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Dynamic Data Masking

By David Postlethwaite

Introduction
Dynamic data masking is a really useful new tool in SQL Server 2016. Keeping data safe is one of the most important tasks that a company has; this goes further than just making sure that users can only see their own data and hackers can’t get access. One case that will be familiar to many is where a copy of production data is required by developers for testing or for production support issues. In this case it is often important that the data is obfuscated so that real personal data is protected. With large data sets running an obfuscation script can take a long time and hold up support or testing. What would be really useful is a way of masking the data without having to run these long obfuscation scripts. Introducing Dynamic Data Masking.
Microsoft has introduced a solution to this in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL database called Dynamic Data Masking. With DDM, whenever a SELECT statement is run a mask is placed over the data that is returned so th…