Gartner Research

Data Masking Best Practices

Published: 03 March 2009

ID: G00165705

Analyst(s): Joseph Feiman


Properly organized and based on best practices, a data-masking process helps enterprises to raise the level of security and privacy assurance against insiders' abuses and to be compliant with regulations.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Focus on Application Testing, Not Data Masking
  • Pre-empt Inference Attacks
  • Check for Contextual Consistency
  • Apply Stricter Data-Masking Rules for Higher-Risk Security Breaches
  • Consider the Effect of Application Sourcing
  • Involve Business Experts in the Masking Process
  • Apply Data Masking to Database Subsets to Make the Process Faster

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