A rule contains the conditions and actions that the Rule Engine uses to process a request. Connection rules process application connection requests. Security rules process SQL statements. You create and define rules to manage the SQL requests that the client or application sends to the target database.
A rule defines connection criteria and masking techniques. The Rule Engine uses connection criteria to forward requests and masking techniques to mask data. Rules can be connection rules or security rules, placed in a rule tree. The organization of the rule tree determines the order in which the Rule Engine applies the rules. You can create and edit rules within the Management Console.