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Ignition Guide to Data Classification

Published: 22 November 2016

ID: G00339026

Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team


This guide includes documents that will help you identify when a data classification policy needs modifications, define different levels of classification for enterprise data, and create the data classification employee guidelines.

Table Of Contents



Step 1 of 5: Determine the Scope and Objectives of the Data Classification Policy Project with Input from Business Unit Leaders

Project Objectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Before You Start

Common Pitfalls and Keys to Success

Step 2 of 5: Diagnose Areas to Improve the Data Classification Policy


How to Set Up for Success

Step 3 of 5: Formalize a Data Classification Policy


How to Set Up for Success

Step 4 of 5: Operationalize the Data Classification Policy in the Enterprise


How to Set Up for Success

Step 5 of 5: Monitor the Effectiveness of the Data Classification Policy

Review Your Performance

Keys to Continued Success

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