SQL Privacy Summit

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The SQL Privacy Summit, Redgate’s new event for data professionals, to improve skills and knowledge on compliant database DevOps, was held on Friday May 18th, 2018.

All data professionals hold responsibility for ensuring that their business meets data privacy and protection obligations, and this Summit focussed on how to ensure your data is compliant and secure.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from leading experts on how to implement new techniques for ensuring the protection of personal information in your databases, while minimising the impact on business as usual.

The Summit agenda included keynotes, sessions, panel discussions, and workshops designed to help you ensure your business has data privacy and protection under control.

  • Learn how to implement ‘Privacy by Design’ as part of your DevOps processes
  • Discuss operational roadmaps for evolving your SQL Server development under the GDPR
  • Share concerns about the key changes of regulation and how it affects personal data in your SQL Server estate
  • Discover how others plan on implementing Redgate's tools to enable compliant database DevOps processes

Key takeaways

  • Learn how to implement reliable and repeatable processes for ensuring the protection of sensitive information across your SQL Server estate
  • Learn how to create a living data catalogue of your SQL Estate and use it to inform GDPR compliant processes across your environments
  • Discover how to ensure your team has access to reliable data for development and testing without risking exposure of sensitive information
  • Understand the business benefits of adopting compliance as part of your database DevOps approach

Session schedule

Time (BST)Session
8:15AM - 9:00AMRegistration and networking Tea, coffee, and pastries
9:00AM - 9:15AMOpening keynote – Is the GDPR a bitter pill, or an opportunity for remedy?
Simon Galbraith, CEO, Redgate Software

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the latest law to put a spotlight on personal information. Driven by the impending May 25 enforcement day, the whole subject of how data is collected, stored, and processed has moved from the backroom to the boardroom. But here's a thought: could it be good for organizations and companies, rather than an unwelcome diversion? In this session you'll learn about the requirements the GDPR places on SQL Server teams, and why the regulation should be embraced by all, not just those aiming to avoid a fine.

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9:15AM - 9:55AM"Show me, don't just tell me!" Data mapping for a new era of oversight
Richard Macaskill, Product Manager, Redgate

Protecting data can be difficult. With data often spread across a growing number of different environments, it's hard to know what to restrict and where it's located. This risks non-compliance, and leaves organizations open to data breaches.

Article 30 of the GDPR (Records of processing activities), requires organizations to not just "maintain a record of processing activities…" but also to "make the record available to the supervisory authority on request." But it doesn't tell you how. In this session you'll learn about practical steps you can take to create a durable and living record of what you hold in your SQL Server estate.

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9:55AM - 10:35AMMinimizing the impact of data breaches in dev and test databases
Steve Jones, Data Platform MVP and Editor at SQLServerCentral.com

According to Gartner, more than 80% of companies use sensitive data in dev and test. Hackers view non-production environments as a tempting target since they often have less rigorous security controls. In this session, you’ll learn about compliant DevOps strategies for reducing your attack surface area, how to put in place reliable and repeatable processes for protecting personal data, and why data masking is fast becoming a best practice for securing sensitive information in dev and test environments.

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10:35AM - 10:50AMMorning break
Networking & delicious bites
10:50AM - 11:30AMThe new rules of SQL Server monitoring
William Durkin, Data Platform MVP and Eelco Drost, Co-founder at Data Masterminds
11:30AM - 12:10PMPanel discussion: Putting the GDPR into practice


  • What are the benefits of following processes introduced in the GDPR above and beyond compliance?
  • Considerations for managing GDPR compliance alongside other regulations: Which regulations take precedence in certain industries and what’s the impact of the GDPR on them?
  • What are the high-risk priorities and procedures you should have in place by now to ensure GDPR compliance?


Alan Calder, IT Governance
James Boother, Coeo Ltd
Ahmed Althamari, PaymentSense
Marco Blasio, PermanentTSB Bank Ireland

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12:10PM - 1:10PMSeated two-course buffet lunch in the Tower Grill restaurant
1:10PM - 2:10PMHow collaboration and DevOps can make you a responsible data controller
Simon Sabin, Director Engineering at Sabin.io Consultancy

More regulators are enforcing the importance of looking after data. PCI, GDPR, FCA, HIPPAA all require you to look after your data. That means not only securing it, but knowing what you have, where it is, why you have it, who has access to it and who has accessed it. Whether you are building a new system, or looking after legacy systems, achieving compliance in these areas can be hard.

