IBM DB2 Anonymous Resolution lets organizations share proprietary data while maintaining privacy

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-130
May 24, 2005

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Offering Information
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability dates TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

DB2 Anonymous Resolution V3.8 enables organizations to share data by transforming clear text information into an indecipherable, irreversible format using industry-standard one-way hashing algorithms. Benefits include:

  • Reduces the risk of unintended disclosure of sensitive information.
  • Enables the exchange and correlation of information not previously possible.
  • Protects the anonymity of organizations' most valuable data.
  • Prevents data gathered for one purpose being re-purposed for another.
  • Keeps data under the control of the data owner.

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Overview

DB2® Anonymous Resolution is the latest in the EAS suite of Entity Analytic middleware solutions providing a complementary value proposition to our Identity Resolution and Relationship Resolution software, as well as a stand-alone value proposition.

Anonymous Resolution offers revolutionary, patent-pending technology that allows organizations to resolve identities using only anonymized data from contributing systems. This anonymization allows two or more organizations to compare and correlate their proprietary data in a manner that never exposes the organizations' sensitive data values, to identify matches, as well as obvious and non-obvious relationships on demand.

Anonymous resolution is made possible by IBM's proprietary preprocessing technology that performs sophisticated cleanup and data normalization and enhancement functions on each data field. The software then processes the data through a one-way hash function — a unique value that represents original data in a form that is mathematically indecipherable and irreversible. The transformed data can then be shared with another party while the actual data bits remain anonymous.

Anonymized data is then resolved and when a match or relationship is found, DB2 Anonymous Resolution can be configured to generate immediate real-time alerts and notifications based on the type of match or relationship discovered. Since these alerts are being produced from an anonymized data set, the only information end users will receive is a pointer to the original data source, which always resides with the original data owner. Mission owners will use this pointer on a need-to-know basis to gain access to the original source record, with all of the prerequisite permissions and precautions required by law and the data owners' privacy policies. Anonymous Resolution will significantly reduce the risk of unattended disclosure of an organization's sensitive information while also limiting the possibilities of data being re-purposed beyond the scope of its original intent.

DB2 Anonymous Resolution V3.8 is added to the previously announced:

  • DB2 Identity Resolution Processor
  • DB2 Relationship Resolution Processor

 
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Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.
 
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Planned availability dates
  • June 14, 2005 (electronic software delivery)
  • July 14, 2005 (media and documentation)

Note: The availability dates apply to the DB2 Anonymous Resolution media pack. The other media packs included in this announcement are already available.
 
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Description

Architecture

There are two main components in DB2 Anonymous Resolution, the anonymizer and the resolver.

The anonymizer performs the initial processing of raw data into anonymous data using hashing algorithms. The original data cannot be recovered directly from this anonymous version. However, the output can contain the original record IDs, which enables the location of the original records, while leaving access control where it belongs, with the original data holder.

The resolver component does identity resolution and relationship resolution on anonymous data and generates alerts based on the results.

The components communicate with each other through flat files containing UMF (XML tagged Universal Message Format) records. The components may be run at separate sites, and the resolver can process data made by several different anonymizers as long as they have the same configuration.

General characteristics

  • Match substantially similar to DB2 Relationship Resolution.
  • Run Anonymous Resolution anonymizer at different site from Anonymous Resolution resolver.
  • Support:
    • Multiple Anonymous Resolution anonymizer sites.
    • User-defined attribute types.
    • Reading from files.
  • Original data cannot be recovered from anonymous data.
  • Includes a demonstration user interface (UI) running on Windows™/DB2

Anonymous data format requirements

  • Supports pointers to data holder systems and record locators
  • Handles user-defined attributes (have to be consistent within an anonymizer/resolver group)

Anonymizer requirements

  • Low cost of deployment
    • No message queues required.
    • Able to operate without an RDBMS.
    • Able to operate without Group 1 but can take advantage of Group 1.
  • Acquisition node technologies and UMF, XML identical to DB2 Relationship Resolution.
  • Output data is sufficient to perform entity resolution and relationship awareness.

Resolver requirements

  • Matching capabilities substantially similar to existing products (DB2 Relationship Resolution).
  • Matching rules are configurable.
  • Role based alerting.
  • Database persisted alerting (full-featured alerting will be developed by Pro Services.)
  • Alerts and alert details will be visible through the console.

