Back in the old days, when someone muttered the phrase “it’s classified,” the media consuming public thought of American comedies such as Get Smart, British Agents such as 007, and conspiracy theories surrounding aliens at Area 51.
Today, say the same statement to a tech-savvy IT Security Professional, and they will ask a litany of questions including, but not limited to:
- What are you protecting and why?
- What regulatory obligations do you need to abide by?
- What are the risks behind not protecting and classifying this data?
- How are you protecting this data?
Organizations continue to be at risk for exposing data and information ranging from credit cards to social security numbers. This information could be located in something as simple as a Word document, or as detailed as an email. Should the wrong person access this information, your company will be at risk and may face regulatory violations as it relates to Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA or possibly global regulations. That is why implementing the right data classification solution and taking a pro-active approach is critical.
Recently, during our joint webinar with Watchful Software, our Founder and President Rita Gurevich outlined the process of developing and implementing successful data classification programs. At the heart of implementing the program is selecting the right solution options.
So assuming you go the route of super double classified, make sure that the given solution has the following features:
- Real-time Identification
- Automated Classification
- Custom Tagging
- Seamless Protection
- Thorough Logging
- Enforced Blocking and Warning
Check out the replay of the webinar by going here.
And in case you are looking to go beyond data classification and need a full governance strategy for your organization, we have a whitepaper that details that too.