Data classification lets you assign a level of sensitivity to every piece of data in your company. This also makes it convenient to seek and retrieve potential security risks before the bad guys hit you. If you don’t classify your data, you are paying heed to an imperfect security system. This is how you should comply with Data Protection by the following steps.
- Treat sensitive data in a different way
Every company builds, stores, and manages loads of info, which includes sensitive data as well. information like daily tasks in calendars may not be sensitive, but a spreadsheet containing employee Social Security numbers or other personal info are highly sensitive. Both are being buried in the company. Both are not created equally. In order to shield the sensitive data, it must be searched, and then classified. The process must entail the assignment of a sensitivity level to every piece of information. When you treat sensitive data in a different way, it becomes easier to locate, retrieve and protect it.
- Determine what sensitive data mean
Every business determines sensitive data in a different way. For making things complex, the regulations define sensitivity differently. For instance, HIPAA regulation has around 18 identifiers of sensitive data that must be protected by all means. PCI DSS regulation bears only one identifier, i.e., cardholder data. CIA triad or confidentiality, integrity, and availability determines which data is and is not sensitive at a high level.
- Determine the data collection framework
The potential security exposure of data can vary. As the exposure level grows, its classification must showcase the same. This is how the security leaders trust their selected framework.
- Do more than regulatory compliance
Some sensitive data can be unique to a company. Other data that is defined as classified are by regulations that apply on all companies. In this situation, regulatory compliance is a must. But compliance is never tantamount to security. In order to protect all sensitive data, you need to beyond the regulatory compliance and security policies. You must also have a look at the company specific sensitive data.
- Look into every company owned data
Security leaders must make sure that all hardware doesn’t include any unprotected sensitive information. In other words, a search must take place wherever employees are storing any data. This encompasses cloud services and in shared spaces such as file servers, databases, and images. Be wary of dark data where the operational data isn’t used anymore.