Microsoft SQL Server Support Services

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is a complete set of enterprise-ready technologies and tools that help people derive the most value from information at the lowest total-cost-of-ownership. Enjoy high levels of performance, availability, and security; employ more productive management and [1] application development tools; and deliver pervasive insight with self-service [2] business intelligence (BI).

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  • Complete information platform for applications of all sizes.
  • Managed, familiar self-service BI tools.
  • Support for large-scale data centers and data warehouses.
  • Opportunities to build and extend applications in the cloud.
  • Integration with the Microsoft Application Platform.

What can you do to protect the systems on your networks?

 

  • The external router should be hardened to block invalid, RFC 1918, RFC 2827, spoofed IP’s & ICMP; outbound access list blocking, source routing & directed broadcast blocking, DoS attack prevention, limit administrative management, etc.
  • Harden firewall configuration to severely restrict inbound access, deploy DMZ’s, employ IPSec VPN’s w/ AES, use firewall level authentication, and restrict outbound ports.
  • Harden PC configurations, employ a host firewall, use WSUS for updates, use Firefox as browser, remove local administrative access from users, Group Policy to roll out security settings, encryption, bios passwords, etc.
  • Secure wireless (in order of preference): WPA2-EAP, WPA-EAP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WEP, no encryption.
  • Employ Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS).
  • Monitor internal networks for ARP/DHCP attacks.
  • Employ redundancy in routers, firewalls, switches, and servers.
  • Use physical security.
  • Make sure that off-site backups (Network/disk/tape) are created daily.
  • Create a Disaster Recovery Plan.
  • Use Layered Security.