Dynamic Data Obfuscation Comes to U.S.

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2009-06-11 Print this article Print

Silos-Connect Technologies CEO Tony Cannizzo says notorious data breaches are leading people to overemphasize endpoint security, when it is equally important to secure data at its database source. Cannizzo says protecting data in databases goes beyond static encryption and requires a flexible approach to data obfuscation.

Thieves making off with laptops, hackers planting a Trojan in a store kiosk to send data to the Ukraine-these are the data breaches that gather the headlines. The result is an overemphasis on endpoint security, according to Tony Cannizzo, CEO of Silos-Connect Technologies, a distributor of database technology in Atlanta.

Securing the perimeter may be job one, but at least equally important is securing data at its source-in the enterprise database. To that end, Cannizzo asserts that protecting data in databases requires a flexible approach to data obfuscation, not simply the use of static encryption.

Since April, Silos-Connect has been distributing data obfuscation technology from ActiveBase, an Israeli company founded in 2002 by several Oracle veterans. With about 50 implementations in Europe, ActiveBase offers three complementary products: ActiveBase Security, ActiveBase Performance and ActiveBase Priority.

To read more about data obfuscation, click here.

The key ActiveBase technology is software that inspects database requests prior to execution. Policies can identify requests for sensitive data and mask data from specified individuals.

"We're like the toll booth," Cannizzo said. "Even with database encryption and existing data obfuscation tools, there is still a version of the database-the source-that you can't encrypt.

"Our sweet spot is controlling privileged user access to that," he said, adding, "ActiveBase Security recognizes production DBAs and hides sensitive data from unauthorized privileged users."

ActiveBase customers use ActiveBase to hide confidential customer information in its databases from the eyes of offshore outsourcing partners.

ActiveBase now works only with Oracle databases, but Cannizzo said plans are in place to support DB2 and SQL Server databases in early 2010. ActiveBase is licensed according to the number of CPU cores and servers monitored.

Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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