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Data Express secures testing data

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MigrationWare, the local partner of the UK based Micro Focus, has begun
selling Micro Focus Data Express, a suite of tools used to create a robust
and secure test environment for production data.

João de Oliveira, MigrationWare Sales Director, says Data Express will not
only help local companies to fall in line with international legislation,
but also with legislation which is scheduled to be introduced locally.
"Overseas companies have already been forced to comply with legislation like
Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and the Payment Card Industry Data Security
Standard," he says. "The implications of non compliance are very significant
with organisations facing the possibility of being put out of business, or
having directors being held personally culpable by law."
In Europe, data protection is therefore seen as non negotiable and so all
organisations have had to implement a data protection policy. Locally,
government is in the process of working on the Protection of Personal
Information Bill.
"While the Protection of Personal Information Bill is not law yet, local
companies should act now to be ready for the legislation and to align
themselves with global trends and ensure they are governed by them in order
to remain globally competitive. Increasingly local organisations are going
to be looking beyond our borders to European and North America markets for
work and they will need to demonstrate that they adhere to international
regulations if they are to be successful," he says.
De Oliveira says the security around personal data is generally far less
stringent in the testing environment than it is in the production
environment. This means that people's personal information could be put at
risk by companies failing to take adequate measures to protect the
information during the testing phase of software development.
Data Express protects privacy while enhancing the reliability of test data,
enabling companies to quickly and efficiently extract relevant masked
subsets of application data for development testing. This allows for
accurate, secure and reliable generation of test data while ensuring they
meet the latest compliance and privacy regulations.
"Data Express therefore makes meeting international legislated security
requirements and the required reporting on the steps taken to preserve the
privacy of people's personal information far easier for companies. It will
also leave them ideally placed to comply when local legislation is
introduced," he says.
In addition to data security, Data Express drastically reduces the amount of
test data leading to less storage and consequent cost savings. It also
greatly reduces the time to produce test data, a process that is usually
done manually or with partial automation. At the core of the product is a
data repository that stores the definitions and locations of all production
data as well as the rules for reducing and masking the test data. By the use
of intelligent and managed test data reduction, companies can save up to 90%
on their test data storage requirements.
Data Express has been used by international companies, with great success,
says deOliveira.
"International financial services group, Santander, used Data Express to not
only comply with privacy laws, but also maintain data integrity and quality.
Data Express also reduced the amount of test data used in each environment
from 9Tb of data to 300Gb (97% reduction)," he says.
Italian Bank, Banca Intesa also used Data Express to comply with regulatory
requirements for Basel II in order to reduce operational risk. It also
wanted to reduce the amount of test data along with testing errors and avoid
interruptions to its business services.
Data Express fulfilled these requirements with a managed, centralised and
repeatable test environment and a reduction in test data from 34TB to 3TB of
data (90%storage saving).
"Data Express has therefore shown it is able to optimise and secure the
testing environment and is an important suite of software for companies
wanting to comply with upcoming local and international legislation and
reduce the amount of storage needed within the testing environment," he
concludes.