This article demonstrates the use of IRI DarkShield to identify and remediate (mask) personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive data in MongoDB, Cassandra, and Elasticsearch databases.
Quasi-identifiers, or indirect identifiers, are personal attributes that are true about, but not necessarily unique, to an individual. Examples are one’s age or date of birth, race, salary, educational attainment, occupation, marital status and zip code.
Adding ‘random noise’ to data through blurring or perturbation is a data common anonymization requirement for researchers and marketers of protected health information (PHI) seeking to comply with the HIPAA Expert Determination Method security rule.
It is a common mistake to refer to data masking and data encryption interchangeably to mean the same things. While field-level encryption is considered one of many possible “data masking” functions, we define data masking and encryption as technically distinct processes below.