Organisations produce and store data at exponential rates, often losing track of what information is sensitive and where it resides. Consistent classification is key to enabling security and compliance.
Common Classification Schemes
Data can be categorized based on various factors:
Confidentiality grades (Public, Internal, Confidential)
Regulatory categories like PCI and GDPR
Intended audience such as Executives or Clients
Content types like legal documents or source code
Business criticality and impact levels
Age within data lifecycle
Policy frameworks like ISO 27001 prescribe classification rules based on these dimensions so that appropriate protections can be applied.
Realising Classification Through Automation
Protective Marking integrates with Office 365 to require users to assign predefined labels at content creation. Embedded markings make handling controls transparent while restrictions limit exposure and risk.
Implement consistent data categorization to simplify your data handling and compliance posture.
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