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How to Approach Security Data Classification That Impacts Business Process

Published: 25 April 2014

ID: G00260619

Analyst(s): Jay Heiser , Paul Proctor


Security data classification that touches the non-IT parts of the business can be problematic, especially during remediation activities. A successful approach for CISOs and CROs is to negotiate reasonable options that improve the handling and treatment of sensitive data.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Step 1: Reset the Expectations of Executive Stakeholders
  • Step 2: Create a Foundational Policy That Establishes Sensitive Data Identification and Responsibility
  • Step 3: Create a Living Document for Sensitive Data Handling Guidelines
  • Step 4: Identify and Prioritize the Top Business Processes That Put Sensitive Data at Risk
  • Step 5: Address Each Business Process That Puts Sensitive Data at Risk
    • Step 5.1: Present the Basic Policy That Establishes the Business Unit Leadership's Responsibility to Reasonably Protect Sensitive Data
    • Step 5.2: Negotiate
    • Step 5.3: Address Complete Abdication
  • Step 6: Define Success by Measuring and Reporting Results

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