K. Brian Kelley

K. Brian Kelley
K. Brian Kelley is a SQL Server author and columnist focusing primarily on SQL Server security.

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Brian Kelley is an author, columnist, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and former Microsoft Data Platform (SQL Server) MVP (2009-2016) focusing primarily on SQL Server and Windows security. Brian currently serves as a data architect as well as an independent infrastructure/security architect concentrating on Active Directory, SQL Server, and Windows Server. He has served in a myriad of other positions including senior database administrator, data warehouse architect, web developer, incident response team lead, and project manager. Brian has spoken at 24 Hours of PASS, IT/Dev Connections, SQLConnections, the Techno Security and Forensics Investigation Conference, the IT GRC Forum, SyntaxCon, and at various SQL Saturdays, Code Camps, and user groups.
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Auditing and Compliance Audit SQL Server Logins without filling up the Error Log
Auditing and Compliance Auditing Failed Logins in SQL Server
Auditing and Compliance Auditing SELECT statements in SQL Server 2008
Auditing and Compliance Auditing SQL Server 2012 Server Roles
Auditing and Compliance Auditing SQL Server Password Age
Auditing and Compliance Auditing SQL Server Permissions and Roles for the Server
Auditing and Compliance Auditing SQL Server User and Role Permissions for Databases
Auditing and Compliance Auditing sysadmin on multiple servers using PowerShell
Auditing and Compliance Automate collection and saving of failed logins for SQL Server
Auditing and Compliance How to Audit Login Changes on a SQL Server
Auditing and Compliance Identifying What Runs at Startup on SQL Server
Auditing and Compliance SQL Server Encryption To Block DBAs Data Access
Auditing and Compliance SQL Server Security Auditing to Match Logins And Users
Auditing and Compliance Tables and Views for Auditing SQL Server Logins
Auditing and Compliance Using a Backup to Find SQL Server Security Changes
Auditing and Compliance What to Audit at the SQL Server Instance Level
Auditing and Compliance What Windows Server Groups Should I Audit on my SQL Servers?
Backup How to Identify and Backup the Latest SQL Server Database in a Series
Backup The Statement Backup Log is Not Allowed for a SQL Server Transaction Log Backup
Clustering Understanding why there is still downtime for SQL Server with Microsoft Clustering
Contained Databases How to Audit for SQL Server Users in Contained Databases
Data Types SQL Server Implicit Conversions Performance Issues
Database Administration Determining Drive Letters in Use by SQL Server Databases
Database Administration How to move a SQL Server database within the same instance without losing settings
Database Configurations Verify Connectivity to SQL Server
Database Design Data Modeling: Understanding First Normal Form in SQL Server
Database Design Dealing with a No NULL Requirement for Data Modeling in SQL Server
Database Design Understanding First Normal Form in SQL Server
Disaster Recovery Disaster Recovery Planning for Microsoft SQL Server - Getting Backups and Restores Right
Disaster Recovery Retrieving SQL Server Server Roles for Disaster Recovery
Disaster Recovery Scripting SQL Server Database Owners for Disaster Recovery
Dynamic Management Views and Functions Return SQL Server Connections Information Using sys.dm_exec_connections
Dynamic Management Views and Functions SQL Server Case Sensitive Collations and DMVs
Encryption Finding Encrypted Data in a SQL Server Database
Encryption SQL Server Encryption Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Keys
Encryption Using authenticators with SQL Server encryption
Encryption Where Does SQL Server Store Its Certificates
Functions System Understanding and Using SQL Server sys.dm_exec_requests
Functions System Understanding and Using sys.dm_exec_sessions in SQL Server
Import and Export Export data to an earlier SQL Server version
Linked Servers On demand creation and destruction of a SQL Server Linked Server
Linked Servers On Demand Linked Server Creation with a SQL Server Login
Monitoring SQL Server Forensics Analysis Based on Database Backup Size
Performance Tuning Best-of-class SQL Server Performance Monitoring and Alerting
Policy Based Management SQL Server Policy Management to Enforce Database Settings in Development
PowerShell Parsing all the files in a directory using PowerShell
Profiler and Trace Using the Default Trace in SQL Server
Reporting Services Dynamic Reports Getting started with report filters in SQL Server Reporting Services
Restore How to Automate SQL Server Restores for a Test Server
Restore Recovering a SQL Server TDE Encrypted Database Successfully
Restore Why Can't I Restore a Database to an Older Version of SQL Server?
Scripts Script SQL Server Logins for Disaster Recovery
Security Add a Salt with the SQL Server HASHBYTES Function
Security Application Database Security Design - Part 1 - Authentication for SQL Server
Security Application Database Security Design Part 2 - Multiple Levels of Access to SQL Server
Security Auditing Critical Windows Files and Folders for SQL Server
Security Automated way to get all port information for SQL Server instances
Security Best Practices to Secure the SQL Server sa Account
Security Blocking SQL Server db_datareader, db_datawriter, and db_owner Permissions
Security Breaking ownership chaining within a schema in SQL Server
Security Can I stop a System Admin from enabling SQL Server xp_cmdshell?
