Compuware has unveiled a tool to allow software developers to test applications' use of private data, while retaining the privacy of the organisation's information.
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"Companies are under competitive pressure to shorten time to market results for delivering high-quality applications, while complying with evolving legislation protecting personal information," said Stuart Feravich, Worldwide Solution Leader, Test Data Management, Compuware.
The tool, Test Data Privacy 3, disguises test data as personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers and birth dates. It allows businesses to securely and cost-effectively test applications using production scenarios and neutralise the risk of a data breach, according to Compuware.
Compuware Test Data Privacy 3.1 offers a central rules repository to manage and share rules, which is then accessed when extracting sets of test data. Compuware says the rules defined in the repository will produce consistent data disguise results when applied to fields of different data types and lengths. Compuware says Data Privacy 3 also supports customised permission levels for the data disguise functions, which enables data to be disguised based on the role of the user.