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Information Classification: The Most Important Security Thing You're (Still) Not Doing

Published: 27 March 2007

ID: G00203268

Analyst(s): Bob Blakley


Information classification products are good tools for several important applications, including storage management, knowledge management, and electronic discovery. But today's information classification products do not support the information classification requirements of security and compliance automation applications. In this overview, Principal Analyst Bob Blakley examines the business requirements for information classification and the tools available to support those requirements.

Table Of Contents



  • Information Classification
  • A Little History
  • Information Classification Tools
    • Criteria for Choosing a Classification Tool
  • Recommendations
    • Use Native Repository Functionality for Structured Data
    • Avoid Exclusive Reliance on Retrospective Tools for Security and Compliance
    • Selectively Supplement Security and Compliance with Information Classification

The Details

  • Information Classification Applications
    • Knowledge Management
    • Storage Management
    • Electronic Discovery
    • Compliance Audit
    • Compliance Automation
    • Access Control
  • Business Decisions About Information Classification
    • What Information Will Be Classified?
    • When Will Information Be Classified?
    • How Will Information Be Classified?
    • Where Will Classification Information Be Maintained?
  • Information Classification Tools



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