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Managing Column Level Security


Column level security in snowflake allows the application of a masking policy to a column within a table or view.

Currently, column-level security involves two features: dynamic data masking and external tokenization.

1. Dynamic Data Masking

Dynamic data masking is a snowflake column level security feature using masking policies to selectively mask plain-text data in table and view columns in query runtime.

Snowflake supports masking policies as a schema-level object to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access while allowing authorized users to access sensitive data at a query runtime.

Masking policies as a schema-level object will provide flexibility in choosing a hybrid management, centralized or decentralized approach. This means that applying masking policy, we have to choose between a centralized, decentralized or hybrid management approach.

Masking policies can also include functions and conditions to transform the data at query runtime if the conditions are met.

A policy-driven approach supports segregation of duties, which allows security teams to define policies that can limit sensitive data exposure, even to the owner of an object, that usually has full access to the underlying data.

Masking Policies

The masking policies are applied when the policy admin chooses to create a masking policy, which will involve a policy condition and a masking function. The masking policy is then applied to resources such as databases.

Inside a database, we have tables and columns, so the masking policy can be applied to one or more columns in the table view that is secured.

The same masking policy can be applied to more than one database (to multiple databases).

Example

Amasking policy administrator can implement a masking policy, such that analysts (users having a custom analyst role) can only view the last three or four digits of a phone number and none of a social security number.

Customer support representatives (users having the custom support role) can view the entire phone number and the entire social security number (SSN), which is useful in case that a customer needs to be verified.

The user with the authorized role (support) can see the entire data in the table and columns, while the unauthorized role (analyst), can't see the social security number, and only a few digits in the column of the phone number.

Managing Column Level Security

In order to establish a column level security, you have to choose between a centralized, decentralized or hybrid management.

Centralized management: uses a security officer to create policies and to apply policies to columns.

Hybrid management: uses a security officer to create policies and individual teams to apply policies to columns.

Decentralized management: uses individual teams to create policies and to apply policies to columns.

2. External Tokenization

Tokenization is an industry standard and is more or less required by the PCI DSS for all organizations that accept credit cards.

You can become PCI DSS compliant without tokenization, however it does become more challenging without it.

Tokenization is an industry-wide technology developed to ensure that cardholder data is kept secure.

This is accomplished by the receiver of the cardholder data, by assigning a random string of characters, and returning that string to the provider of the cardholder data.
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A cloud-based phone system is a phone service that allows you to make calls through the internet. It's also termed cloud calling or a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system. A cloud-based phone system differs from typical analog phones in that it can store data in one or more offsite secure data centers, as opposed to classic analog phones that employ copper wires or optical fibers to connect two callers. Traditional phones with adaptors, smartphone apps (such as Google Voice), computer calling software, or VoIP-enabled phones can all be used with cloud-based phone services. Hosted PBX, or private branch exchange, is an example of a cloud-based phone system. The cloud stores and accesses all data, saving you time and money by allowing businesses to enhance and secure your data. Traditional PBX phone systems have drawbacks. Companies utilize a private branch exchange (PBX) to route calls to departments or phone extensions. Traditionally, the system has been kept on the grounds of the company. The system machinery is large and bulky, requiring its own storage space as well as regular repairs and maintenance. Only major corporations can set up and run this type of phone system in the past. With the rise of cloud computing, this has altered. What Are the Benefits of a Cloud Phone System? Cost-effective The main advantage of using a cloud phone system versus hosting your own is the time and money saved on phone system maintenance. It's similar to using a hosted email service like Gmail rather than establishing your own. You can avoid not only the cost of the server(s) that will host the phone system (as well as the SIP trunking or PRI service that will connect it), but also the time spent on configuration, upgrades, and security. Enhanced Security If you're not vigilant with your phone system, VoIP hacking is a common occurrence. If they can, VoIP hackers will gain access to phone networks and use them to make calls on your behalf. Reputable cloud phone system providers concentrate on providing a secure service so that you do not have to. User-Friendliness Admin portals are available from cloud phone system providers, allowing any designated team member to make adjustments (such as adding a phone for a recruit) with a few clicks. For enterprises, this is far more efficient than relying on a single IT resource for complicated configurations. Integrations & Advanced Features Cloud VOIP phone system companies focus on creating calling capabilities that let users communicate in a business environment to stay competitive and relevant. A hosted phone system provider, for example, might provide a webphone that you can access from anywhere, CRM integration for automated logging, or a click-to-call app that allows you to make calls with a single click. Selecting the correct cloud phone system for your company can help you optimize processes and save money. Remote Working & Scalability Finally, a cloud phone system enables your phone system to grow with your company and support remote workers. Remote employees can register their phones from anywhere because the service is hosted on the Internet. Across the country, approximately 4 million people work remotely daily. Employees' cell phone and home phone expenses are frequently reimbursed by businesses without a hosted phone solution, which adds up. I have also a website that provides the same services as Kerio connect email & Email security.