In SQL Server the Service Master Key is probably the most important encryption entity. Because of that, it needs to be protected and backed up. Read on to discover how to take a backup of this key encryption key.
Discover how to create and protect the Database Master Key that builds the base of a database encryption hierarchy and in turn can protect certificates and asymmetric keys in its database.
Discover how the service master key is created, what it protects and how it is protected itself, and learn about the two important security implications that arise from the protection mechanism used.