MongoDB World 2019: New Encryption Capabilities in MongoDB 4.2: A Deep Dive into Protecting Sensitive Workloads

July 1, 2019
Many applications with high-sensitivity workloads require enhanced technical options to control and limit access to confidential and regulated data. In some cases, system requirements or compliance obligations dictate a separation of duties for staff operating the database and those who maintain the application layer. In cloud-hosted environments, certain data are sometimes deemed too sensitive to store on third-party infrastructure. This is a common pain for system architects in the healthcare, finance, and consumer tech sectors — the benefits of managed, easily expanded compute and storage have been considered unavailable because of data confidentiality and privacy concerns. This session will take a deep dive into new security capabilities in MongoDB 4.2 that address these scenarios, by enabling native client-side field-level encryption, using customer-managed keys. We will review how confidential data can be securely stored and easily accessed by applications running on MongoDB. Common query design patterns will be presented, with example code demonstrating strong end-to-end encryption in Atlas or on-premise. Implications for developers and others designing systems in regulated environments will be discussed, followed by a Q&A with senior MongoDB security engineers.
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