SQL Server 2000 is the Key to Database Security

REDMOND, Wash., April 10, 2001 — Built with security as a top consideration, Microsoft® SQL Server™
2000 allows administrators to configure database security flexibly, and supports the U.S. government certification for C2-level installations in sensitive environments. Of the current version enterprise databases from Oracle Corp., IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp., only SQL Server 2000 has achieved a C2 or higher rating from the National Security Agency (NSA), making it a National Security Agency Trusted Product. This rating places SQL Server 2000 in consideration for government contracts that have stringent data security requirements while offering reassurance to corporate customers needing to tightly control systems in their own environments.

A C2 rating requires mechanisms to protect data, while allowing users to share information under their control with other specified users, enforce accountability, prevent access to residual information from a previous user’s actions, and provide for the auditing of security-related events. SQL Server 2000 includes tools that allow database administrators to enable these security options easily. In addition, detailed security information for SQL Server 2000 is included in the online documentation for the product, at SQL Server 2000 Books Online ( http://www.microsoft.com/sql/productdoc/ ), and in an SQL Server 2000 security white paper at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/2000securityWP.htm .

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the complete database and analysis offering for rapid delivery of the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions.

Additional information on Microsoft’s commitment to customer security can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/security/issues/c2evaluation.asp or at the Microsoft Security adviser site, http://www.microsoft.com/security/ .

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