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Key Data Masking Tools

Ever since the advent of private and sensitive information, there have been attackers that have tried to reach that data and use it for malicious purposes.

Many data masking software have been developed to make the task of accessing sensitive data ineffective. Each of the techniques has their strengths and weaknesses with each technique typically being best applied to a specific data type.

Following are the key data masking tools:

  • Substitution
    It refers to randomly substituting the contents of a column of data with entirely unrelated data, but the data looks identical to original data. Substitution is one of the
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Database Firewall and Intrusion Detection

Firewalls are used to guard home networks as well as corporate networks. A standard firewall program or hardware device filters all data coming from the Internet to your network or computer system. Many types of firewall techniques will avert possibly unsafe data from getting through; intrusion detection is one of such technique which is available in many firewalls.

What is Intrusion Detection?

Intrusion detection is a highly developed feature of the firewall, and a lot of firewalls such as ICF are short of this feature. Intrusion detection systems (IDSs) can recognize attack signatures or patterns, cause alarms to aware the …

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Learn the basics of Database Security

Though some attackers still concentrate on denial of service attacks and destruction, cyber criminals frequently target the database because that is where the wealth is. The databases sites hold a huge deal of valuable data for someone looking to steal credit card information or personal details.

Database security itself is an enormously profound subject that may perhaps never be covered in the course of one article, but there are only some best practices that can assist even the smallest of organizations protect their database enough to make an attacker shift on to an easier target.

  1. Separate the Database and Web
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Ways to Install Database Firewall

There are various ways to install enterprise firewalls, depending on necessities and the use cases for the device. If they are not rightly organized then, you’ll end up with either too many or too fewer boxes, single spots of failure, suboptimal network access, or inferior quality application performance.

We could talk about all sorts of different models and use fancy names like Tiered, mesh, peer to peer, and the like for them — but fortunately, the situation isn’t that complicated. To select the most suitable architecture you must consider few points:

  • Public or private network– It is necessary to
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Structure of a Cyber Attack

When we include security features into our application’s design and execution, it helps to have a better understanding of the thinking process of attackers. The countermeasures can be applied more effectively by thinking like attackers and having an awareness of their possible strategies.

Having an understanding of the critical approach used by attackers to target your database network is helpful in better preparing for the protective measures. The key steps in attacker’s line of attack are summarized below:

  • Survey and Evaluate
    Surveying and evaluating the possible target are done in aggregation. The first typical step an attacker takes is to
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Steps to Implement Data Masking

Data masking refers to obscuring particular records of sensitive data within the database. Masking of data makes sure that confidential information is substituted with realistic but not the real set of data in the testing environment. It helps in accomplishing both the aims – protecting sensitive data and making sure that test data is valid and testable. Data masking is not merely about Test Data. In fact, this approach applies to every situation where an organization does not want to expose real information.

There are many ways to implement data masking. It could be as a replacement of existing records …

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Five Rules for Masking your Sensitive Data

Each data masking platform substitutes the data factors with similar values, optionally moving masked data to a new location. Masking generates a proxy data replacement which maintains a fraction of the value of the original data. The main point is to create data that looks and acts like the original data, but which is less sensitive and doesn’t pose a risk of disclosure, allowing the use of tight security control measures for masked data repositories. As a result of it, the scope and difficulty of IT security efforts are reduced. Masking should work with basic data repositories, such as files …

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Architectures of Database Masking

It is often necessary to hide data in test and development databases to prevent it from inappropriate visibility. There are many elements which can cause troubles when masking data. Data masking provides a substitute control that permits secured data to remain functional, but a cautious understanding of masking architecture is required to ensure that secrecy and privacy are adequately protected.

There are two key types of architectures which are used in the designing of data masking software.

  • On the Fly, Server-To-Server, Data Masking Architecture
  • In-Situ Data Masking Architectures

On the Fly, Server-To-Server, Data Masking Architectures
In this architecture, the data …

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What can a Database Firewall protect against?

A database is the chief repository and recovery system for an organization’s critical data—and protecting that database is essential. As more application traffic flows over the web, sensitive information is opened to new security vulnerabilities and attacks. Organizations need a stable database security solution that can see all traffic, reduce exposure to database servers, and stop advanced targeted attacks. A database firewall helps you evade costly breaches by efficiently protecting sensitive databases from attacks, data theft, and loss.

Some firewalls allow only email traffic through them, thus protecting the network from any attacks besides the attacks against the email service. …

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Data Masking at a Glance

The more we associate data with our business processes, the more valuable it becomes and so risky to handle it securely. Health care records, personal information, credit card details are turning to be more and more vulnerable to hackers. One has to get rid of random access and copies of the essential data. In such situation, the issue one faces, at first, is how to protect data without disturbing the regular business processes and applications. The answer to this is Data Masking.
Data Masking replaces sensitive data with non-sensitive proxy in such a manner that the copies of the data …

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