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The new Terraform Provider for Delphix allows users to automatically provision fresh, compliant, and complete test data environments. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  September 08, 2022. Introducing the new Terraform Provider for Delphix Over the last decade, almost all parts of the enterprise application stack have been automated.  Today, APIs can be used to provision software, servers, storage, and networks in private and public clouds.  Terraform , backed by HashiCorp, has played a significant role in enabling that automation and has become a near-ubiquitous tool for managing infrastructure-as-code. ...
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Once-a- day backups leave a whole day’s worth of transactions unprotected. In the digital economy, losing such an enormous amount of data can significantly hurt a business, even putting it at risk of liabilities. This article was first published in SC Magazine  Nov 2, 2021. When ransomware shut down  Colonial Pipeline  in May, after a week of deliberating the company finally gave in and paid the ransom. When ransomware shuts down plants that process one-fifth of the meat in the U.S., the parent company paid the ransom. More than one-third of healthcare organizations faced a  ransomware attack  in 2020, facing the same stark choices. ...
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Ransoms are just one portion of the total cost of a ransomware attack. Recovery becomes costly as businesses suffer the majority of their losses through lost productivity, and backups don’t preclude expensive recovery. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  September 29, 2021. Modern-day ransomware attacks are vastly different from the malware attacks from the past. Threat actors have become so sophisticated in their techniques that it’s become tougher and tougher for companies to detect and recover from these malicious activities.  Since 2016,  more than 4,000 ransomware attacks  have happened ...
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Whether it’s challenges related to data privacy, compliance or a lack of resources and skills, FS organisations need to overcome the hurdles currently impeding the Open Banking revolution. This article was first published in Finance Digest . The financial services (FS) sector is currently undergoing a massive transformation. With the adoption of new digital habits, consumers expect greater convenience, choice, and flexibility in their banking relationships. At the same time, concerted regulatory pressure to encourage innovation and drive competition in banking has accelerated FS organisations’ investment in Open Banking initiatives ...
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MSSQL Advanced database connectors are widely used to permit customers to access their databases via a domain user account on the Delphix Continuous Compliance engine (KBA reference: Configuring_Masking_Connector_for_Microsoft_SQL_(MSSQL)_(KBA1214) ). However, starting from Delphix Continuous Compliance version 6.0.6.0, customers are able to provide a Customer Properties File where they can pass on to the JDBC driver all the extra properties required. Please consider updating your configuration to take advantage of this new functionality, as we may deprecate the MSSQL Advanced connectors in a future release. Advanced Connector Configuration ...
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Even if organizations have backups, the associated data loss and disruption caused by long restore times is often more costly than just paying off the criminals and being done with it. This article was first published on GCN  Sept 7, 2021. One of the reasons ransomware attacks are successful is that victims cannot afford to be offline. Even if organizations have backups, the associated data loss and disruption caused by long restore times is often more costly than just paying off the criminals and being done with it. Sometimes it’s even worse: Cybercriminals have been known not only to encrypt an organization’s data but also to ...
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With pride for our first two data company summits , we’re excited for what lies ahead. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  June 21, 2021. In 2021, approximately  74 zettabytes  — or 74 billion terabytes — of data were consumed across the world. That number will more than double by 2024, when the world is projected to consume 149 zettabytes of data. Data will only grow in importance as an essential component of IT innovation— and as enterprises prioritize digital transformation, technology executives have the opportunity to adopt more effective and sustainable data management processes to set a new ...
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We are excited to announce that with the upcoming 6.0.15 release targeted for July 2022, we will have completed the transition of all of our masking algorithms to the new algorithm library. The completed algorithm library affords our customers a number of important improvements over our legacy algorithm technology, including performance, extensibility, security, and portability. As we have upgraded our algorithms, we have strived to make sure we are producing the same output values as before in order to minimize re-mask events in your environments. We took this approach because we are extremely sensitive to the amount of effort required to re-mask interdependent ...
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Healthcare companies are embracing DevOps automation for faster digital transformation, but slow, manual data delivery constrains success This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  September 7, 2021. With rising competition and increasing member/patient demand for digital services, health insurers and providers have adopted DevOps processes to accelerate software modernization, AI/ML, and cloud migration. But, the data needed for DevOps is often hard to deliver and access. Due to the sheer size and complexity of data in  healthcare systems —including claims processing, member management, billing, policy ...
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We are aware of the recently reported denial of service (DoS) vulnerability in Spring Framework , reported as CVE-2022-22950 . This vulnerability is only realized in cases where the Spring Expressions Language (SpEL) is in use (see both the announcement from spring.io and the analysis from Checkmarx ).  Delphix products do not make use of SpEL and are not impacted by this vulnerability. Impact There is no impact to either the Delphix Virtualization (Continuous Data) engine or the Delphix Masking (Continuous Compliance) Engine. There is no impact to Data Control Tower (DCT) SaaS. There is no impact to Data ...
