TECH BRIEF

Axis announces data masking platform

Axis Technology this week announced its DMSuite data-masking platform, which removes confidential data and replaces it with usable, fictitious data. The technology is proving to be far more effective than encryption, Axis officials said.

It supports Oracle, Microsoft SQL ServerMySQL, IBM DB2, Sybase, Informix and Teradata databases, as well as some file formats. DMSuite also helps organizations comply with privacy standards such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the company said.

"Insider threats of data theft are at an all-time high, especially in the financial and health care sectors," said Mike Logan, president of Axis Technology. State and federal governments also are mandating new privacy standards, he said.

Massachusetts, for example, passed an identity theft law — MGL 93H — that requires any company that does business with even one person based in Massachusetts to be held accountable for any data breaches, resulting in penalties of $5,000 per record exposed, no matter whose fault it was, Axis representatives said. DMSuite complies with MGL 93H, which goes into effect May 1, the company said.

"Noncompliance means more than just harsh penalties and fines," Logan said. It can lead to a loss of reputation and customers, he said. "We make it easy for enterprises of all sizes to safeguard their confidential information, teaching them ‘how to fish’ and manage sensitive data."

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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