SQL Server

Microsoft Azure AI, data, and application innovations help turn your AI ambitions into reality

Welcome to Microsoft Ignite 2023! The past year has been one of true transformation. Companies are seeing real benefits today and are eager to explore what’s next—including how they can do more with their data investments, build intelligent applications, and uncover what AI can do for their business. We recently commissioned a study through IDC […]

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Protect your web apps from modern threats with Microsoft Defender for Cloud

This blog was co-written with Loren Lachapelle, Dotan Patrich, and Assaf Berenson. In this era of AI-driven competition, enterprises of all sizes have prioritized the value of migrating their app development from on-premises to the cloud. As developers rapidly publish new cloud applications, bad actors are equally relentless in seeking new ways to exploit misconfigured

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Octo Tempest crosses boundaries to facilitate extortion, encryption, and destruction

Microsoft has been tracking activity related to the financially motivated threat actor Octo Tempest, whose evolving campaigns represent a growing concern for organizations across multiple industries. Octo Tempest leverages broad social engineering campaigns to compromise organizations across the globe with the goal of financial extortion. With their extensive range of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs),

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Service Endpoints vs Private Endpoints

For a long time, if you were using the multi-tenant, PaaS version on many Azure services, then you had to access them over the internet with no way to restrict access just to your resources. This restriction was primarily down to the complexity of doing this sort of restrictions with a multi-tenant service. At that

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Secure Windows Server 2012/R2 workloads with options from Azure

We are grateful for the trust our customers have placed in Windows Server 2012/R2 as a part of their organizations for the past decade. With this release of Windows Server having launched 10 years ago, it reaches end of support on October 10th, 2023, per our 10-year lifecycle policy. After this date, no more security

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Proactively secure your Google Cloud Resources with Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Introduction  In today’s digital landscape, where over 90 percent of organizations have embraced multicloud1 solutions, security teams face the growing complexity of maintaining robust security controls and cloud security posture across multi-cloud environments. Microsoft Defender for Cloud offers protection for cloud infrastructure, applications, and data providing a single contextual view of cloud risks across Azure, Amazon Web

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Defending new vectors: Threat actors attempt SQL Server to cloud lateral movement

Microsoft security researchers recently identified a campaign where attackers attempted to move laterally to a cloud environment through a SQL Server instance. This attack technique demonstrates an approach we’ve seen in other cloud services such as VMs and Kubernetes cluster, but not in SQL Server. The attackers initially exploited a SQL injection vulnerability in an

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Monthly news – October 2023

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Monthly news October 2023 Edition This is our monthly “What’s new” blog post, summarizing product updates and various new assets we released over the past month. In this edition, we are looking at all the goodness from September 2023.  Microsoft Defender for Cloud The data security dashboard is now available in

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Protect SQL Server 2014 workloads with Azure flexibility

SQL Server has brought reliability and security to mission-critical workloads for 30 years. SQL Server 2022, released November 2022, delivers performance enhancements as well as Azure connectivity for disaster recovery, analytics, and governance. Now customers like Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) are using SQL Server 2022 to expand their capabilities to better support a truly worldwide

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Metadata Driven Pipelines for Dynamic Full and Incremental Processing in Azure SQL

Developing ETLs/ELTs can be a complex process when you add in business logic, large amounts of data, and the high volume of table data that needs to be moved from source to target. This is especially true in analytical workloads involving Azure SQL when there is a need to either fully reload a table or

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