Simplifying Data Security Through Classification

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Richard Evans

November 24, 2023

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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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