Gartner Research

Implement Information Classification to Enhance Data Governance and Protection

Published: 23 October 2014

ID: G00267242

Analyst(s): Heidi L. Wachs


Information classification is a powerful tool in support of data governance and security practices. Implementing an information classification program requires integrating appropriate programmatic and technical controls and transforming organizational behavior to ensure data privacy and security.

Table Of Contents


  • The Basics
    • Clarity of Vocabulary
    • How Information Classification Works
  • Developing a Program
    • Motivation to Delete
  • Elements of a Successful Program
    • Address Data Retroactively and Proactively
    • Executive Buy-In and End-User Involvement Required
    • Understanding Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
    • Moving from Locate to Remediate
  • A New Paradigm for Information Classification
    • Program Breakdown
    • Information Classification Framework
    • Expanding the Framework
  • The Vendor Landscape
    • Features and Functionality
  • Ongoing Challenges
    • Metrics and Measuring Success
    • Reclassification
    • Mobile and Cloud
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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