DSN and impersonal relationship awareness

DB2 Anonymous Resolution will not include an equivalent of DB2 Relationship Resolution Degree of Separation Node (DSN); nor will it support the IRA functionality of DB2 Relationship Resolution that requires DSN. Support for DSN and IRA could be added at a later date.

The DSN is configured to evaluate relationships through 30 degrees of separation, based on the specific application. You can determine the degree of sensitivity with which to operate. This is accomplished with the DSN.

Platforms

There are three supported platforms, which will include installers, specifically:

  • Windows: DB2
  • AIX®: DB2
  • Solaris: Oracle

Additionally, the following platforms will build and pass minimal testing, but include no installers:

  • HP-UX: DB2 and Oracle
  • SGI: DB2 and Oracle
  • Linux™: Oracle
  • Windows: SQL Server

The Configuration Console and demonstration UI will run on the JBoss J2EE Application Server.
 
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Product positioning

DB2 Anonymous Resolution software enables multiple organizations to compare and correlate their proprietary data in a manner that never exposes organizations' sensitive data values, while still making it possible to detect fuzzy matches and non-obvious relationships.
 
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Reference information

Refer to Software Announcement 205-027 , dated February 1, 2005.

Trademarks

 
DB2 and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® Web site


 
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Publications

No publications are shipped with this product.

The IBM Publications Center

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or identities number for 50 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries free of charge.

The IBM Publications Notification System (PNS)

PNS enables subscribers to set up profiles of interest by order number or product number. PNS subscribers automatically receive e-mail notifications of all new publications defined in their profiles. These can then be ordered or downloaded from the Publications Center.

The PNS site is available in English and Canadian French.
 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

Hardware requirements are specific to each environment and are based on data requirements.

Software requirements

DB2® Entity Analytics is supported by the following:

  • Platforms:
    • AIX® 5L (for POWER4™ and POWER5™)
    • HPUX V11i for IPF
    • SUSE LINUX™ Enterprise Server IA64
    • Red Hat Linux AS x86
    • Solaris 8
    • Solaris 9
    • Windows™ 2000
    • Windows 2003
  • Databases:
    • DB2 V8
    • Oracle 9i
    • Oracle 10g
    • Microsoft™ SqlServer
  • Application servers:
    • JBoss
    • Tomcat

This announcement satisfies requirements from one or more of the worldwide user group communities. Groups include COMMON, COMMON Europe, Guide Share Europe (GSE), InterAction (Australia/New Zealand), Japan Guide Share (JGS), and SHARE Inc.

Planning information

Packaging: DB2 Identity Resolution, DB2 Relationship Resolution, and DB2 Anonymous Resolution will be distributed by version via media packages and electronic software distribution (eSD).

Shipment group

  • Contents for DB2 Identity Resolution
    • 10 DB2 Identity Resolution Product CDs
    • Softcopy product documentation on separate CD
  • Contents for DB2 Relationship Resolution
    • 10 DB2 Relationship Resolution Product CDs
    • Softcopy product documentation on separate CD
  • Contents for DB2 Anonymous Resolution
    • 10 DB2 Anonymous Resolution Product CDs
    • Softcopy product documentation on separate CD

Security, auditability, and control

DB2 Entity Analytics uses the security and auditability features of the host infrastructure including hardware, middleware, and database engines.

The customer is responsible for determining the legal basis on which they can make a data transfer using this anonymization scheme. The customer is also responsible for the evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
 
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Ordering information

This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product information

Licensed function      Product group       Product category
title
 
DB2 Anonymous               DB2            DB2 Data Entity
 Resolution
DB2 Relationship            DB2            DB2 Data Entity
 Resolution
DB2 Identity                DB2            DB2 Data Entity
 Resolution

Charge structure

DB2 Entity Analytics Solutions (EAS) per Processor and Value Unit metrics based on Data Source Records.

