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A Primer on Transparent Data Encryption

Matthew McGiffen walks us through the intention of Transparent Data Encryption:

Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) was introduced in SQL 2008 as a way of protecting “at rest” data. It continues to be available in all versions of SQL right up until the present, until recently it was only available in the Enterprise editions of SQL Server but from SQL 2019 it was made available in standard edition.

Read on for more detail.