Web resources for SQL

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-01-12 Print this article Print

Server security"> Of course, practicing good security in general will help a great deal in securing SQL Server. Using vulnerability-checking applications and patch management tools will help IT managers find vulnerable systems, especially embedded MSDE engines. In addition, any applications that attach to the SQL Server database must be secure against common holes and exploits. If your applications are full of holes, securing SQL Server wont help.

Finally, its important to educate yourself about SQL Server. There are excellent books available that go into great detail about configuring and securing SQL Server and Windows server systems.

Its also a good idea to frequently check Microsoft developer boards on SQL Server, where one can often find information on late-breaking problems as well as advanced tweaks and settings that can make SQL Server deployments more secure.

Labs Director Jim Rapoza can be reached at jim_rapoza@ziffdavis.com

Web resources for SQL Server security

  • SQLSecurity.com Independent site that provides updates and information on securing SQL Server; lots of good information and free tools (www. sqlsecurity.com)
  • 10 Steps to Help Secure SQL Server 2000 Microsoft provides the base-line recommendations that will go a long way toward helping users secure their SQL Server systems (www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/ administration/2000/security/securingsqlserver.asp)
  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Free Microsoft tool for finding unpatched Windows systems and applications on networks ( www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/ tools/mbsahome.asp)

    Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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