When it comes to big data platforms and big data analysis, companies face a very common yet very serious issue: Who should be given access to the data? If you are too cautious, you won’t gain the value you need from your data. But, if you are too lenient, you might just find that your company has a serious data breach. This situation arises because data-centric protection can only be applied after you know where your sensitive data resides!
First, apply software solutions into your environment to discover where the sensitive elements of your data reside. You can’t manage and protect what you don’t know and understand. Content management software secures your business by knowing what data you’ve stored, who has access to it and what policies are most effective in managing it. And, secondly, protect your sensitive data with format-preserving encryption (FPE).
FPE encrypts sensitive data while preserving its original format without sacrificing encryption strength. The fact that the encrypted value has the same size and data format as the original enables FPE to be used with little or no changes to database schemas and applications.
FPE encrypts virtually unlimited data types, including IDs, credit card numbers, VINs, bank accounts, and any classified data types that need encryption. FPE does that while preserving format, relationships, context, and meaning so that analytics can be performed on de-identified data. That, combined with SecureData granular policy control, enables wide access to de-identified data, powering Big Data, cloud, and IoT initiatives while using policy management control to limit access to highly sensitive data.
This solution not only helps you become more compliant with relevant data protection legislation, but it also enables data access to a much broader range of people within your company (from data scientists to business users), without putting the underlying sensitive customer data at risk. In the end, you get end-to-end protection for your sensitive data—in use, in motion, and at rest.
To learn more, check out SecureData or see us at the Chief Data Officer Exchange event in London, 24–25 March 2020.
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