The utility and necessity of data masking

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As of May 25th, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in effect. This means that, from that date on forward, the same strict privacy laws apply throughout the European Union.

Within many organizations test environments are filled with copies of production data. The use of production data for testing purposes involves two major issues:

  1. Production systems usually contain (privacy sensitive) personal data. The use of this data entails a real privacy risk and may result in brands damage or harm a organizations reputation. In addition, the legislator has forbidden to use personal data containing production data for testing purposes.
  2. The (increasing) size of production systems often results in increasing test data also claiming a substantial (and unnecessary) part of resources. Besides the extra use of storage, it also impacts the time needed to deploy a ready to use a test environment.

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The utility and necessity of data masking

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