MAGEN is a system for removing, masking, or obscuring application sensitive information by capturing network traffic and hiding the sensitive information. MAGEN is an acronym for MAsking Gateway for ENterprises. MAGEN in Hebrew means shield.
MAGEN has two distinct functions:
- Mask on Screen
- Mask in Database
Mask on Screen:
Mask sensitive information from application displays before it is presented to the end user. It provides organizations with the capability of sharing application with unauthorized users without compromising the identity or sensitive details of the individuals in the data set. It is particularly valuable in the context of outsourcing (for example insurance claims processing) and privacy compliance.
Mask in Database:
Mask sensitive information before it is stored in the database and unmask it when it is used. This capability enables the enterprise to use less secure databases outside the organization (e.g. cloud). The sensitive data is used in its clear format only inside the enterprise firewall in a manner that is totally transparent to the end user. With today's technologies when there are many benefits for moving to the cloud, MAGEN overcomes one of the main barriers to cloud adoption: data privacy and security.
Both MAGEN functions are now being incorporated in the IBM Infosphere Guardium product.