I'll be speaking at SQL Saturday #371 in Tampa on February 28, 2015.
If you are interested in minimizing or possibly preventing the type of breach that happened at Anthem Inc, you will likely find my session "Real World SQL Server Database Administration with just a bit of sysadmin" very interesting.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to allow SQL Server database administrators to retain perpetual sysadmin access on production servers due to IT Security, Audit, and Compliance concerns.
I will review the fundamentals needed to define a configurable permission model currently in use at a large insurance company that allows database administrators to do routine work without having unfettered access to business data. Several demonstrations will show that many DBA tasks can be done without sysadmin access. Attendees will also learn how to deploy a set of permissions that allows DBAs to do routine work, elevate DBA permissions quickly to respond to production emergencies and how to grant sysadmin permissions during disaster recovery scenarios. Scripts will be reviewed and demonstrated that secure the database server, undo the permission model in case of unforeseen circumstances and discover which servers remain to be locked down. Attendees will leave this session with the realization that DBAs need to be sysadmin only when required.
SQL Saturday is a FREE training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. SQL Saturdays are possible because of PASS, our sponsors, and the many volunteer speakers and staff that run the event. I encourage you to check the schedule.
I guarantee you will learn something new by the end of the day!