Tag Archives: encryption

What is a Database Master Key?

The encryption mechanisms in SQL Server are interesting, and they work well, but they are somewhat poorly named. I ran across a few people struggling to understand, so I decided to cover the concepts in a series of posts. This … Continue reading

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Do I have a Database Master Key in a database? #SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. How can I tell if I have a Database Master Key in a database? It’s actually easy. I query … Continue reading

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Checking Permissions for Keys–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I got a call from someone wanted to check how permissions were stored for encryption objects. I ran a … Continue reading

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Post TDE–Getting Unencrypted Backups

I saw a question posted recently about someone that had disabled TDE and was still having issues restoring a backup. This doesn’t seem like that should be an issue, but it can be. A little testing shows how. Let’s assume … Continue reading

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Encryption Keys Matter

Perhaps the importance of protecting encryption keys is even greater than we realize. It appears that the NSA and the US Government have been able to read encrypted traffic for some time on the Internet, perhaps for most of the last … Continue reading

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Learning All About Always Encrypted at DevConnections

Like the alliteration in the title? I almost removed it, but decided it had a nice ring. Maybe that should be the title of my IT/DevConnections (Oct 10-13, 2016) session other than End to End Always Encrypted in SQL Server … Continue reading

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Crack that Encrypted Data

Ransomware appears to be gaining some traction as a new trend. For awhile in my career, it was virus programs designed to send to all your contacts. Then it was infections to use your computer as part of a bot … Continue reading

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Getting Started with Encryption in SQL Server 2016

The release of SQL Server 2016 gives developers a number of ways in which they can securely encrypt and protect their data. In this introductory session, you will learn about the encryption options in SQL Server 2016, watching Always Encrypted, … Continue reading

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End to End Always Encrypted in SQL Server 2016

Abstract: Protecting our data from unauthorized access becomes more and more important all the time, however it has been difficult to ensure sensitive data is encrypted in SQL Server. The new Always Encrypted feature in SQL Server 2016 makes this … Continue reading

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Quick Encryption with Always Encrypted

What do you need to do in order to access data in a SQL Server that’s encrypted with Always Encrypted? It’s not much, and it’s really simple. The certificate used for encryption A parameter in the connection string That’s it. … Continue reading

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