I recently had the opportunity to write an article for Help Net Security about the importance of establishing a data classification policy.
Enterprise collaboration systems, social media, mobile devices, and the cloud are great for innovation. However, they can quickly become a compliance headache for companies without proper policies and enforcement systems in place.
Companies with broadly-defined security protocols are missing out on an important owned asset – their existing data. Untagged data has the potential to become lost in data silos, undiscoverable and unprotected. On the other hand, data classification can allow an organization to exert better control over existing data. For example, using metatags is an excellent way to optimize retention programs and protect the flow of information.
In the article, I provide tips for organizations to implement a solid data protection program. These include:
- Identify the most important data. Understand where this data is and classify it properly. This will allow you to set appropriate protection levels.
- Trust and verify. Trust your end users to appropriately identify and classify sensitive data they’re creating, but verify that they are doing so.
- Work with IT and the business from the start. Implement a standardized and repeatable process so that they will engage you as a project begins, rather than when it is the last step before launch.
Creating and enforcing a data protection program will operationalize an automated approach to tagging and classification. Taking these steps will help prevent data loss and make existing data discoverable.
To read more about how to implement an effective data protection program with governance and compliance policies, please visit Help Net Security.
To learn about how AvePoint can help simplify data protection and classification, please visit our website.