The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has recently been signed into law, and it enacts new regulations and steep penalties for any company who misuses or loses European Union (EU) citizens’ personal data. This sweeping legislation has expanded the definition of what is personal data and puts IT and testing departments on high alert to safeguard personally identifiable data, across analytics, development and testing environments. Test data management, the process of obtaining and distributing test data for development teams, takes on greater urgency as the GDPR deadline looms in two short years.
Solid test data management practices will be key to overcoming compliance hurdles and avoiding huge fines associated with GDPR. Utilizing new ways that test data can be generated, distributed and managed will be pivotal to meeting this regulation. Many companies will move towards synthetic data creation to avoid the pitfalls associated with masking production data.
Test data management is not only for dealing with the GDPR, however. Any organization that has to deal with a regulation or mandate such as PCI, HIPAA or GLBA, which includes protections for safeguarding customer data, will benefit from CA Test Data Manager and its improved test data management capabilities.