Then came the not so minor updates.

We wanted to catch up on information about new BizDataX versions. We announced the 3.7 a long time ago, in 2018 (link). The sensitive data discovery module, which searches your databases and files for sensitive data, had been dramatically improved in that version.

There was one major version, 4.0, and three minor versions after that, V4.3 being the most recent available. Each release included new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements, as usual. Only the more significant items will be highlighted here.

Let’s have a look at version 4.0 first. BizDataX Portal was rebuilt from the ground up to provide a better user experience. This was a crucial step because it allowed us to migrate more functionality from Visual Studio based BizDataX Designer to web-based Portal. Improved functionality for working with large database tables is also worth mentioning. V4.0 can process records segments in parallel as defined by criteria in the BizDataX tool. Older versions of the software could only mask partitions, which would be the database level artefacts.

In version 4.1, SAP ASE, commonly known as Sybase, was supported. We could access data in Sybase with generic ODBC and Entity Framework handlers in previous versions, but version 4.1 added native tools for improved performance and use of Sybase specific features.

BizDataX Version 4.3 Sybase

We had to use a variety of strategies before V4.2 was released to deal with the case where long-running anonymization had to be stopped due to a critical fault. The update introduced a restartability feature, which allows the user to halt the process and resume it once the fault has been fixed. Support for dealing with different variants of the same database in different environments, such as Dev, Test, and PreProd, has also been added. Data masking rules can be customized for each environment.

BizDataX Version 4.3 data masking rules

The function that allows us to extract a specific portion of the data from the entire data set is the most significant addition in V4.3. This simply allows for the creation of a number of smaller, more focused databases that are therefore easier to manage. Smaller databases are cleverly built to keep data that is useful to a given purpose. For example, in a banking system, one could design a tiny database that holds transactions for a limited number of clients only. With that approach, testing and development teams are able to work with databases that are only a few gigabytes in size rather than a few terabytes.

BizDataX Version 4.3 Subset definition

A new reporting and analysis capability was also incorporated in V4.3. We’ve made it possible for BizDataX Portal users to view and evaluate data, such as sensitive data discovery findings, via live data feeds and CSV, JSON, or Excel files.

BizDataX Version 4.3 findings

 

BizDataX Version 4.3 data evaluation

We want to replace BizDataX Designer based on Visual Studio. Instead, we are developing a new web-based user interface that will allow users to define and configure anonymization rules.

Stay tuned for further information.

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