In this session we will look at some of the challenges that you will face as you go on the journey of being a responsible data controller. We will look into,

  • Who you need on your bus to data governance
  • The problems you will face
  • How a DevOps mindset can help control and mitigate many of the governance challenges

If you don't think you need to be responsible, then think again. Data is the life blood of a business and to be successful you need users to have access to that data and with that access comes risk and responsibility. Starting from a principle of responsibility will ensure as your business grows the odds of, and potential impact of, a data breach are greatly reduced and mitigated.

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2:10PM - 2:30PMAfternoon break
Networking & delicious bites
2:30PM - 4:00PMWorkshop 1: Business benefits of implementing a data privacy and protection policy - Richard Macaskill, Product Manager, Redgate
Workshop 2: Technical approach to implementation - Tom Austin, Head of Pre-Sales Engineering, Redgate
4:00PM - 4:30PMClosing keynote: Everything we do is fuelled by data and information
Caroline Carruthers, Group Director of Data Management, Lowell Group
4:30PM - 5:30PMNetworking and drinks reception


Steve Jones

Data Platform MVP, Editor at sqlservercentral.com

Steve Jones is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and has been working with SQL Server since version 4.2 on OS/2. After working as a DBA and developer for a variety of companies, Steve co-founded the community website SQLServerCentral.com in 2001.

Since 2004, Steve has been the full-time editor of the site, ensuring it continues to be a great resource for SQL Server professionals. Over the last decade, Steve has written hundreds of articles about SQL Server for SQLServerCentral.com, SQL Server Standard magazine, SQL Server Magazine, and Database Journal.


Simon Galbraith

CEO at Redgate

Simon is the joint founder and CEO of Redgate Software. Over the past 19 years, Simon has been part of Redgate’s growth from a two person firm operating out of a spare room to today’s 230 person outfit with hundreds of thousands of users. Although Simon’s responsibilities are primarily strategic, his background is technical with qualifications including a PhD in physics from Cambridge University and former employment with Shell and ThornEMI.


Richard Macaskill

Product Manager at Redgate

Richard is a Product Manager at Redgate, having previously spent almost 20 years in IT management, database administration, and development for Insurance and Financial Services firms in London, back-filling other roles along the way. He spends much of his time boring anyone in earshot about the DevOps and automation implications of financial compliance and audit.


Caroline Carruthers

Group Director of Data Management, Lowell Group

Caroline is the Group Director of Data Management at Lowell Group, and was previously Network Rail's first Chief Data Officer. Her role was to help Network Rail manage and govern their data, enabling effective, accountable and sustainable management of information.

Caroline draws on experience working across multiple sectors covering CIO/CTO roles through to running large-scale complex IT business change programmes.

Simon Sabin

Director Engineering at Sabin.io Consultancy

Simon is owner of Sabin.io a Data Platform Consultancy that enables companies do more with their data by using Data DevOps to deliver data platforms.

He has worked with data for all his career and worked with companies across all industry sectors including online retail, insurance, finance, motor sport.

Education of people is at the heart of what Simon and his company Sabin.io stand for. It is epitomised by SQLBits, which Simon founded in 2007.


William Durkin

Data Platform MVP and Data Platform Architect at Data Masterminds

William is a Data Platform MVP and Data Platform Architect for Data Masterminds. He uses his decade of experience with SQL Server to help multinational corporations achieve their data management goals. Born in the UK and now based in Germany, William has worked as a Database Developer, System Architect, and DBA on projects ranging from single server installations, up to environments spanning 5 continents, using a range of high availability solutions. William is a regular speaker at conferences around the globe, and organizes the popular event SQLGrillen.


Eelco Drost

Data Platform Architect at Data Masterminds

Eelco Drost is a Data Platform Architect for Data Masterminds. Based in Amsterdam, he has worked as a Database Developer, DBA and (BI) Architect on projects ranging from developing new database solutions, Database Lifecycle Management (DLM), performance tuning or setting up new DBA departments for multinational companies. In 2017 he co-founded Data Masterminds, offering Data related services for companies across Europe.

Tom Austin

Head of Pre-Sales Engineering at Redgate

Tom is an experienced Pre-Sales Engineer who has worked with Redgate SQL Server tools since 2008. During that time he has worked with hundreds of clients across the globe, from start-ups to FTSE/Fortune 100 companies and everything in between. He specialises in helping clients to improve their approach to Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) and has recently been writing and delivering DLM training courses in Europe and Asia.

