There is a wide array of different tools that can be used to address digital security threats. Choosing which tools to use and how to deploy them ultimately depends on the type of data to be protected and the use case, or application. Tokenization is one such tool, one that may find an essential role in your data security toolkit.
Although tokenization was initially used to protect credit and debit card numbers in payment applications, its utility is much broader. It can be used as a valuable tool in the protection of more general sensitive data such as personally identifiable information and personal health information. This paper examines the best use cases for tokenization, where the tool is both easy to implement and use, and cost effective.