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Information Classification: An Essential Security Thing You're (Still) Not Doing

Published: 20 August 2014

ID: G00269132

Analyst(s): Heidi L. Wachs, Trent Henry


The continually expanding volume of electronic information and data maintained by business makes it increasingly harder to manage. Successful information classification programs utilize the technologies and techniques discussed in this assessment to categorize and prioritize content.

Table Of Contents


  • Information Classification
  • Security Classification Techniques
  • Security Classification Tools
    • Criteria for Choosing a Classification Tool
  • The Role of the User
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Be Realistic and Target Specific Areas
  • Ensure That Classification Is Integral to Project Efforts
  • Tie Classification to Other Business Efficiency Projects
  • 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

  • A Little History
  • Interaction With Business
    • Business Decisions About Information Classification

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