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Oracle Data Masking Pack Delivers Three-Year Risk-Adjusted ROI of 242 Percent

To help customers understand the quantitative and qualitative benefits of Oracle Data Masking Pack, Oracle recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a total economic impact (TEI) study, which found that the solution can deliver a three-year risk-adjusted return on investment (ROI) of 242 percent.

Based on in-depth interviews with executives from four organizations that have implemented the Oracle solution, 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

In addition, 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

Boost DBA Productivity
The most significant return on investment came from a 40 percent increase in DBA productivity.

For some organizations, the solution meant DBAs no longer had to manage thousands of different scripts across disparate systems. For others, the solution meant there was no need to build an in-house solution—an expensive proposition and one that often fails to keep up with a growing organization.

In addition to simplifying the work of DBAs, Oracle Data Masking Pack also streamlines internal development, testing, and maintenance, the Forrester study found.

"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."

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 for 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 total economic impact study, “The Total Economic Impact of Oracle Data Masking Pack.”

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