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Oracle Data Masking Pack Helps DBAs Address Data Security and Privacy Concerns with a High Return on Investment

A newly published, commissioned June 2013 Forrester Consulting total economic impact study reveals the quantitative and qualitative benefits of Oracle Data Masking Pack. The study, conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Oracle, found that the solution can deliver a three-year risk-adjusted return on investment (ROI) of 242 percent. The study also highlighted that administrators can save time and effort with the automated discovery and masking of sensitive data.

Based on in-depth interviews with executives from four organizations that have implemented Oracle Data Masking Pack, the Forrester study found the following benefits.

  • A 40 percent increase in IT staff productivity
  • A 10 percent reduction in the cost of internal development, testing, and maintenance
  • Direct cost avoidance in the event of a security breach

Boost DBA Productivity
The most significant return on investment came from an increase in DBA productivity of more than 40 percent.

"We've seen improved overall time, not just for the DBA team but also for the development and testing teams," a manager of IT security and compliance at a financial services firm told Forrester researchers. "Oracle Data Masking [Pack] is an invaluable piece of the platform from that perspective."

In some cases, the solution means DBAs no longer had to manage thousands of different scripts across disparate systems, the study concluded. In other cases, it removed the need to build an in-house solution, an expensive proposition and one that often cannot keep up with the needs of a growing organization.

Increased Peace of Mind
The study found improvements in both compliance and system performance, including

  • An 86 percent reduction in the time required to mask data, as reported by one interviewed organization
  • Enhanced compliance thanks to consistent and automatic enforcement of policies across all enterprise data
  • Improved reliability of data masking processes

About Oracle Data Masking Pack
To help organizations comply with data privacy and protection mandates, Oracle Data Masking Pack replaces sensitive information with realistic values. As a result, organizations can safely use production data in development, testing, and other nonproduction environments.

"With Oracle Data Masking [Pack], senior management is happy and the development team can do its work. Now there is no concern that data is being leaked," a senior vice president of data operations at a Fortune 500 technology company told Forrester Consulting.

Read the Forrester study, “The Total Economic Impact of Oracle Data Masking Pack.”
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