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Encrypting SQL Server Backups

Matthew McGiffen lays out the requirements:

When we talk about protecting our at-rest data, the item that we are likely to be most concerned about is the security of our backups. Backups are generally – and should be – stored off the server itself, and often we will ship copies offsite to a third party where we don’t have control over who can access the data, even if we trust that that will be well managed.

From SQL Server 2014 the product has included the ability to encrypt data while creating a backup. This feature is available in both the standard and enterprise editions of SQL Server, so it is something you can use even when TDE may not be a feature that is available to you.

Click through for a primer on the topic.