  • Existing DB2 EAS customers: DB2 Anonymous Resolution can be purchased as an upgrade to DB2 Identity Resolution and DB2 Relationship Resolution.
  • New DB2 EAS customers: DB2 Anonymous Resolution, when purchased by customers who do not currently use DB2 EAS, includes:
    • DB2 Identity Resolution
    • DB2 Relationship Resolution
    • DB2 Anonymous Resolution

The EAS charge structure provides for:

  • DB2 Identity Resolution Processor
  • DB2 Relationship Resolution Processor
  • DB2 Anonymous Resolution Processor

Upgrade from DB2 Identity Resolution Processor includes:

  • DB2 Relationship Resolution Processor
  • DB2 Anonymous Resolution Processor

DB2 EAS — Number of Processors

DB2 EAS — Per Value Units of Data Source Records (DSRs)

DSR charge metric is a discrete association to the specific identity of a person, place, or thing which has a set of data elements (relative information) entered into the program from a Data Source (DS). The relative information of a DSR can be modified as long as it is modified from the original DS that created it.

Value Units are predefined, tiered groups of DSRs.

Charge metrics definitions

"Per processor" charging under full capacity

In full capacity charging — where charges are based on a capacity-based metric, such as a processor, proofs of entitlement (PoEs) must be acquired for all capacity that is active on the server where the program or a component of the program is run.

For example, a customer orders a server with four processors. The server is shipped with six processors, but two of them are "inactive." Thus, four processors are active for the customer.

Notes

  • IBM defines a physical processor in a computer as a functional unit that interprets and executes instructions. A physical processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic and logic units.
  • Multi-core technology allows two or more processors (commonly called "cores") to be active on a single silicon chip. With multi-core technology, IBM considers each "core" to be a physical processor. For example, in a dual-core chip, there are two physical processors residing on the single silicon chip.
  • In the zSeries Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) environment, each IFL engine is considered a single "physical processor."
  • Threading, a technique that makes a single processor seem to perform as two or more, does not affect the count of physical processors.
  • Where "blade" technology is employed, each "blade" is considered a separate server and charging is based upon the total number of processors on the blade on which the program is run.

Value Unit

A Value Unit is a metric used to compute license quantities and is program-specific.

Passport Advantage program licenses

DB2 Entity Analytics

                                             Part
Part description                             number
 
DB2 Anonymous Resolution
DB2 AnonResDSR Val Unit FR DB2               D554ALL
 IDRes DSR Val Unit TRDUP LIC+SW
 
 MAINT 12 MO
DB2 Anonymous Res Proc fr DB2                D551ZLL
 Reltionship Res Proc TRDUP
 LIC+SW MAINT 12 MO
DB2 Anonymous Resolution Pr fr               D551WLL
 DB2 Identity Res Pr TRDUP LIC+SW
 MAINT 12 MO
IBM DB2 AR DSR Val Unit FR IBM               D553RLL
 DB2 RR DSR Val Unit TRDUP LIC+SW
 MAINT 12 MO
IBM DB2 Anonymous Resolution DSR             E01T6LL
 Value Unit ANNUAL SW MAINT RNWL
IBM DB2 Anonymous Resolution DSR             D553PLL
 Value Unit LIC+SW MAINT 12 MO
IBM DB2 Anonymous Resolution DSR             D553QLL
 Value Unit SW MAINT REINSTATE 12
 MO
IBM DB2 Anonymous Resolution                 E01SKLL
 Processor ANNUAL SW MAINT RNWL
IBM DB2 Anonymous Resolution                 D551ULL
 Processor LIC+SW MAINT 12 MO
IBM DB2 Anonymous Resolution                 D551VLL
 Processor SW MAINT REINSTATE 12
 MO

DB2 Entity Analytics

                                             Part
Part description                             number
 
DB2 Relationship Resolution
DB2 Relationship Res Pr fr DB2               D54XQLL
 Identity Res Pr TRDUP LIC+SW
 MAINT 12 MO
IBM DB2 RR DSR Val Unit FR IBM               D553NLL
 DB2 IR DSR Val Unit TRDUP LIC+SW
 MAINT 12 MO
IBM DB2 Relationship Resolution              E01T5LL
 DSR Value Unit ANNUAL SW MAINT
 RNWL
 
                                             Part
Part description                             number
 
IBM DB2 Relationship Resolution              D553LLL
 DSR Value Unit LIC+SW MAINT 12
 Months
IBM DB2 Relationship Resolution              D553MLL
 DSR Value Unit SW MAINT
 REINSTATE 12 Months
IBM DB2 Relationship Resolution              E01R4LL
 Processor ANNUAL SW MAINT RNWL
IBM DB2 Relationship Resolution              D54XHLL
 Processor LIC+SW MAINT 12 Months
IBM DB2 Relationship Resolution              D54XILL
 Processor SW MAINT REINSTATE
 12 Months

