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Data Masking Components: First Name

"First Name"


API Reference, CLR Reference (links)

Usage Instructions:

Purpose

The purpose of the component is to mask such values as Account or Patient Numbers that often consist of the combination of Alpha and Numeric characters and are not formed by a specific rule.

Algorithm

Variation of Random Character Permutation Algorithm

Description

First Name component replaces letters with letters, while maintaining capitalization, and replaces numbers with numbers. It retains the non-alphanumeric characters, such as dashes, slashes, dots and comas, exactly at the position at which the non-alphanumeric characters presented themselves at the source value. It currently only replaces characters from alphabets that use English characters. The component will replace strings based on letters only with letter strings and strings based on numeric characters, only with numeric characters. For example, "Abc" will become "Zyx" and "123" will become "987" after component execution.

API Reference, CLR Reference (links)

Usage Instructions:Instructions

1. Configure a source that contains the column with alphabetical and numeric characters. The data in the columnelement mayof alsofirst includename. A source could be connected to any otherdatabase, characterincluding thatbut willnot belimited treatedto SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, mySQL, as well as a separator. file.
2. Drag and Drop "Masking GenericFirst AlhaNumericName" Dynamic data masking component, connect the source and the "Masking genericFirst alphaName" numericdata masking component with the source'sdata precedenceflow constraint:path:
3. Now, the precedencedata constraintflow path (the blue arrow) passes proper meta-data and data to the Generic"Masking AlphaNumericFirst Name" data masking component. If you click on constraint,the data flow path, you will see:
4. Now that the metadata for the GAN"Masking First Name" data masking component exists, and values are passed into the data masking component,it, please open the component editor:
5. In the second tab,tab of the component editor, "Input Columns", there are available input columns. Please check-markchoose only one column, the onecolumns that you will be masking with Genericthe Alpharandom Numericfirst algorithm:name substitution algorithm. You could either check-mark it or choose from the drop-down of the available columns:
6. ThisPlease, willnotice createthat anyou extracan columnmask at the same time two or more columns with the prefixsame “Masked_”.algorithm:
7. Choosing the column(s) will create a new column(s) with the prefix “Masked_field”. This is the column that will hold an obfuscated value(s) of the same data type, code page and length:
8. Create a connection manager for the destination and configure sourcedestination componentcomponent. forRead the destination.example instructions on how to configure different SSIS connection managers and destination components here. In the connection manager, in the tab “Mappings”, specify that you want newly created Field_Masked"Masked_field" to be a field replacing the original value. For that, just click on the available input columns, choose the masked value, and map to the “Available Destination Columns”
8.9. Now, all the configurations are complete for the valid values. You can run the package with the GenericFirst AlphaNumeric DynamicName Data Masking component, and see the results of data masking:

Error Handling

9.10. If, however, there are invalid values in the package's source, one would need to configure error handling. Invalid values are those that are not conforming to the rules of the entity. To handle invalid values, each data masking component has error handling precedencedata constraint.flow (the red arrow). One needs to create an error destination connection and connect the red arrow (error handling constraint) with this destination. As the connection is made, one needs to configure the state of failure: “Fail”,”Ignore”“Fail”,”Ignore”, or “Redirect”.
10.11. It is recommended that one re-directs the output into the error destination, so that later one should be able to analyze and process data for quality purposes. The Generic Alpha Numeric components errors are the only ones not recommended for further processing as it is truly hard to break their format.
11.12. ItThe is our suggestiondata that did not confirm to the components' rules can be fixed in production and/or processed with the Generic Alpha Numeric component one should not process erroneous data without further analysis at all.component.

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