Editor's note: Charyn Faenza co-authored this blog. Learn more about Charyn.
As the fun of the festive season ends, the buzz of the new year and the enchantment of SAS Global Forum 2017 begins. SAS Global Forum is a conference designed by SAS users, for SAS users, bringing together SAS professionals from all over the world to learn, collaborate and network in person. Sure, online communication is great, but it’s hard to beat the thrill of meeting fellow SAS users face-to-face for the first time. It feels like magic! To help you prepare for the event, Charyn and I wanted to share a few things including information on metadata security. Read on for more.
Start your SAS Global Forum journey now!
Want to stay up to date with SAS Global Forum activities, and get a head start on your conference networking? Join the SAS Global Forum 2017 online community. Here you can post questions, share ideas, and connect with others before the event. While you are at it, the SAS User Group for Administrators (SUGA) community also feels magical for me. As part of the committee, we regularly get together (virtually!) to discuss and plan exciting events on behalf of SAS administrators around the world. Join the SUGA community and watch for upcoming events, including a live meet-up at SAS Global Forum! That event is scheduled for Monday, April 3, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
During his workshop at SAS Global Forum 2014, Gregory Nelson pointed out that the SAS administrator role has evolved over the years, and so has one of their key responsibilities: security auditing. Once you’ve set up an initial security plan, how do you ensure that the environment remains secure? Can you just “set it and forget it?” Probably not. Especially if you want to ensure regulatory compliance, to maintain business confidence and keep your SAS platform in line with its design specifications as your business grows and your SAS environment evolves.
Thinking about your own SAS platform:
- What would happen in your organization if someone accessed data they shouldn’t?
- When was your last SAS platform security project?
- When was it last tested? How extensive was it? How long did it take?
- Have there been any changes since it was last tested? Whether they are deliberate, accidental, expected or unexpected.
- How do you know if it’s still secure today?