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How to Overcome Pitfalls in Data Classification Initiatives

Published: 11 March 2016

ID: G00298898

Analyst(s): Eric Ouellet , Marc-Antoine Meunier


Most data classification implementations continue to be unexpectedly complex and fail to produce practical results. CISOs and information security leaders should simplify schemes, leverage tools and allow for implementation flexibility to make classification valuable for the entire organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • If Users Do Not Understand It, They Will Not Use It
    • Keep It Simple
    • Resist the Urge to Expand the Classification Scheme
  • Look at the Data Beyond Classification
  • Do Not Equate Data Classification With Data Security
  • Recognize That Classification May Change Over Time
  • Leverage Automation
  • Work Within the Known Limitations of Data Classification and Your Organization
  • Focus Data Classification Deployments on Specific and Funded Business Issues

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