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Business Processes, Privacy Leaks and Data Masking

Business Processes, Privacy Leaks and Data Masking

Data Masking is a simple and a lightweight technical solution for a fundamental business problem of data leaks

By Vitaly Dubravin

Data Masking is a simple and a lightweight technical solution for a fundamental business problem of data leaks. Yes, data leaks, contrary to a common misperception, are triggered not by the holes in our security systems, but by the business processes and  mysterious “business needs”.   Business decisions, often spontaneous, are responsible for most privacy violations and personal data leak disasters of the 21stcentury.

Amount of data accumulated in the computer systems worldwide is doubled every 11 hours (per IBM research) and it would be rational to blame IT for the inability to manage and protect big data. IT security budgets are exploding, corporate strategists put data protection on the top of CxO’s score card, and privacy challenges are getting into board meeting agendas.  You’d assume that spotlighting privacy protection should bring some tangible results, but the issue is only getting worse. Either corporate IT is managed by mentally retarded people worldwide, that is hard to believe, or we are looking for a solution in the wrong place. The Sony privacy disaster sequel is most recognizable by the public, but is not the only one. Wikileaks has vividly demonstrated how sensitive information can easily be obtained without hacking though whistleblowers and simple social engineering attacks. But the people being targeted in such attacks should not, for any practical reason, have access to datasets they’ve disclosed.

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