SQL – A Career in Database Forensics

SQL - A Career in Database Forensics dnas A growing field in the information security domain – Database Forensics offers a comprehensive and highly sophisticated skill set that allows professionals to uncover and trace data security breaches of the highest order and complexity. Many enterprises are looking to hire such professionals nowadays. Critical data needs to be guarded and organizations are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that their confidential records are safely stored and accessed. But how do you become a forensics expert without getting lost in the maze of security programs and products.

Why are databases critical assets?

  • They hold crucial information
  • Database servers contain sensitive information which can be used as well as misused
  • Data security regulations mandate all security breaches to be reported

Therefore, Using analysis and  investigative tools and techniques, professionals gather evidence from the database which is suitable for presenting legally in a court of law.

Some Benefits

  • Identify pre and post transaction data
  • Retrace user DDL & DML operations
  • Recover deleted data rows
  • Prove/dismiss a data security breach
  • Determine the scope and extent of database intrusion

Apart from these technical skills, individuals must possess analytical abilities and a problem solving attitude. Uncovering hidden patterns, unexpected correlations, and sorting through data to extract meaning out of it – are some of the essential skills required of a forensic expert.

Another crucial skill is the knowledge of cyber laws. An understanding of the legal procedures and law enforcement agencies’ requirements is of great importance if you are to conduct digital investigations.

SQL Server Forensics Analysis course offers the foundation required to become a forensic expert in the online world. Also learn other associative skills such as cryptography, e-discovery and incident response in this latest training program.  A relatively new field of study, the course offers a great opportunity for those who wish to gain credibility in this stream.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • I have been following your informations for a long time

    You just touched s sensitive part of my work–Database Security and encripten

    How can i encrypt my database 2008 R2

    • Humayoon Khan
      January 2, 2014 11:32 pm

      TDE – transparent data encryption feature of SQL Server 2008 R2 allows you to encrypt your data files. So for example, you have a backup media that got stolen. In that case, you don’t need to worry about security breach as data was encrypted. Also, with this feature your applications need not to change.

      There’re other forms of encryption in SQL Server 2008, column level encryption etc. that you can read in online books.


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