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Data Obfuscation (Masking, Privacy, Scrambling): Many Names for the Same Technique

Published: 29 July 2008

ID: G00157661

Analyst(s): Joseph Feiman


Sensitive data should not be exposed to possible abuse from enterprises' insiders, such as programmers and database administrators. Data obfuscation techniques enable hiding such data, and yet keep obfuscated data testable.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Why Use Data Obfuscation?
  • How Data Obfuscation Works
  • A Critical Data-Masking Rule
  • Data Obfuscation Products and Vendors
  • Data Obfuscation Applicability and Limitations

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