What is Basel II
The Basel Capital Accord Basel II a set of international banking standards based on three mutually reinforcing pillars, issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in June 2004. It’s an improvement of the Basel I Accord, and it introduces a new approach to data management
Pillar 1 – minimum capital requirements – defines the minimum capital required to cover the risks that the bank might encounter. To put it simply – the financial institutions are required to have enough cash to cover potential risks.
October 16, 2013
SQL Server database corruption recovery with transaction log backups
The worst-case scenario a DBA can encounter is a SQL Server database data-file corruption (due to physical or some other occurrence, the data files can be damaged and inaccessible)
October 11, 2013
Previously we’ve discussed failed logins, how they can indicate unauthorized SQL Server access attempts (Audit failed SQL Server logins – distributed queries, brute force attacks, and SQL injections), and using native tools to audit the failed logins and identify potential attack attempts (Audit failed SQL Server logins – using native tools to investigate failed logins).
October 10, 2013
In the previous article of the Audit failed SQL Server logins series, we described the motives and most common methods used for unauthorized SQL Server access attempts. As a response, the best way to identify such attack attempts is to audit the failed logins
October 10, 2013
Failed SQL Server logins are common in various scenarios. Accidently mistyped credentials (user name or password), changed permissions, or expired password are some of the benign reasons for failed SQL Server logins. On the other hand, there are malicious failed logins – unauthorized attempts to access confidential data stored on a SQL Server instance, that are more of a concern
October 10, 2013
What is FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It gives students and their parents the right to access their education records, request to amend, and control over the record disclosure
October 9, 2013
The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, Sarbanes–Oxley, Sarbox, or SOX is a US federal law “written by lawyers for lawyers”. It’s a regulation created to improve the quality and integrity of financial reporting, and ensure the financial and business information is factual and accurate.
October 4, 2013
What is GLBA
The Gramm – Leach – Bliley Act (GLBA) was enacted in 1999. Its purpose is to protect consumer financial privacy. In order to meet GLBA compliance requirements, the financial organizations must inform their customers about the company’s information sharing and privacy practices. Customers must be given and explained their right to opt out (to say “no”) – if they don’t want their financial information shared with certain third parties
October 2, 2013
What is PCI?
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS, or just PCI) is an information security standard that protects cardholder and card payment information. The PCI DSS general requirements are designed to ensure a secure, monitored network, protect cardholder and transaction data, provide vulnerability management, strong access control measures, and maintain an information security policy
September 28, 2013
What is SOX
The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, Sarbanes–Oxley, Sarbox, or SOX is a regulation created to improve the quality and integrity of financial reporting. It addresses audits, financial reporting and disclosure, conflicts of interest, and corporate governance, so financial and business information is factual and accurate. Its purpose is to avoid accounting scandals like the ones in 1990s stock market.
September 25, 2013