model within the database?

In this webinar we’ll look at how to start with a set of requirements and develop a logical but complete model to protect the data for your application, including handling multiple tiers of access. We will cover what the best practices are and when they don’t apply. We’ll also consider how to grant access when SQL Server’s built-in encryption functions, keys, and certificates are used to handle your sensitive data requirements.

I’ll also be following up the webinar with a series of tips at MSSQLTips that expand upon the topics of the webinar.

Career Corner: Go Beyond Networking

Networking with others is good for your career. You should do it. Don’t stop there. Keep going.

Networking builds contacts and associates you can reach out to with respect to your technical discipline. You need these to grow effectively in your career.

However, networking typically stops at the technical side. You want to go beyond and change your networks to friends. Life is about more than a career (or at least, it should be). These connections make life better. They help you weather storms. Let me give you a recent example.

I was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition last May. I reached out to a couple of folks I know who have the same condition. One of the individuals is in our SQL technical community. He provided encouragement, advice, and where to look next. He has also has checked in from time to time to see how I’ve been doing.

My friend’s care and concern eased a lot of my fears. His encouragement helped me as I faced having to make critical life changes to help with that medical condition. As a result, I’ve mostly adjusted and am better for it.

I’d like to think that I’ve done the same for others. Hopefully I have. That’s part of what makes life work.

Go beyond networking. Move to building friendships. You won’t regret it.

 

Grateful to have been a Microsoft MVP

A couple of weeks ago I received the disappointing but expected news that I wasn’t renewed as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. I say expected because I knew my ability to give back to the community had been greatly diminished over the later part of 2015 and into 2016. Between struggling with health issues and sending my oldest off to college (The Citadel, my alma mater), the time and energy just wasn’t there to do much. 

The MVP award is an honor. To have been an MVP from 2009-2016 was a special privilege. If I do enough to warrant such an honor again, I will consider it a privilege again. 

Not being able to write much has been painful. Also, I love the challenge of teaching and reaching folks. And it’s always a thrill to be able to interact with others on subjects I’m passionate about. I miss those experiences. This past year has been hard because of those lost opportunities. I enjoy being part of a great group of professional folks who tend to look out for each other and help one another. So I’m hoping that with my health under better control I will be able to gear back up and interact more again. 

Reminder – Geek Sync Today!

Today (December 14, 2016) at 12 PM Eastern I’m giving a webinar on preparing for your SQL Server farm for the holidays.

Registration: Geek Sync – Surviving the Holidays with SQL Server

Here’s what I will be covering:

It’s the end of the year and you want to have a safe and uninterrupted holiday vacation. Or you’re the one who won’t be taking time off but you have plenty of co-workers who will and you don’t want to be stuck holding the bag if something goes wrong (and Murphy says it will). While this sounds like a pipe dream for anyone who works in IT, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of being interrupted by that frantic phone call or email from work.

A lot of what I’ll talk about will be common sense items. The point is to get everything in place so that whoever is covering for you as you take days off can function without having to make a phone call except in the case of a real emergency. Or, if you’re the one who is left behind, tending the servers while others are out, here’s what you should have so you don’t have to send that email or pick up that phone. After all, no one likes getting called for the trivial stuff during time off. We’ll look at what you need to take care of to minimize the changes of those phone calls (short of threats of bodily harm).

Geek Sync Tomorrow: Surviving the Holidays with SQL Server

Tomorrow (December 14, 2016) at 12 PM Eastern I’m giving a webinar on preparing for your SQL Server farm for the holidays.

Registration: Geek Sync – Surviving the Holidays with SQL Server

Here’s what I will be covering:

It’s the end of the year and you want to have a safe and uninterrupted holiday vacation. Or you’re the one who won’t be taking time off but you have plenty of co-workers who will and you don’t want to be stuck holding the bag if something goes wrong (and Murphy says it will). While this sounds like a pipe dream for anyone who works in IT, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of being interrupted by that frantic phone call or email from work.

A lot of what I’ll talk about will be common sense items. The point is to get everything in place so that whoever is covering for you as you take days off can function without having to make a phone call except in the case of a real emergency. Or, if you’re the one who is left behind, tending the servers while others are out, here’s what you should have so you don’t have to send that email or pick up that phone. After all, no one likes getting called for the trivial stuff during time off. We’ll look at what you need to take care of to minimize the changes of those phone calls (short of threats of bodily harm).

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving again here in the United States. Throughout the years, the IT community has been awesome. I have been blessed by you all. I can certainly point to milestones in my career and list the folks who have helped me get to each one. 

But outside of work and technology, there are some folks I first met in the tech community that have been there when I and my family needed someone. I’m not going to embarrass anyone, as I’ve thanked them privately over and over again. 
Thanks, all. You make this community fun and rewarding. 

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