Friday, March 16, 2018

Speaking at SQL Saturday Tomorrow

As most of you know I am regarded as one of the SQL gurus among the Microsoft Identity Management gurus. For years, in my book and in speaking I have been recommending Ola Hallengren's SQL Maintenance Solution to help take care of your ILM/FIM/MIM databases. But the SQL Maintenance Plan Wizard has come along way. Tomorrow morning at 10 AM at Grand Canyon University I will be presenting as part of SQL Saturday #726 a showdown between the SQL Maintenance Plan Wizard and Ola's solution, discussing when you want to use one vs the other.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Kerberos, FIDO, what's next?

In the 1980's Steve Miller and Clifford Neuman published a new security protocol, called Kerberos, after the mythical three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades.

In 2014 the alliance published the FIDO standard. This exciting standard is enabling a passwordless world (yet to come). For example you can use a small USB device with a key on it to login instead of entering a password. FIDO 2.0 is requiring two-factor, type in a PIN plus your key. Other options exist as well potentially using Smart Phones, or other devices via USB, Bluetooth or NFC.

What's next more dog name related authentication schemes?

Goofy Authentication -- something like Dance Dance Authentication.

Snoopy Authentication -- you have to fight the Red Baron first.

Scooby Doo -- Solve a mystery in order to log in?

Lassie -- Requires saving Timmy first.

Pluto/Belka -- Must point your telescope at the Star you had named in the star registry.

Spike -- Biometric -- blood sample required.

Marmaduke -- this could work well with kids -- you have to make a mess that is uniquely you!