Four Things PASS gets Right

PASS has taken a lot of heat recently. A few folks have pointed out that you only seem to hear when people are upset at PASS at something. So here’s my take on what PASS has done correctly.

The Summit

The Summit is a premier conference for SQL Server professionals. How do I know? Watch all the griping when speaker announcements are made. A lot of folks want to speak at the conference because they perceive it to have a lot of value. A lot of folks attend the conference because they perceive it to have a lot of value. A lot of value + financially affordable to PASS = premier conference.

Virtual Chapters

Virtual Chapters are awesome. Look at how many there are and how much FREE training they provide to the community. Yes, they are staffed by volunteers, however, they are still under the PASS umbrella.

Chapter Tools

First, there’s the free web hosting. It’s been around for a while. Yes, it’s DotNetNuke, but the templates are simple and workable for a chapter.

Second, there is the automated mailing. This allows a chapter leader to get the news out without having to go to MailChimp or some other resource. Also, as folks sign up at the chapter website, they are automatically added to the distro list. Easy all around.

Third, PASS has built the integrated events module. You set up the event details under the PASS Chapter tools and if you’re website is configured, the details automatically appear on your chapter homepage. In addition, the event details appear in the PASS master list of events. You don’t have to go to multiple places to get the word out.

The 24 Hours of PASS

More FREE training. And if you can’t stay around for the whole 24 hours, don’t worry, sessions are recorded and eventually available on-line.

Presenting on Top SQL Server Vulnerabilities

On February 19th, 2014, I’ll be giving a webinar from 3-4 PM Eastern on the Top SQL Server Vulnerabilities. You can register here for it.

It is being provided by MSSQLTips.com and GreenSQL. Here’s what I’m covering:

Your goal is to have a secure SQL Server installation. However, you don’t have forever to get the job done. Nor do you have an infinite amount of time and resources to monitor the installation after it’s in production.

  • What are the biggest things to focus on?
  • What will be your most painful headaches going forward?
  • What should you be watching for to detect a potential compromise?

In this webinar, I’ll answer these questions so you can quickly and effectively configure and test your SQL Server for optimal security. We will also give you a glimpse into GreenSQL’s offerings to secure your SQL Servers. For those on a tight budget, scripts will be provided and free tools referenced.

Presenting on Security at Midlands PASS

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, I’ll be at Midlands PASS in Columbia, SC. We’ll be meeting from 5:30 PM to about 7:30 PM. I’ll once again be given an open ended SQL Server security talk. Here’s the description:

Midlands PASS Chapter’s annual SQL Server security refresher! This is an open-ended discussing hosted by SQL Server MVP and resident SQL Server security expert, Brian Kelley. Bring your scenarios and questions and we’ll work through the best ways to build security solutions for and using Microsoft SQL Server.

We meet at Microstaff IT in Cayce, SC. They are a great host and we enjoy the accommodations. If you’re in the area, please stop on by!

We do ask that you RSVP so we know how much food to bring.

Recording of SQL Injection Webcast Now Available

On Tuesday I gave a webcast along with MSSQLTips on SQL Injection. If you were unable to attend (or were able to attend and want to see it again), you can view it at the following link [registration required]:

SQL Injection: What it is, how it happens and how to stop it?

I was asked about the slides and scripts. You can find them as a download here:

SQL Injection Presentation Materials

SQL Injection Webcast Today, November 5, 2013

Today, November 5th, in conjunction with MSSQLTips, I’ll be giving a webinar on SQL Injection. It will be at 2 PM Eastern (New York).

SQL Injection: What it is, how it happens and how to stop it?   [registration required]

The agenda for this webinar is:

  • Who Is the Enemy?
  • What Is SQL Injection?
  • Is SQL Injection Still an Issue?
  • SQL Injection in Action
  • Prevention Methods

SQL Injection Webcast on November 5, 2013

On November 5th, in conjunction with MSSQLTips, I’ll be giving a webinar on SQL Injection. It will be at 2 PM Eastern (New York).

SQL Injection: What it is, how it happens and how to stop it?   [registration required]

The agenda for this webinar is:

  • Who Is the Enemy?
  • What Is SQL Injection?
  • Is SQL Injection Still an Issue?
  • SQL Injection in Action
  • Prevention Methods