November is going to be a busy month. #ECOUG and #BGOUG

I stopped tracking the the miles I fly years ago. It seems every other month I’m in another timezone at a conference, learning from the best in the industry. Well in November I will be fortunate to stay in my timezone; speaking at the East Coast Oracle Users Group in Raleigh, North Carolina. https://www.eastcoastoracle.org/index.htm Once I return from ECOUG, I’m on a flight to Sofia Bulgaria for the Bulgarian Oracle Users Group Autumn conference http://www.bgoug.org/en/events/details/98.html, seven hour time difference from Baltimore, Maryland.

What do we get out of my spending so much time traveling?

  1. I get privilege of teaching people how to secure their data. We are seeing the same security mistakes everywhere we go. Therefore I’ve dedicated some of my time to show you these mistakes and how to correct them.
    1. Setting up the Oracle Database environment. A lot of these mistakes are the result of an attitude of, we have strong parameter security, so the proper effort is not put into securing the database. Other mistakes are the result of not understanding how the database works. Sample question: If you take existing data and put it into an encrypted tablespace, is your data encrypted? The answer is yes and no. Yes your data is now encrypted but you still have unencrypted ghost data. I’ll walk you through how to address this ghost data. Most of these mistakes can be easily corrected, others require more engineering.
    2. Application Architecture. We have been designing applications the same way for over thirty years and then wonder why data is spilling. We need to fundamentally rethink how we design database applications. I will show you a secure application architecture that will dramatically improve the security of your data.
    3. Coding Standards. The biggest issue I see in database applications is SQL Injection bugs. I remember sitting in a meeting when the Director of Application Development told me. “There are no SQL Injection bugs in our applications.” We started the pen test and it did not take us very long to extract all of their source code from the database and from there we started extracting their data. Don’t be too confidant, there will always someone out there smarter then you (and smarter than me.)
  2. We get the privilege of learning from the best in the industry. The list of speakers at ECOUG AND BGOUG reads like a Who’s Who from the Oracle space. There are ACE Directors, ACE’s, ACE Associates and Oracle Product Mangers from all over the world along with some that are rising to ACE status. If you want to learn from the best of the best, come on out. Here is the best part, these guys are not only the smartest they are also the nicest people you will encounter. We are always happy to sit down over a beer or two and discuss your specific situation or just chew the fat.

Do you want to kick your career up a several notches? Ask us how to get involved with speaking at Oracle Users Groups.

The BGOUG Conference Agenda: http://www.bgoug.org/upload/events_files/1019_Agenda_201611_Pravets_EN_3.pdf

The ECOUG Conference Agenda: https://www.eastcoastoracle.org/PDF_files/2016/ECO_16_SAG_v2.pdf

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Robert Lockard is a professional Oracle Designer, Developer and DBA working in the world of financial intelligence. In 1987 his boss called him into his office and told him that he is now their Oracle Wizard then handed him a stack of Oracle tapes and told him to load it on the VAX. Sense then, Robert has worked exclusively as an Oracle database designer, developer and Database Administrator. Robert enjoys flying vintage aircraft, racing sailboats, photography, and technical diving. Robert owns and fly’s the “Spirit of Baltimore Hon” a restored 1948 Ryan Navion and lives in Glen Burnie Maryland on Marley Creek

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