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Microsoft by Hilary Cotter, Ross Mistry

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Chapter 11 Encrypting SQL Server Data and Communications

The data stored in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 can be both valuable and confidential. The information stored in databases in SQL Server could be medical histories, income data, or company trade secrets. This information needs to be protected against unauthorized access. In many cases, government and industry regulations require that this data be stored in an encrypted format.

Many of the controls presented in this book have been access controls—that is, controls that determine who has authorization to access what. A determined hacker can circumvent these controls through various means, such as sniffing network traffic, going dumpster diving for backup tapes, or making inference attacks. ...

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