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Innovative Routines International Announces New Versions of Its Data Masking Software

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 23, 2020
David Friedland, COO for IRI, The CoSort Company

David Friedland, COO for IRI, The CoSort Company

Innovative Routines International announces new versions of its core data masking software for privacy law compliance, breach nullification, and test data provisioning.

FREMONT, CA: Innovative Routines International (IRI), a pioneer in big data management and data-centric security, announces new versions of its core data masking software for privacy law compliance, breach nullification, and test data provisioning. Particularly, IRI FieldShield and DarkShield, which are featured in Gartner's annual market guides for data masking technologies and other industry reports can now profile guard personally identifiable information (PII) in more data sources.

FieldShield 5 adds support for Excel, enabling data masking to and from spreadsheets and between structured sources like database tables and flat files. FieldShield 5 also combines with Azure Key Vault and Townsend Alliance Key Manager to handle encryption keys. Besides, the data profiling and search wizards in the IRI Workbench development environment for FieldShield now show interactive dashboards that meaningfully represent PII locations and values.

DarkShield 4 adds help for simultaneous data searching and masking in relational and NoSQL databases, including Hive, MongoDB, Oracle 19c, Snowflake, and Elasticsearch. Because FieldShield and DarkShield share data classes and masking functions, they can be leveraged interchangeably to mask and optionally reveal data in several data sources. Their search results can also be transferred to SIEM tools like Splunk Enterprise Security.

DarkShield now provides a RESTful Application Programming Interface (API) developed on a web services layer. The API, which can be implemented on-premise or in the cloud, can perform search and masking operations as a service on unstructured text and files received from third-party programs. FieldShield is IRI's original product for protecting sensitive data in structured data sources. It directly uses the big data movement, manipulation engine, and 4GL job control syntax of CoSort called SortCL. FieldShield is metadata compatible with IRI RowGen test data and IRI Voracity DB subsetting, ETL, cleansing, and reporting jobs. IRI also provides Data Masking as a Service (DMaaS) for sites that need data classification, searching, masking, and auditing capabilities but prefer not to configure the solution.