IBM data-masking release

Data protected from external parties

IBM has introduced a service to mask sensitive customer data so it can safely be used for application testing.

The service is based on IBM's WebSphere business intelligence technology and consultancy from its Global Business Services group.

IBM says the consultants will study the client's needs and then apply data-masking algorithms to identify sensitive data and overlay it with other values — false ones, but ones which look realistic — so that applications using the data continue to work normally.

According to IBM, this means that a company can employ external software developers and others to work on a project without having to give them access to its confidential data.

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