This paper presents a practical implementation of field level encryption in enterprise database systems, based on research and practical experience from many years of commercial use of cryptography in database security. We present how this column-level database encryption is the only solution that is capable of protecting against external and internal threats, and at the same time meeting all regulatory requirements. We use the key concepts of security dictionary, type transparent cryptography and propose solutions on how to transparently store and search encrypted database fields. In this paper we will outline the different strategies for encrypting stored data so you can make the decision that is best to use in each different situation, for each individual field in your database to be able to practically handle different security and operating requirements. Application code and database schemas are sensitive to changes in the data type and data length. The paper presents a policy driven solution that allows transparent data level encryption that does not change the data field type or length. We focus on how to integrate modern cryptography technology into a relational database management system to solve some major security problems.
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