Roles of the DBA

Today I continue sharing some things I learned watching a seminar about becoming a DBA. There are two main types of DBAs: (1) the development DBA and (2) the operational DBA. The seminar I watched focues on the operational DBA.

This type of DBA needs strong customer service skills. You will be talking to a lot of people. In fact, you will be the liason between many groups. Consider yourself the point of contact for all things support related.

Take responsibility. A DBA is the guardian of the data. You must own your platform like you own a house. Uptime is your responsibility.

One major part of a DBA's responsibility is to guard against SQL injection attacks. Apps must sanitize user input. Many web apps do not. The result is that hackers can send in SQL statements, and maybe even compromise your database box.