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I just wanted to know what my options were for securing and encrypting data for SQL Server 2012 standard edition? We originally were going to use Transparent Data Encryption for restful encryption, but I have just seen that feature is available from Enterprise upwards.

The requirement is to secure the data is based wholly on this is user HR data. The DB itself will be used by a web app (with security around the app added as well). I'm looking now to see purely what we can do from a database side. The data itself should be locked down to HR personnel.

If the answer is purely, "You need to upgrade to Enterprise", that is fine.

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    Why not upgrade to SQL Server 2016 SP1 and take advantage of the previously-enterprise-only security features (such as Always Encrypted, Row-Level Security, and Dynamic Data masking)? Are you stuck with 2012? – SQL_Deadwood Jan 4 '17 at 16:40

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