This is in the category of people and organizations you should get to know:
If you are a Windows developer and work with Microsoft SQL Server, you should get to know the SQL Server Worldwide User Group (SSWUG). The web site is sswug.org and has a wealth of information about everything you would want to know about SQL Server. And they are even branching out to other database systems like Oracle and IBM DB2. But the emphasis at SSWUG has been on SQL Server and you will find a large number of articles, blogs, videos and other content on wide variety of topics related to SQL Server.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Stephen Wynkoop on a number of occasions and really appreciate his depth of knowledge on security topics related to SQL Server. While not defining himself as a security specialist, Stephen brings a seasoned and mature approach to the subject of database security and I am always impressed with his thoughts and perspective.
Recently SSWUG dedicated a section of their web site to “Townsend Security Tips” where they present videos of Stephen and I discussing security topics ranging from securing data with encryption and key management on SQL Server (not just with EKM) to protecting data in the cloud. Additionally, they post a new security segment just about every week on their homepage, so there is always something fresh. Upcoming sessions include meeting evolving compliance regulations and how to make sure your data is secure when you when trusting it to a hosting company. We have a great time recording these videos, and if you haven’t seen any yet, I urge you to check them out.
In addition to the content on the SSWUG website, SSWUG also holds virtual conferences and Summer Camps that are great online resources for developers.
SSWUG - Get to know them!