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October Meetup: Encryption and Data Security

Data security is important to everyone in our industry.

Recent events in cyber-space have proven once again how important internet security is.  Whether you are a large corporation collecting data from millions of users or a small company that relies on data to drive your systems, data security is vital to your organization.  And you need to be able to trust that the programmers building and maintaining your systems are doing everything possible to protect your investments.

That's why our October Meetup focused on encryption and data security.  Wayne Bailey, a Microsoft Certified SQL Administrator and Developer/Project Manager at Spud Software for 9 years, illuminated potential risks and flaws in encryption methods as well as best practices and new technologies for protecting user data.
Included in his presentation were:
  • Hashing and breaking a hash
  • Ways to crack encryption, including flaws in encryption methods, brute force, TEMPEST and Side Channel attacks.
  • What is "Perfect Encryption" (One Time Pad)
  • Salts
  • Key Stretching
As always, Spud Software is excited about not only helping local developers learn and grow their skills, but providing our community with quality programming resources. Training sessions such as this latest meetup benefit developers and businesses alike as these programmers can take what they've learned to improve data security in their software solutions.
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