Classification and Compliance
The amount of data being generated by organizations globally is at an all-time high, a path which shows every sign of increasing still further. And while businesses generate, store, and share more and more data, and more types of data from multiple and disparate sources, they’re also confronted with the threat of having to protect all that information from non-authorized outsiders, accidental loss and internal bad actors, all while complying with the increasing amount of data protection regulations worldwide.
To adequately protect your organization’s information, you first need to identify what needs protecting. And you can’t do that without knowing your data at an intimate level: what it is, what it contains, where it lives, and so on.
To make things even more challenging, your data can now reside on more systems than ever – cloud, mobile devices, local machines, or company networks. And while some of that data may need no protection at all in terms of compliance or privacy issues, several other data types absolutely must be protected. Some examples are:
- Controlled unclassified information (CUI)
- Payment card information (PCI)
- Personal health information (PHI)
- Personally identifiable information (PII)
That’s not even counting company financial data, HR data, trade secrets, or even (for those who deal with government and military) classified information. Leaving this kind of data exposed risks the ire of regulators willing and able to hand out swift and harsh punishments. Failure to protect any of the above likely means a serious (and costly) breach of regulations like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
, or NATO STANAGs
just to name a few. Depending on what data is exposed, the punishments range from fines and reputational risk to jail time.
There are many compelling reasons to find a solution that works, especially considering the list of global regulatory compliance legislation continues to grow. A flexible data classification solution can help organizations protect their sensitive data at any stage in their privacy journey to assist adherence to regulatory compliance requirements.
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