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How automating data compliance can support a Zero Trust strategy and protect sensitive data in DevOps environments This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  August 31, 2021. Organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the software supply chain as an emerging attack vector. This was painfully evident in the SolarWinds intrusion—the most sophisticated hack of government and corporate computer networks in U.S. history. Hackers gained access to numerous public and private organizations around the world through a trojanized software update from  SolarWind’s  IT monitoring and management software, according ...
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Learn about 4 key trends that will open up growth opportunities for the telecom sector and help businesses move toward a sustainable future. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  August 26, 2021. Telecom plays the largest role of any industry in supporting the shift to a hybrid work model. Providers saw an extraordinary boost in network traffic as households and businesses around the world went under lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first few weeks of lockdown, Belgian telecom operator  Proximus  said the company saw a 50-60% increase for voice and internet usage. Households worldwide ...
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When it comes to ransomware recovery, time is of the essence, and enterprises must act quickly to protect their data. Therefore, it’s time to think outside the backup box. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  August 19, 2021 and simultaneously in Infosecurity Magazine . In recent months, ransomware has once again been dominating the headlines. With the  Health Service Executive  in Ireland and  JBS  — the world’s largest meat processor — becoming the latest in a long line of high-profile organizations to fall victim, it’s clear that no-one is immune, regardless of sector.  This latest spate ...
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We are aware of the recently reported remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in Spring Framework , reported as CVE-2022-22965 . The current state of analysis is that while this is potentially a serious vulnerability, it is only exploitable in certain conditions, notably JDK 9 or higher is required and Spring Framework versions 5.3.0 to 5.3.17, 5.2.0 to 5.2.19, and older versions are affected, in addition the application has to be packaged as a traditional WAR (in contrast to a Spring Boot executable jar).  JDK 8 is not impacted as the change that intersects with Spring Framework to create this vulnerability was introduced in Java 9+ (see both the ...
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We are aware of the recently reported news regarding a potential security incident with Okta (and the update ). At this time we have no indication of impact to Delphix products, services, or customers. Okta is used as part of our integration with customer identity systems in our Data Control Tower SaaS product. Data Control Tower SaaS is used for Delphix Engine management and does not have access to the data managed by the engines. We are actively investigating and taking precautionary measures. We are in communication with our contacts at Okta and continue to monitor this event. This is a developing industry event and we will be providing updates here ...
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Tech’s Encoded Racism

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We in digital technology need to understand how words we may take for granted are read as signals by those for whom all the assumptions and defaults seem stacked against. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  August 13, 2021. You know how you can be reading a charming murder mystery from sixty years ago when you run across words and phrases that remind you just how casually racism was embraced at that time? Now imagine someone twenty years from now working with your code base or technical documentation having that same sobering, sinking feeling. More to the point, imagine someone to whom those words ...
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Technology has transformed every industry to another level, and at the heart of it all is data. Data is the new currency in healthcare, and healthcare providers and insurers must leverage fast, secure data to drive innovation and stay competitive in today’s app-driven world. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  July 6, 2021. Historically, the healthcare industry has lagged behind in technology adoption due mostly to rigid data privacy laws governing PHI and electronic health records. But with rising competition and new, disruptive market entrants coupled with emerging tech and digitally savvy consumers, ...
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New Pulse Q&A research shows less than 5% of European banks are fully prepared for open banking. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  June 16, 2021. In a recent interview with  CNBC , JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made this remark when asked about the threat posed by fintech and tech giants' exponential growth in banking: "We should be scared s---less. We've just got to get quicker, better, faster.”  Consumers have come to expect fast, accessible, convenient payments using online and mobile platforms, and traditional banking is falling to the wayside in favor of open banking. Open banking ...
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An interview featuring Michelin’s Group Chief Digital & Information Officer Yves Caseau This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  July 12, 2021. Founded in 1889, Michelin began as a small rubber factory in France. Fast forward to today, the 132-year-old French company has become one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers and a leader in sustainable mobility. With nearly €650 million spent every year on R&D, Michelin produces tires for nearly every type of vehicle, such as bicycles, airplanes, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles, as well as NASA’s space shuttle.  Yves Caseau, Group ...
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A modern insurance software combined with an automated data platform ensures a faster, more efficient experience for customers, brokers, and agents. Read about how one California-based insurance organization reconciles 100% of claims within 45 days with Guidewire and a data automation platform. This article was originally published on the Delphix website here  June 7, 2021. Property and casualty insurers are in the business of helping people and companies recover from sticky and sometimes perilous situations. As policyholders look to quickly pivot with the changing realities, insurance companies need an agile response to uncertain ...
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