Camouflage Updates Data Masking Software
November 1, 2011 Alex Woodie
Camouflage Software is providing customers with new ways of accessing its data masking functionality–including via API and as a component of an ETL process–with the version 4.2 release of its eponymous Camouflage Data Masking Solution.
Camouflage Software has specialized in data masking since it was called in by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2001 to assist with the testing of a PeopleSoft application. The Mounties flatly refused to hand over its internal database to test the new application against it, as it would have been a major security breach. Instead, it spent a lot of time and money altering the contents of the database by hand, so it could be used for testing.
Such was the genesis of Camoflage Software, which soon went into business making software that would mask the contents of databases, while keeping them usable for development and testing purposes. The St. John’s, Newfoundland, company added support for DB2/400 about two years ago, providing coverage across all major versions of DB2.
With the recent release of Camouflage version 4.2, the vendor has added several new capabilities, including a new ETL Masking Engine, which complements the existing “in-place” masking architecture. Instead of modifying data in place, the ETL Masking Engine masks data as it’s copied from one system to another. This new feature integrates with the existing subsetting module, Camouflage says.
This release also introduces the Transformer API, which allows customers to call data masking processes from outside the product. Camouflage says this capability will integrate directly with any home-grown or commercial applications. Camouflage has also unveiled new Transformer Plugins that should make it easier to implement data masking rules and policies.
For more information on Camouflage Data Masking, see the vendor’s website at www.datamasking.com.