MongoDB’s “Field Level Encryption” Puts Database Secrets in Customer Hands

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MongoDB’s inclusion of what it dubs “Field Level Encryption” in the latest version of its core database, MongoDB 4.2, was among the most talked-about releases at its conference in New York this week.

Field Level Encryption lets users encrypt specific database fields with their own key, whilst allowing application code to run unmodified for most database read and write operations (meaning developers don’t need to modify their query code).

The aim is simple: tackle data breaches caused by attackers gaining system admins’ logins; while ending the ability of vendors to spy on their customers.

Execution has not been as simple: it has

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