Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Microsoft's Yukon Gets Encryption Protection

Database administrators running SQL Server can look forward to a bit more free time and less worries about unauthorized access to sensitive data files, thanks to new database features announced by Microsoft Corp. at its TechEd 2004 conference on Tuesday in San Diego.

On the security front, Microsoft said it will embed native data encryption/decryption, password and key management support into the second beta version of SQL Server 2005 (code-named "Yukon") that is due later this year. Also at TechEd, the software giant said it is releasing the final version of Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) for SQL Server 2000.

Through the new security components, SQL Server 2005 customers will have the choice of encrypting and decrypting sensitive data through passwords, the x509 certificate key for authentication, or Windows certificate authority, according to Tom Rizzo, director of SQL Server product management for Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.

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