Enterprise Linux Log

May 29 2008   1:44PM GMT

Rowgen the full package, IRI CoSort says

Suzanne Wheeler Suzanne Wheeler Profile: Suzanne Wheeler

Data protection and security may become easier if a new Linux-friendly product from IRI Cosort delivers on its promises. The product, Rowgen, integrates the formerly independent tasks of data sorting and data synthesis.

“A lot of security softwares are device-centered or hard drive-centered. We’re applying protection to specific fields so that you can access the parts of a document that don’t need to be protected,” IRI CoSort’s David Friedland told me recently. Friedland, vice president of business development, said the product reveals a new vision of software security.

IRI’s CoSort’s product page for Rowgen explains, “Until now, you could either forgo adequate testing and make inaccurate suppositions and extrapolations, or, you could spend a lot of time writing custom 3GL or shell programs to build specific test sets with the layouts you want,”

Friedland claims that Rowgen is breaking new ground in being able to run comprehensive tests while administrators perform multiple other tasks simultaneously. The software is compatible with a variety of Linux flavors, including Itanium, SUSE, Fedora Core and Ubuntu.

The target customer for Rowgen is the “security-sensitive manager,” Friedland said. These IT managers have a great need for stronger data protection as information theft crime is on the rise, he said.

On the flip side, automating data security in this way may have a negative impact for lower-level security administrators. Fewer programs will mean fewer employees required to manage them; data center security will change shape in more ways than one.

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  • David F
    I would like to clarify that the IRI's "CoSort" and "RowGen" are separate software products that deliver on two different aspects of data-centric security: CoSort is a "big data manipulation package" for transformation and reporting that can now also apply field-level protections (like de-ID and encryption functions, obfuscating masks, lookup/pseudonym values) to flat-file data at risk. RowGen is a "test data generation package" for synthesizing flat-file, report, and DB-table targets in structurally and referentially correct formats. RowGen is a product spun-off from CoSort that uses the same metadata as CoSort and shares some of its manipulation and formatting functions (like sorting and aggregation) for the test data targets it creates. For more info, see iri.com/cosort and iri.com/rowgen. Thanks!
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