How to Ensure Data Security for Non-Production Computer Systems

 
 
By Suzanne Swanson  |  Posted 2008-06-24 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Protect Confidential Data in Non-Secure Environments

To help secure the many unprotected copies of confidential data that exist across the enterprise, a new class of data security software for data obfuscation is available that enables organizations to automatically apply protection schemes to sensitive data while maintaining its integrity and test validity. The benefit of data obfuscation software is that even when a laptop or external storage device "disappears," the data stored on these devices will be in a masked format, which is useless to data thieves. The best data obfuscation software will enable you to apply security rules across the enterprise and can be integrated into your data security infrastructure.

To address data security at the application development level, three crucial components should be considered. First, organizations should seek a solution that enables them to use, customize and create sophisticated rules for masking or obfuscating sensitive information that has been moved into testing, training and other sandbox environments. Second, they should ensure their solution provides some level of access control and monitoring. Finally, an effective solution will automatically identify and change every instance of sensitive data element in SAP's complex data structures to minimize manual processes involved in securing information across all testing and development processes and systems.

Make the Investment in Security

According to Gartner Research, businesses experience losses of up to $60 billion annually due to security gaps. In fact, removing a defect after software is operational can cost between two and five times as much as correcting the error within the development and QA process.

Beyond meeting legal requirements imposed by data privacy regulations, such as the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements, maintaining data security on development, test and training systems can lower exposure to legal costs incurred in defending lawsuits by avoiding circumstances where sensitive data is lost, stolen or inappropriately accesses and used for illegal purposes.

By following the three basic rules-first, understanding the threat in non-production environments; second, using data obfuscation tools and access control; and third, investing in appropriate security measures in the front end-you can be sure you are taking the necessary steps to prevent security breaches of sensitive personal information.

Suzanne Swanson leads Applimation's business development, product management and marketing teams.

Ms. Swanson has more than 17 years of experience in planning and executing strategic business opportunities for leading enterprise software companies. Prior to joining Gamma, she was senior vice president of business development at Patchlink. Before that, she was the senior director of global OEM sales at Symantec. Ms. Swanson has also held executive positions in business development and sales at SecurityFocus and Computer Associates.

Ms. Swanson majored in Business Administration at the
University of Kansas.



 
 
 
 
Suzanne Swanson leads Applimation's business development, product management and marketing teams. Ms. Swanson has over 17 years of experience in planning and executing strategic business opportunities for leading enterprise software companies. Prior to joining Gamma, she was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Patchlink. Before that, she was the Senior Director of global OEM sales at Symantec. Ms. Swanson has also held executive positions in business development and sales at SecurityFocus and Computer Associates. Ms. Swanson majored in Business Administration at the University of Kansas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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