As a performance tester, I'm frequently required to create test data to allow me to test a particular application. Mark Tomlinson (@Mtomlins) recently contacted me via Skype and asked me whether I had source of test data for valid UK addresses and postcodes.
Over recent months the Internet has been awash with reports of corporate data loss. Test data (especially if it is based on a cut from production) is just as valuable to potential thieves or wrongdoers as production data. In this article we describe how data obfuscation can remove the risk of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.
As Barclays recently discovered, the loss of customer data is bad news and is a guaranteed way to get you the wrong sort of media attention. Articles describing the data breach have broken out of the IT press and into the mainstream.