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Far too many web database application designers rely entirely on “permiter defense” for 100% of their data security. But with increasingly complex applications and increasingly sophisticated attackers, it’s no longer adequate (if it ever was) to only use web server and simple middleware tools to lock up your data; you need full-stack security, down to the database level.
Database guru Josh Berkus will briefly go over some basic techniques for integrated data security for RDBMS-based web applications, including:
While examples will be based on PHP & PostgreSQL, they should be applicable to other platforms.
Josh Berkus is primarily known as one of the Core Team of the world-spanning open source database project PostgreSQL. He has been
involved with various open source projects since 1998, including SPI, OpenOffice.org, LedgerSMB, Bricolage and OpenBRR and is on the selection committee for OSCON, Sun Microsystems employs Josh in its Database Technolgy Group as the strategic lead for
Sun’s PostgreSQL for Solaris product offering. He also makes pottery.