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We don't have SQL Server 2014 or later versions, so I can't take advantage of the backup encryption enhancement available in those. But I would like to know if there are any ways to use any type of encryption for a SQL Server 2012 databases. It could be encrypting the database, backup, or any other object. Any help is appreciated along with the scripts to do so if available.

  • Have you considered using powershell to compress it with a password? I would highly recommend test restoring regularly as a best practice but especially if you go this route. That's a free solution, RedGate/LiteSpeed or 3rd party tools also have backup encryption on the fly. – Ali Razeghi Oct 11 '16 at 16:42
  • I haven't considered compressing with password and locking it with password. Have you done this on any database before? – PolDBQ Oct 11 '16 at 17:21
  • I have done it yes. I've noticed a slightly more chance to see a failed restore from backup but that could be due to many things. Just always test restore important backups – Ali Razeghi Oct 11 '16 at 17:26
  • Yeap testing shall be the golden rule. – PolDBQ Oct 11 '16 at 17:36
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    You can simply encrypt your SQL Server database backups using SQLBackupAndFTP - sqlbackupandftp.com/blog/supported-zip-file-encryptions – user89558 Mar 7 '18 at 15:09
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There are plenty of ways to utilize encryption in SQL Server 2012. Here is an article that goes into further detail: http://sqlmag.com/database-security/sql-server-encryption-options

Note, transparent data encryption is only available in Enterprise edition. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc645993(v=SQL.110).aspx

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