Gartner Information Technology Research

Addressing 6 Common Use Cases for Unstructured Data Security

Published: 25 March 2020

ID: G00451307

Analyst(s): Mike Wonham


Achieving effective unstructured data security is increasingly difficult in cloud-first and hybrid IT environments. Successfully protecting sensitive data depends on security and risk management technical professionals first reducing this complexity to a small number of prioritized use cases.

Table Of Contents


  • How to Use This Research


  • Capabilities Explained
    • Discovery
    • Classification
    • Data Loss Prevention
    • Encryption
    • User Analytics
  • Combining the Capabilities
  • The Six Use Cases
    • Email
    • SaaS Applications
    • IaaS
    • Internet Access
    • User Devices
    • On-Premises Storage


  • A Four-Step Process
  • Discover Use Cases
  • Selecting Use Case Priorities
  • Identify Common Capabilities
  • Select and Implement Tools

The Details

  • Data Insight and Governance
  • Data Classification
  • High Risk — Individuals, Data and Systems
  • Perfect Is the Enemy of Good
  • Rationalize Vendor Count

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