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Managing sensitive data from a query

There are three easy ways to mask one or more columns returned by a query so that you can share either the query or a data extract from the query without sharing any sensitive data:

  • Select only the columns without sensitive data:

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  • Substitute an anonymizing text string for the data in the column(s)

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  • Hash the sensitive data in the results

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The results all meet the goal of hiding sensitive data, in this case customer phone numbers, from a discoverable data extract:

  • Exclude results

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  • Mask results

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  • Hash results

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Each of these is good for a quick share of one data resource. But if you want to be able to apply a regular masking strategy to data across your organization, creating a ttl file with defined custom data types is a better long-term solution. You can find details about how to create the sample preview file from the query here.