Masterclass: Hacking and Securing SQL Server with Mike Jankowski-Lorek, Ph.D.

Open Virtual Class – Super Intensive Remote Training with Labs!
May 24th – 28th, 2021 (9:00am – 4:00pm CEST Monday to Friday)

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This is an international Live Virtual Class, which means you will share the learning experience in a group of IT pros from around the world! The class is taught in English by Mike Jankowski-Lorek, Ph.D. who is one of the core CQURE’s Cybersecurity Experts, and also CQURE’s Director of Consulting! Please Remember that this course is limited to 12 participants total to ensure the highest quality and unique learning experience! During this course you will have an opportunity to interact with the instructor and get Mike’s help with any problems you might encounter, just as if it was a regular class.

Unique content and approach:
In this workshop you will analyze, learn and practice critical tasks for implementing highly secure SQL Server infrastructure. We’ll start with identifying security needs regarding database servers and look at the most common attack types and use them on ‘out of the box’ installation. In simple words we will hack our systems!

Then we will discuss impact of system and network security on databases server. Next, we will go through every layer of protection offered by SQL Server with lots of real-life examples and hands on labs. At the end we will look at the monitoring and auditing our infrastructure to detect threats and react to them. Additionally, we’ll play with security of other SQL Services and Azure SQL Databases. Our goal is to show and teach you how to protect your precious data in SQL Server environment and how database security mechanisms work. After the course you will be able to test and secure your SQL Server infrastructure. And to get more practice we offer three extra weeks of labs online!

This course is ideal for:
Database administrators, infrastructure architects, security professionals, system engineers, advanced database developer, IT professionals, security consultants and other people responsible for implementing databases security.

To attend this training you should have good hands-on experience in administering Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure. At least 2 years in the field is recommended.

Unique exercises:
This course is a must-go for database administrators, IT professionals and security officers dealing with database servers. Delivered by highly skilled SQL and database enthusiast with practical knowledge, multiple successful projects, many years of real-world experience and great teaching skills. The course has a form of intense workshop where we make a deep dive inside the SQL Server. All exercises are based on SQL Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019.

We want you to leave the class with scripts, checklists and practical, ready-to-use knowledge of how to hack, test and secure your SQL Server infrastructure!

Platform and Technical Requirements:
To participate in the course you need a Stable internet connection. For best learning experience we also need you to have a webcam, headphones and a microphone. Open RDP port 3391 for the connection to the Lab environment is needed as well. We will setup a secure Zoom classroom for every day of the course – we will send you a safe link to join the conference by e-mail.

After finishing the course, you will be granted a CQURE Certificate of Completion. Please note that after completing the course you will also be eligible to claim CPE points!


Module 1

Module 1 Hacking SQL Server Infrastructure

  • a) Discovering SQL Server instances
  • b) SQL injection using men in the middle
  • c) Capturing SQL credentials using men in the middle
  • d) Decrypting SQL Logins passwords
  • e) Gaining access to SQL Server on compromised Windows Server

Module 2

Module 2: SQL Server security baseline concepts

  • a) Defining security objectives
  • b) Configuring service accounts
  • c) Auditing database permissions
  • d) Implementing physical protection
  • e) Configuring firewall
  • f) Securing client-server communication

Module 3

Module 3: SQL Server Instance security

  • a) Limiting permissions
  • b) Securing CLR
  • c) Implementing protection for extended procedures
  • d) Protecting linked servers (OPENROWSET)
  • e) Securing by using policies
  • f) Hiding instance metadata

Module 4

Module 4: Managing Logins and Passwords

  • a) Authentication options
  • b) Implementing password policies
  • c) Securing connection strings
  • d) Customizing login / user authorization

Module 5

Module 5: Encryption in SQL Server

  • a) Key management
  • b) Code and data encryption
  • c) Managing certificates
  • d) Transparent database encryption
  • e) Encryption in HA and Disaster Recovery

Module 6

Module 6: Protecting database backups

  • a) Securing backup files
  • b) Setting backup file passwords and encryption
  • c) Handling keys and certificate backups
  • d) Security considerations while restoring to another SQL Server instance

Module 7

Module 7: Monitoring and auditing

  • a) Login auditing options
  • b) Data access auditing
  • c) Data Manipulation Language custom auditing
  • d) Policy-based management
  • e) Forensics case study

Module 8

Module 8: Securing other SQL Server services

  • a) SQL Server Agent
  • b) SQL Server Analysis Services
  • c) SQL Server Reporting Services
  • d) Azure SQL Database
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Mike Jankowski-Lorek, Ph.d.

Cybersecurity Expert, CQURE's Director of Consulting

Mike Jankowski-Lorek is a solution architect, developer, data scientist and security expert with more than 12-years’ experience in the field. He designs and implements solutions for Databases, Network & Management area, mainly for Microsoft platform for medium to enterprise level organizations. Mike holds multiple certifications, especially security, database and software development related. He is one of core Experts at CQURE and holds a PhD in Computer Science.