TechEd 2004: SQL Server 2005 to Get Encryption, Decryption Features

At TechEd 2004, Microsoft revealed that SQL Server 2005 will include native support for encryption, decryption, and key management. The idea is to provide a strong level of security directly in the product so that customers won't have to turn to third parties or rival database vendors. With this feature, even someone who successfully hacks into a SQL Server 2005 database won't be able to get data out of the database, Microsoft said. SQL Server 2005 will also undergo the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) certification, which will ensure that the system is fit for use in the most secure government installations.

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