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  • Test Your Disaster Recovery Strategies before Disaster Strikes

    Mar 20, 2020

    Reading Time: 2 minutes As the old saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” and testing your disaster recovery data is essential to keeping you and your data safe!

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  • It’s in the Database

    Mar 3, 2020

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Managed Health Systems of Indiana patient health information, July-September, 2019; Microsoft customer service and support records, January 22, 2020; Wyze email addresses, December 30, 2019; Georgia Tech student data, March 2019. What do all of these breaches have in common? The data that was stolen was inside a database. Yet when most companies think about data security, they still focus on securing the network, and spend very little time and energy making sure the databases—where…..

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  • Database Patch News — February 2020 (Issue 2)

    Feb 19, 2020

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Welcome to Database Patch News, Buda Consulting’s monthly newsletter of current patch information for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

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  • Cloud Customers Need to Secure Their Own Data

    Jan 31, 2020

    Reading Time: 2 minutes The key takeaway is that if you have your data in any cloud service, you must be as rigorous in securing that data as if it were in your own data center—and in some cases even more so.

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  • Communication Breakdown: Avoiding Conflict with Your Customers

    Dec 4, 2019

    Reading Time: 5 minutes This post describes two kinds of situations where conflict is likely to occur if we don’t handle things well, along with some thoughts about how to avoid conflict in these and other instances.

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  • Lock the Safe—Secure the Database

    Nov 14, 2019

    Reading Time: 3 minutes You are going away on a much-needed vacation to Aruba. You will only be gone for a week. But you understand the importance of security, so you make sure you lock the windows and doors. You put the lights on a timer so would-be thieves think there is some activity in the house. You cancel the newspaper so they won’t be piling up outside and you ask your neighbor to watch the house in case…..

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  • GDPR Right to Be Forgotten and Other Access Rights

    Oct 31, 2019

    Reading Time: 7 minutes To ease compliance with Article 15, 16, and 17 of GDPR, and to support compliance with other GDPR Articles, we recommend the following steps with regard to handling of personal data.

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  • Database Patch News — November 2019 (Issue 1)

    Oct 29, 2019

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome to Database Patch News, Buda Consulting’s monthly newsletter of current patch information for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Here you’ll find information on available patches—including security patches—and desupported versions made available during the past month.

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  • Donuts and Data Backups

    Oct 3, 2019

    Reading Time: 2 minutes This is the story of a data loss event that changed my young life and put my feet on the path of becoming a DBA.

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  • Why Your Database Management Team Should Regularly Double-Check Your Backups

    Sep 30, 2019

    Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve blogged before about the importance of checking database backups. Over 90% of new clients that we assess have backups that are either incomplete or totally unusable (true statistic!). The following story of a backup failure that happened recently—and the successful double-check by our DBA Scott)—provides a noteworthy example of how bad backups can happen even when you think your process is working. Recently we had a client that was looking to reduce storage costs…..

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