Keeping an organization’s SQL Servers secure is the supporting DBAs’ most critical responsibility. The performance and availability of the databases are certainly also important and cannot be neglected. But having the fastest response time or maintaining uninterrupted access for decades will not be the thing that’s remembered when your system suffers a data breach. It will be the ramifications of the compromised sensitive data that you failed to adequately protect.
The increasing value of enterprise data makes it one of the company’s most important resources. Many organizations have databases that contain personally identifiable information (PII) on their customers and employees. These make attractive targets for hackers who can compromise thousands of individuals in the wake of a data breach.
Public concern over data breaches is increasing as more people conduct business online and corporations store larger amounts of data that need to be protected. Regulations like the GDPR are designed to hold organizations accountable for protecting the personal information they have collected. In the U.S., legislation was introduced in late 2019 that would impose fines and potentially jail executives of firms that violated data privacy rules.
So it’s safe to say that there’s not a DBA out there who wants to have their system breached. There are some things you can do to minimize the chances that a breach happens to your databases.
Best Practices for SQL Server Security
Here are best practices that should be followed to attain the highest degree of security for your SQL Server environment.
A Tool to Help Enforce SQL Server Security
IDERA’s SQL Secure can help DBAs lockdown their SQL Servers with a host of features that enable comprehensive security analysis and reporting. The tool can be used for physical and virtual instances of SQL Server in on-premises data centers and the cloud. SQL Secure does not install any components on the SQL Servers and uses a web-based interface that is compatible with all popular browsers.
Some of the specific tools that SQL Secure provides DBAs include:
SQL Secure can help harden your SQL Server security policies and provides templates designed to assist in complying with many regulatory policies like GDPR, SOX, HIPAA, and PCI DSS. DBAs can identify vulnerabilities and prevent security violations that might put their organization’s information resources at risk. Then they can address other issues like speeding up the performance of their databases.
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