Why risking your sensitive data for nothing?

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Why risking your sensitive data for nothing?

In 2015, Jeb Bush published Reply All. A book that gathers a wide sample of email exchanges with Florida journalists, businessmen and everyday citizens while Bush was Florida governor. The book was meant to help relaunch a struggling campaign, by tapping on transparency.

But there was a problem.

As The Washington Post put it: “The e-mails all contain unredacted e-mail addresses, details about business operations and, according to the Verge, even Social Security numbers

This became an embarrassing issue for Jeb Bush’s attempt to became the Republican Party Candidate for the 2016 United States presidential election.

Was personal data relevant to the book purpose? Definitely not. It could have been redacted.

The same reasoning applies to personal data copied onto software development and testing databases.

What’s the need?

Software development and testing activities require rich, coherent data that looks real. They don’t need actual personal data.

But when you copy real data onto non-production environments security measures shrink while number of people with access to sensitive data, grows. It’s a lot more likely to suffer a data leakage that damages your company’s reputation.

Data masking technology provides cost-effective safe data for non-production environments.

Why risking it all?

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