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FieldShield v3 Consolidates Database Security Functions

New Release Applies Common Privacy Rules, Adds FIPS-Compliant Encryption

Melbourne, Fla. (July 13, 2012) – Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc., a leading developer of big data transformation and data-centric protection software, is upgrading FieldShield for DBAs to apply a uniform protection to columns containing the same personally identifying information (PII) attribute across multiple tables in a database or schema.FieldShield v3, IRI's general-purpose data security tool for fields in databases and flat files, is an upgrade to last year's v2 release that incorporated and documented encryption, masking, pseudonymization and other functions in the IRI Workbench GUI, built on Eclipse.

FieldShield v3 introduces a data protection rule engine and function library that allows users to specify, save, and re-use a regular expression identifying the columns in selected tables that will receive the chosen security function. For example, the same format-preserving encryption can be applied to every social security number column in every table, even if the column names are slightly different.

According to IRI developer Jeff Simpson, "a single job definition for encryption and decryption for the entire database is not only convenient, it also preserves referential integrity by keeping the inter-table data encrypted, and thus linked, in the same way." The protection rules are stored in a centralized library and available for use in the same or new protection projects. FieldShield v3 users in the IRI Workbench access, modify, and deploy the functions an new ergonomic job wizard purpose-built for multi-table protection.

In addition to the rule library and wizard, FieldShield v3 introduces new protection functions like:

  • FIPS-compliant OpenSSL and 3DES encryption
  • AES-128 (in addition to AES-256 with or without format preservation)
  • Random selection or data generation
  • 256-bit hashing
  • Custom data masks
  • Field shifting and more string manipulations

Other features, including row- and column-level filters, reversible and non-reversible pseudonymization, and near-value lookup file logic, further enhance FieldShield's ability to protect PII in static and changing dimensions. If you would like more details, please visit or email

About IRI, The CoSort Company

Founded in 1978, Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc. is an independent software vendor headquartered in Melbourne, Florida with license and support offices in more than 30 cities worldwide. IRI's flagship package, CoSort, transforms and reports on big data, migrates legacy sorts, and replaces many SQL, shell, and 3GL programs. CoSort-compatible tools include Fast Extract (FACT), FieldShield (data masking), NextForm (data conversion), and RowGen (test data).

For more information, contact:
Jason Koivu, PR Coordinator
IRI, The CoSort Company
(321) 777-8889 ext. 210