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Threat Detection in Azure SQL Database is now Generally Available

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

We are excited to announce that Threat Detection is now Generally Available in Azure SQL Database. Threat Detection detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases. Threat Detection leverages machine learning to provide an additional layer of security built into the SQL Database service, enabling SQL Database customers to... Read more

Newly created Azure SQL databases will be encrypted at rest by default

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Earlier today, we announced that all new Azure SQL databases will be encrypted with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) by default, to make it easier for everyone to benefit from encryption at rest. The change in default will happen gradually by region. Visit the Azure Service Updates blog to learn more about this recent update.... Read more

Certificate-based authentication for Azure SQL DB using Azure Active Directory with recent Azure RM PowerShell version

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This is a new version of the previous blog on Token-based authentication (see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlsecurity/2016/02/09/token-based-authentication-support-for-azure-sql-db-using-azure-ad-auth/ ) updated to accommodate recent Azure RM PowerShell version. The certificate-based authentication allows to use a local certificate that can be registered with Azure AD to serve as an authentication mechanism to connect to Azure SQL DB without using user/password or... Read more

Blob Auditing in Azure SQL Database is Generally Available

Thursday, February 23, 2017

We are excited to announce that SQL Blob Auditing is now Generally Available in Azure SQL Database. Blob Auditing tracks database events and writes audited events to an audit log in your Azure Storage account. Auditing can help maintain regulatory compliance, understand database activity, and gain insight into discrepancies and anomalies that could indicate business concerns or suspected security... Read more

Getting Started with Always Encrypted using PowerShell

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

In the previous articles from the Always Encrypted blog series, we demonstrated how to configure Always Encrypted using SQL Server Management Studio. In this article, we will show you how to configure Always Encrypted from the command line, using PowerShell. Prerequisites To try the examples in this article, you need: A database, named Clinic, hosted... Read more

Parameterization for Always Encrypted – Using SSMS to Insert into, Update and Filter by Encrypted Columns

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

SQL Server  Management Studio 17.o (the next major update of SSMS, currently available as a Release Candidate) introduces two important capabilities for Always Encrypted: Ability to insert into, update and filter by values stored in encrypted columns from a Query Editor window. The new online encryption algorithm, exposed in the Set-SqlColumnEncryption PowerShell cmdlet, which makes tables available... Read more

Azure samples for Azure AD .Net WebApi using Azure AD “on-behalf of token” to connect to SQL DB and SQL DW

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The C# code samples attached in the zip file below present a solution for the front-mid tier architecture allowing client applications to use individual Azure AD user credentials to connect to SQL DB/DW using mid-tier WEB app “on-behalf of token” obtained from Azure AD by redeeming individual user’s access token. This solution represents a standard... Read more

Feature Spotlight: Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

As more and more businesses go digital and towards the cloud, security is more important than ever. We’re not all security experts, but with the responsibility we assume as businesses to be entrusted with protecting our customer’s data, it’s essential that we understand the basics of how we secure data. Security only works when you... Read more

SQL Server Connector support for private Azure clouds

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Starting today, the SQL Server Connector also supports private Azure clouds. If you’re using a private Azure environment, such as Azure Government, Azure China, or Azure Germany, you can now use the SQL Server Connector to manage your TDE encryption in SQL Server using your Azure Key Vault keys. Download the latest version (1.0.4.0) of... Read more

SQL Threat Detection – Your built-in security expert

Monday, August 08, 2016

Azure SQL Database Threat Detection has been in preview for a few months now. We’ve on-boarded many customers and received some great feedback. We would like to share a couple of customer experiences that demonstrate how SQL Threat Detection helped to address their concerns about potential threats to their database. What is SQL Threat Detection?... Read more

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