Last month, I attended the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, where I was happy to see data classification covered in many of the Gartner and vendor-led presentations. A key change over the last few years is that classification is now being discussed as part of an overall data security strategy, rather than as a separate project suitable for only certain use cases or industries.
As data classification has become more mainstream, we’ve seen an increasing number of security and cloud vendors adding classification to their product portfolios. This is good news for those of us who believe in the importance of data classification as a foundation for data security. It now means that basic classification capabilities will be built-in for many solutions, especially those in the category of what Gartner calls “Data-Centric Audit and Protection” (DCAP).