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Tech Insight: Making Data Classification Work
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Salem_Alkaabi
Salem_Alkaabi,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/26/2014 | 5:20:51 AM
Re: Data Classification -- What are some benefits to security?
strongly agree with you. 
JasonSachowski
JasonSachowski,
User Rank: Author
4/11/2014 | 1:22:46 PM
Re: Making Data Classification Work
Data classification is first and foremost a business issue requiring the co-existence of people and process with technology.  There is this thing called the "know-do" gap that references the void between knowing what our organization's controls are but choosing not to follow them.  The human factor is a concern as it is the most difficult to predict and mitigate through technology; this is where administrative controls are required. 

Nothing is impossible; "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new" - Socrates
EricWLogan
EricWLogan,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/9/2014 | 9:38:37 AM
Never start with the "tool"
1) Data is owned by the business, not IT (we need to repeat this to ourselves often). Any data classification project that does not start and end with the business will fail.

2) Never start with the "tool". How the heck do you know what you need without business requirements?

3) Don't relinquish the real value IT brings to the table in terms of helping to illuminate and define requirements. If the business does not have these skill sets already, then IT is an  extremely valuable partner.

4) Remember the adage of how to eat an elephant. Yes, go for a "quick win" to demonstrate value, but be ready to settle in for the long haul. This is a business transformation effort, not a new tool deployment.

 
Randy Naramore
Randy Naramore,
User Rank: Ninja
4/7/2014 | 12:36:03 PM
Re: Data Classification -- What are some benefits to security?
One of the biggest challenges would have to be finding all your data. When devices are offline they are not scanned and data (files) are not discovered. 
Randy Naramore
Randy Naramore,
User Rank: Ninja
4/7/2014 | 12:32:30 PM
Re: Data Classification
The idea of "Data Classification" is great but when started it turns into a "Data Hide and Seek" it is a daunting task to scan every share and device to find all data that exists in an enterprise. Files appear on mobile devices, desktops that have been put there and forgotten about, the devices may have been locked away for months and never scanned found. How do you find files that have been on "powered off" devices?
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
4/7/2014 | 12:22:09 PM
Re: Data Classification -- What are some benefits to security?
Curious what folks have seen to be the biggest benefits to security from data classification? Also the biggest security challenges/
MartinS138
MartinS138,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/7/2014 | 7:38:14 AM
Data Classification
Data Classification can pay for itself in reduced Archiving, Freedom of Information and Management costs.

Not to mention the reduction in Data Loss.

The Commercial market especially Financial Services are beginning to see that its the smart thing to do.

 

 
Gary_EL
Gary_EL,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/5/2014 | 9:09:19 PM
Employee Buy In is the key
In any case, Data Classification is going to be an expensive proposition, and every employee must be able to see the value of it in order for it to work. When I worked for a defense contractor, employee buy in was easy, because National Security was so obviously affected. It is much harder to stir people up, to make them true believers, for anything less dire.


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