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SQL Server 2000 Security Best Practices
by Global Knowledge Network, Inc.

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Published on: November 2004
Type of content: WHITE PAPER
Format: Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) (188 kb)
Length: 12 pages
Price: FREE

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The Slammer worm, SQL Injection attacks, Denial of Service attacks, and Brute Force attacks. News headlines scream the latest theft of 300,000 credit card numbers from an e-commerce web site by a group of hackers. A disgruntled employee trashes years of proprietary corporate data after learning that he is being laid off. These attacks and many others are examples of the security threats that pervade our interconnected society. System and network administrators are at the forefront of the defense against these attacks. But, with the explosion of e-commerce, database administrators must ensure the security and integrity of their database servers.

The security of SQL Server database servers has become a top priority for database administrators.
The discussion of security-related best practices in this article relates mostly to an idealized world. In the real world, it is necessary to make compromises between what you want and what you can provide. Not all organizations can afford to implement all of the best practices out there. Furthermore, some of these best practices may impact application performance too much to be of much benefit.

This article examines best practices that can be employed to secure Microsoft SQL Server 2000 databases. It provides an overview of the security model in SQL Server 2000 and then discusses several best practices that can be employed to secure your SQL Server 2000 database
server.

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