Microsoft tightens database security

Microsoft is making its newest database software tougher to crack.

The company plans to announce on Tuesday that its SQL Server 2005 database--developed under the code-name Yukon--will include new encryption capabilities to make it more difficult for hackers and other unauthorized users to access information.

Microsoft already offers tools to encrypt data sent over a network between SQL Server and client applications. The new release of SQL Server, due early next year, will encrypt data stored within the database, making it much more resistant to attacks, said Kirsten Ward, a product manager at Microsoft. The software maker earlier this year delayed the release of SQL Server 2005 until the first half of next year. The release is designed to beef up the computing capabilities of the database to compete better with Oracle and IBM. It will also debut a new unified storage concept that will make it easier to find and retrieve data.

News source: C|Net News.com

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