IBM DB2 Entity Analytics

                                             Part
Part description                             number
 
DB2 Identity Resolution
DB2 Identity Resolution DSR                  E01T4LL
 Value Unit ANNUAL SW MAINT RNWL
DB2 Identity Resolution DSR                  D553JLL
 Value Unit LIC+SW MAINT
 12 Months
DB2 Identity Resolution DSR                  D553KLL
 Value Unit SW MAINT REINSTATE
 12 Months
DB2 Identity Resolution                      E01R5LL
 Processor ANNUAL SW MAINT RNWL
DB2 Identity Resolution                      D54XJLL
 Processor LIC+SW MAINT
 12 Months
DB2 Identity Resolution                      D54XKLL
 Processor SW MAINT REINSTATE
 12 Months

Passport Advantage supply

                                             Part
Program name/description                     number
 
DB2 Anonymous Resolution V3.8.0              BB0NNNA
Media Pack English US AIX V5.x,
 Other, Linux for x86Series
 Intel(TM)-based servers CD-ROM
 Digital Disk -- ISO 9660
 Standard V3.8.0
DB2 Identity Resolution V3.8.0               BB0NJNA
Media Pack English US AIX V5.x,
 Other, Linux for x86Series
 Intel-based servers CD-ROM
 Digital Disk -- ISO 9660
 Standard V3.8.0
DB2 Relationship Resolution                  BB0NKNA
 V3.8.0
Media Pack English US AIX V5.x,
 Other, Linux for x86Series
 Intel-based servers CD-ROM
 Digital Disk -- ISO 9660
 Standard V3.8.0

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

DB2 Relationship Resolution V3.8.0

Entitled maintenance   Media packs                 Part
offerings description  description                 number
 
DB2 Entity Analytc     DB2 Relationship            BB0NKNA
 Soltns Reltnship       Resolution English US
 Resolutn DSR Value     AIX V5.x, Other,
 Unit                   Linux for x86Series
                        Intel-based servers
                        CD-ROM Digital Disk —
                        ISO 9660 Standard
IDRELRESSB01           DB2 Relationship            BB0NKNA
                        Resolution English US
                        AIX V5.x, Other,
                        Linux for x86Series
                        Intel-based servers
                        CD-ROM Digital Disk —
                        ISO 9660 Standard

DB2 Identity Resolution V3.8.0

Entitled maintenance   Media packs                 Part
offerings description  description                 number
 
DB2 Entity Analytic    DB2 Identity                BB0NJNA
 Soltns Identity        Resolution English US
 Resolutn DSR Value     AIX V5.x, Other,
 Unit                   Linux for x86Series
                        Intel-based servers
                        CD-ROM Digital Disk —
                        ISO 9660 Standard
IBM DB2 Identity       DB2 Identity                BB0NJNA
 Resolution per         Resolution English US
 Processor              AIX V5.x, Other,
                        Linux for x86Series
                        Intel-based servers
                        CD-ROM Digital Disk —
                        ISO 9660 Standard

DB2 Anonymous Resolution V3.8.0

Entitled maintenance   Media packs                 Part
offerings description  description                 number
 
DB2 Anonymous          DB2 Anonymous               BB0NNNA
 Resolution Processor   Resolution English US
                        AIX V5.x, Other,
                        Linux for x86Series
                        Intel-based servers
                        CD-ROM Digital Disk —
                        ISO 9660 Standard
DB2 Entity Analytic    DB2 Anonymous               BB0NNNA
 Soltns Anonymous       Resolution English US
 Resolutn DSR Value     AIX V5.x, Other,
 Unit                   Linux for x86Series
                        Intel-based servers
                        CD-ROM Digital Disk —
                        ISO 9660 Standard

 
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Terms and conditions

This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. PoE are required for all authorized use.

Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

License information form numbers

Program                       Program             Form
name                          number              number
 
DB2 Entity Analytics          5724-L71            L-JGDS-6BFMN4

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund.

  • For programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and use on home/portable computer?: No

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: Yes and through the Passport Advantage Web site at

IBM Operational Support Services — Support line: No

iSeries™ Software Maintenance applies: No
 
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Trademarks

 
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