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Securing SQL Server: Protecting Your Database from Attackers Paperback – February 14, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1597496254 ISBN-10: 1597496251 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597496251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597496254
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Denny Cherry is what would happen if Bill Gates and AC/DC got together to create a sibling. He's a bare-knuckles, no holds-barred technologist, and you can bet that if he tells you that something does or doesn't work, he's speaking from experience. Active in the community, his passion is sharing. You'll enjoy this book."

-Buck Woody, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft

"Securing SQL Server is a must read for any architect or database administrator wanting to secure their SQL Servers. Given the sensitive data that SQL Servers could hold, it is vital that one understands the potential attacks and how to protect yourself from them. This is the book to help you understand."

-InfoSecReviews Book Awards

From the Back Cover

There is a lot at stake for administrators taking care of servers, since they house sensitive data like credit cards, social security numbers, medical records, and much more. InSecuring SQL Serveryou will learn about the potential attack vectors that can be used to break into your SQL Server database, and how to protect yourself from these attacks. Written by a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, you will learn how to properly secure your database, from both internal and external threats. Best practices and specific tricks employed by the author will also be revealed. Learn expert techniques to protect your SQL database environment.


More About the Author

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny's areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2008 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years. Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

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I have never met this guy but would love to someday.
Rick A. Morelan
When Denny first told me he was writing a security book by himself, I asked him why - it seemed like such a dry topic.
Brent Ozar
This book covers a lot of ground and very efficiently.
Joseph S. Dantoni

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent Ozar on November 26, 2011
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Denny's a jack of all trades, and a Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server to boot. I've had the pleasure of knowing Denny for a few years, and he's on the short list of people who I'd trust with my server password list. (I wouldn't trust him with my laptop password, though, because he's got a wicked sense of humor.) When Denny first told me he was writing a security book by himself, I asked him why - it seemed like such a dry topic. Amazingly, Denny was able to bring this material to life in a friendly, readable way.

It's easy to recommend this book for companies that store financial, medical, or personally identifiable data in their databases, but going beyond that, I think every company with a multi-DBA team should have a copy of this book on their bookshelf. A lot of my clients ask questions that are answered well in this book, and this book is way cheaper than a HIPAA/PCI/SOX audit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rick A. Morelan on April 8, 2011
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BRILLIANT WORK! Denny Cherry has really done his homework and summarized it for you in this awesome book. I have never met this guy but would love to someday. In my opinion he is a true master of this topic. Before this book I had a pretty good knowledge of SQL security and industry standard security features that integrate with SQL server. This book as taught me so much about the whole picture of how all that works. This is just perfect for intermediate to advanced SQL admins. Great timing too as the schools I work at needed a new book for their SQL security classes. This is now our book for the SQL security lessons that will be given to all students.

You get a really good feel for the "What" and "Why" of security as well as the history along with where the industry is headed. It's not a beginner book but great for people in the admin side of SQL wanting to be that "Go-To" SQL security person. Wish I could give it 6 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Patterson on December 15, 2011
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I'm really enjoying the content and format of this book. The way the chapters are presented in an encapsulated format so they can be read in any order saves time and the language is easy to read while still being technical in nature. My only complaint with the book so far (I purchased the Kindle version so I'm not sure if the print version is any different) is that there are several spelling and grammatical errors which can distract readers who know better (i.e. former English majors). It probably would have benefited from another once-over in the editing department.
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Denny has done a fantastic job, not just covering SQL Server security, but covering some of the broader infrastructure security concerns. This book covers a lot of ground and very efficiently. Denny's broad skill base in not just database, but broader issues such as storage and networks shine through. Even if you a developer, he covers several solid techniques to avoid SQL injection attacks.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jhb on August 23, 2011
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This book gives you a good look at SQL Server security. It doesn't confine itself to the usual topics but covers security from many perspectives such as encryption, network security, backups, SQL injection, etc. It is profusely illustrated with screen prints and the authors style makes it easy to read. A nice extra was the Appendix containing external audit checklists.

Now for my minor annoyance, some of the features described are SQL Server version dependent. For example, you need the Enterprise edition of SQL Server to use transparent encryption. I did not find a mention of features being version dependent anywhere in the book.
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