Security Cannot make a role a member of itself error in SQL Server
Security Database level permissions for SQL Server 2005 and 2008
Security Determining Permission Issues for a SQL Server Object
Security Dynamic SQL and Ownership Chaining in SQL Server
Security Filtering Columns in SQL Server Using Views
Security Filtering SQL Server Columns Using Column Level Permissions
Security Get Back into SQL Server After You've Locked Yourself Out
Security Grant limited permissions to create SQL Server views in another schema Part 1
Security Grant limited permissions to create SQL Server views in another schema Part 2
Security How come I can create SQL Server objects but not access these objects
Security How to Clone a SQL Server Login, Part 1 of 3
Security How to Clone a SQL Server Login, Part 2 of 3
Security How to Clone a SQL Server Login, Part 3 of 3
Security How to configure password enforcement options for standard SQL Server logins
Security How to Connect to a SQL Server Named Instance
Security How to Create Secure SQL Server Service Accounts
Security How to Enable Secondary Decryption of SQL Server Symmetric Keys
Security How to Setup Row Level Security for SQL Server
Security How to Unlock a SQL Login Without Resetting the Password
Security Identify Local Administrators on a SQL Server box using PowerShell
Security Identifying the Tie Between Logins and Users
Security Implementing SQL Server Security with Stored Procedures and Views
Security Implicit Permissions Due to Ownership Chaining or Scopes in SQL Server
Security Implicit Permissions Due to SQL Server Database Roles
Security Is disabling xp_cmdshell in SQL Server really secure?
Security Issues Determining an Individual SQL Server User's Permissions
Security Migrate the Correct Logins with a SQL Server Database
Security Nesting Database Roles in SQL Server
Security Network communications mechanisms for SQL Server
Security New Security Catalog Views in SQL Server 2005 and SQL 2008
Security Ownership chaining in SQL Server security feature or security risk
Security Potential Security Exploit Using CONTROL SERVER Permissions in SQL Server
Security Practice of Using Privileged Accounts to Access SQL Server
Security Protecting SQL Server from Ransomware
Security Protecting the SQL Server Backup folder
Security Quickly Find Failed SQL Server Logins Using the Windows Event Log
Security Replace xp_cmdshell command line use with SQL Server Agent
Security Retrieving SQL Server Fixed Database Roles for Disaster Recovery
Security Retrieving SQL Server Permissions for Disaster Recovery
Security Server level permissions for SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008
Security Skip-2.0 Malware Impacts SQL Server - Should I Be Worried?
Security SQL Server nested securable permissions
Security SQL Server Permissions Granted to All Users By Default
Security SQL Server Security Community Questions on Windows, Server Level, Database, Roles and more
Security SQL Server Static Data Masking with DataVeil
Security The Power of the SQL Server Database Owner
Security Unable to see a SQL Server table
Security Understanding Cross Database Ownership Chaining in SQL Server
Security Understanding GRANT, DENY, and REVOKE in SQL Server
Security Understanding How A User Gets Database Access in SQL Server
Security Understanding how SQL Server handles Service Isolation
Security Understanding SQL Server fixed database roles
Security Understanding SQL Server fixed server roles
Security Understanding SQL Server Ownership Chaining
Security Understanding the importance of key length with the SQL Server asymmetric encryption algorithms
Security Understanding the SQL Server HASHBYTES hashing algorithms
Security Understanding the SQL Server Symmetric Encryption Algorithms
Security Understanding When SQL Server Kerberos Delegation is Needed
Security Using nmap to scan for SQL Servers on a network
Security Using PowerShell to Audit for Blank SA Passwords
Security Using Views to Expose Encrypted Data in SQL Server
Security Why Can't I Set a Default SQL Server Schema for My Windows Group Login?
Security Why System Account is a bad idea for SQL Server Service Account
SQL Injection Using Triggers to Mitigate Some SQL Injection Effects
SQL Server Agent Auditing for New SQL Server Agent Jobs
SQL Server Agent Configuring Critical SQL Server Alerts
SQL Server Agent Script to find failed SQL Server Backups and validate re-running code was successful
SQL Server Agent SQL Server Agent Job Email Notifications via PowerShell
SQL Server Agent Suppressing SQL Server Alerts to Reduce Emails
SQL Server Agent Understanding how SQL Server Agent Jobs can share schedules
SQL Server Configurations Catalog SQL Server Services Installed on Servers
SQL Server Configurations How to setup and use a SQL Server alias
SQL Server Configurations How to setup security features for SQL Server
SQL Server Configurations Understanding the SQL Server SELECT @@VERSION command
SQL Server Configurations Using Friendly Names for SQL Servers via DNS
SQL Server Configurations Why listing all of your SQL Servers does not always work
Surface Area Configuration Manager SQL Server security settings using the Surface Area Configuration tool
Surface Area Configuration Manager SQL Server Surface Area Configuration for Features Option Selection
Triggers Connecting to SQL Server with a Bad Logon Trigger
Triggers SQL Server 2005 SysAdmin Login Auditing
Triggers Understanding SQL Server inserted and deleted tables for DML triggers
TSQL Minimum Permissions for SQL Server TRUNCATE TABLE
Views Why You Should Avoid SELECT * in SQL Server T-SQL Code
Virtualization Viewing VMware Counters in PerfMon for SQL Server
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