Credit card data protection is a serious problem with over 500 million records containing sensitive data breached since 2005 according to PrivacyRights.org. Yet, even today, many organizations still have not taken adequate steps to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Non-production databases represent a big part of the challenge as sensitive data is often copied from production and left unprotected on development servers, laptops and test instances. PCI DSS Requirement 3.4 states that stored cardholder data must be protected “anywhere it is stored.”
“The problem is small and mid-sized companies don't have dedicated security staff to manage complicated security systems. For products to help small companies they've got to be dead simple to use, automate basic security functions and save them time. The product has to make their jobs easier, not be their job.” according to Adrian Lane, CTO at Securosis.
Data masking has emerged as a best practice to protect non-production data because unlike encryption, masking is able to support the entire application development lifecycle. Data masking removes personally identifiable information such as a person’s name and account, credit card, or social security number, and transforms it into contextually accurate, albeit fictionalized, data. By obfuscating the information, data masking de-identifies personally identifiable information. And because it is no longer confidential, masked data is acceptable for use in non-production environments such as application development.
“We were able to download the software and mask an entire landscape of non-production instances in less than an hour,” said Sadagopan Singam, Vice President, HCL America. “It was easy, and best of all, the software was free.”
“Data must be protected where it lives - in the database,” said John Ottman Executive Chairman, Solix Technologies, Inc. “Non-production data is ground zero for attackers because there is a lot more of it, and fewer controls are in place.”
Solix EDMS Data Masking SE is available for free download immediately at http://www.solix.com/solix-edms-se/
About Solix Technologies Solix Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of Enterprise Data Management (EDM) solutions helps businesses improve application performance, reduce storage costs and meet compliance requirements by achieving Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) goals and data privacy objectives. The Solix Cloud provides a pay-as-you-go model for database archiving and application retirement. The Solix Enterprise Data Management Suite (EDMS) enables organizations to implement Database Archiving, Test Data Management (Data Subsetting), Data Masking and Application Retirement across all enterprise data. Solix Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and operates worldwide through an established network of value added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators.
Visit Solix Technologies on the web at http://www.solix.com and follow Solix on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/solixedms) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/solixtechnologies).