IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution V2.2 lets you mask and transform sensitive dataIBM United States Software Announcement 211-161
May 24, 2011
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|At a glance|
The IBM® InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution provides extensive and effective capabilities for performing "mask in place" operations on sensitive data in nonproduction environments.
New versions of Optim Data Masking Solution provide organizations the ability to mask and transform sensitive data. These solutions:
- Substitute valid fictionalized values for confidential data and generate accurate test results
- Support efforts to comply with privacy regulations and corporate governance standards
- Support native access for Informix®
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With IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution, you can take steps to protect privacy while still providing realistic data for use in development, testing, or training. When you use Optim to mask confidential data, you help protect privacy and better safeguard shareholder value.
Optim's masking techniques include using arithmetic expressions, substrings, random or sequential number generation, date aging, and more.
The Optim components function as follows:
- The Optim Designer, based on the Eclipse platform, builds models and services needed by the management server and its proxies to execute data management operations. Optim services are published to a central registry and then assigned to a management server and proxy where they can be executed from the web-based manager. Optionally, Optim services can be executed locally from the Optim Designer in a test mode without the need to publish.
- The Optim Management Server, based on the Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE 6) platform, delegates the operations in an Optim service, set up in the Optim Designer, to one or more proxies and hosts the centralized repository for models and other information needed to orchestrate the workload.
- The Optim Proxy, based on web services, acts as a trusted extension of the management server, executing one or more Optim services.
- The Optim Manager is a web-based tool hosted by the management server.
- A database contains replacement data as well as predefined source and target data sources.
Features of Optim Data Masking Solution V2.2 include:
- Support for creating global data masking policies
- Rules-based data masking for dates, character and numeric values, email addresses, credit card numbers of the major credit card associations, and the national IDs of Canada, Spain, France, Italy, UK, and US
- Data Privacy Models for masking dates, characters and numbers, and personal identities
- Out-of-the-box replacement data for common attributes such as address, first name, last name, and company name
- Task-oriented UIs for consistent service execution
- Enhanced Scheduling interface
- Enhanced Database Driver upload interface
- Solution launchpad for ease of installation
- Improved diagnostics and messages
- Native database access for Informix
- Manager running from within the Designer can perform the following tasks:
- Execute services
- Publish services to registries
- Export services to files
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The announced product runs on a variety of Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, and Linux® platforms.
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|Planned availability date|
May 27, 2011
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IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking solution provides extensive capabilities for masking sensitive data more effectively across nonproduction environments, while still providing realistic data for use in development, testing, or training. With InfoSphere Optim Data Masking solution, users can apply a variety of proven data transformation techniques to replace sensitive real data with contextually accurate and realistic fictitious data. Users can mask data in a single database or across multiple related systems. Simple examples of the masking techniques in InfoSphere Optim include substrings, arithmetic expressions, random or sequential number generation, date aging, and concatenation. And the solution's context-aware masking capabilities help masked data retain the look and feel of the original information. Key capabilities include:
- Apply a range of masking techniques to transform personally identifying information and other confidential corporate data
- Leverage prepackaged data masking routines to transform complex data elements such as credit card numbers, email addresses, and national identifiers, while retaining their contextual meaning
- Substitute test environments with realistic, fictionalized data, creating a sandbox for application testing
- Consolidate and mask data from multiple interrelated applications to create a production-like test environment that accurately reflects end-to-end business processes
- Support efforts to comply with privacy regulations such as HIPAA, GLBA, DDP, PIPEDA, Safe Harbour, PCI DSS, and others
- Apply a single, scalable enterprise data management solution across applications, databases (DB2®, IMS, VSAM/SEQ, Adabas, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, and XML), and platforms (Microsoft Windows, UNIX/Linux, and z/OS®)
- Apply a single, scalable solution across applications (Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, Siebel, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, SAP, and AmdocsCRM), databases (DB2, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, and XML) and platforms (Windows, UNIX/Linux, and z/OS)
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Program Program number VRM name 5724-U98 V2.2 IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution
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Security, auditability, and control
The InfoSphere Optim family of products uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution (5724-U98) Part number Program name/Description BB170ML IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution V2.2 Multiplatform English Media Pack D08FDLL IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution Processor Value Unit Lic+SW S&S 12 Mo E06LJLL IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution Processor Value Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl D08FELL IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution Processor Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo
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IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution (5724-U98)
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