Alan Calder

Founder and CEO of IT Governance

Alan is the founder and executive chairman of IT Governance. He is an acknowledged international cyber security guru and a leading author on information security and IT governance issues. Alan has written various books including IT Governance: An International Guide to Data Security and ISO27001/ISO27002 5th edition. He is a frequent media commentator on information security and IT governance issues, and has contributed articles and expert comment to a wide range of trade, national and online news outlets.

Ahmed Althamari

DBA at PaymentSense

Ahmed is a Senior Microsoft certified SQL Server DBA/Architect and has over 10 years’ experience in Microsoft SQL Server, PowerShell, Windows Server, and Redgate tools. Ahmed is a continuous integration specalist and administers all production, development and QA SQL Servers/databases and related systems for PaymentSense. Prior to PaymentSense, Ahmed was a DBA for British retailers Harrods and Ryman.

James Boother

Sales and Marketing Director at Coeo Ltd

James is the Sales and Marketing Director at Coeo, a Microsoft Gold Partner providing consulting and managed services for Microsoft data platform and analytics technologies. He has extensive experience within the software industry, and before joining Coeo had 15 years’ experience working as a programmer, system architect, head of technology and consultant. James is also a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server and regularly presents at industry and community events.


Marco Blasio

Data Management Advisor in the Central Data Office at PermanentTSB Bank Ireland

Marco is the Data Management Advisor in the Central Data Office at PermanentTSB Bank Ireland, and has two decades in the Data Management function in large Financial Services environments. He has over 9 years’ experience with DAMA Framework, and recently had the unique opportunity to work on a Bank’s full Lifecycle, from its creation, through its transformations and up to its closure. Marco is the former VP of SQLServer Ireland UG, and is currently Director of Events and Board Member of ISACA Ireland.


The Grange Tower Bridge is a 5-star hotel, close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in London's historic core.


If arriving by train, tube, or DLR, the nearest stations are:

  • Tower Hill (District and Circle Lines)
  • Fenchurch Street (Railway station)
  • Tower Gateway (DLR Station)

Cars and parking

On-street parking is available outside Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. Parking meter charges apply.

The nearest car park is the Minories car park located on 1 Shorter Street.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions about the event, please email Annabel and the Events team at redgateevents@red-gate.com

How much is it?

Standard tickets are £300 including VAT. If you register before March 31 you'll qualify for the early bird rate of £150, including VAT.

What's included in the price of my ticket?

Entrance to the event and the sessions, plus break-time refreshments throughout the day - pastries on arrival, morning and afternoon break-time snacks, and of course a delicious two-course seated buffet lunch.

You'll also be rubbing shoulders with and learning from expert speakers, as well as having the opportunity to network with hundreds of other like-minded professionals.

How do I qualify for a discount?

If you have an Account Manager at Redgate, reach out to them via email to ask for a special link to allow you to register for a reduced rate.

My company needs to pay this by invoice - is that possible?

Yes, please email redgateevents@red-gate.com with the details of who we should make the invoice out to and we'll arrange it for you.

Can I cancel my ticket after I've purchased it?

Once you're confirmed to attend SQL Privacy Summit, your ticket is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, you can transfer it to a colleague or someone you know. Just email redgateevents@red-gate.com to let us know who'll be attending instead, so we can get things organized.

Can I order a special meal?

When you register, there's an option to let us know about any dietary requirements/allergies. Vegetarians are covered as standard.

If you didn't provide the right info when registering, or have a more specific meal request and you haven't let us know already, email us at redgateevents@red-gate.com before May 11th, and we'll ensure there's something suitable for you to eat on the day.

Where should I stay the night before?

The Grange Tower Bridge has rooms available, and if you let them know you're attending Redgate's event they'll give you a preferred rate for the Wednesday.

How do I get there?

There are easy train, underground, and DLR links, you can take a taxi, or even drive - details are on our venue tab.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but you might like to make a note of the venue and time details, so you know when and where you need to be!

Can I update my registration information?

Yes - just log back in to Eventbrite and make any amendments. Or if it's easier, email us at redgateevents@red-gate.com

Is this the only location that you're hosting SQL Privacy Summit?

Stay tuned - we're likely to host the event in the US later in the year. Please send us an email at redgateevents@red-gate.com if you'd like us to keep you updated with the info.

What should I bring with me?

Depending on how you prefer to learn, you might like to bring a device to make notes during the sessions and workshop. We'll provide you with a notepad and pen.

What should I wear?

Wear something you feel comfortable in.