Data Security Classification

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Data Security Classification – Mistakes To Avoid

Investing an extensive amount of time and resources on data security and information risk management without data security classification is like building a house without laying the foundations. The classification of data is imperative to its security. However, you need to ensure that this is implemented effectively if it is to be a success. With that being said, read on to discover four data classification mistakes you need to avoid.

One of the biggest mistakes businesses make is viewing data classifications as a mundane ritual. It is vital that all of your staff recognise just how critical classification is, and how it protects your organisation. If the staff do not understand the importance of this, then they are not motivated to follow procedure and could therefore jeopardise the security of your data. Another error is failing to provide your workers with enough training on the classification of data. This can lead to huge data breaches, as data may not be classified correctly and thus users may handle information in a risky manner. Another mistake many business owners make is creating a data classification program that is too complicated to understand and therefore impossible to implement effectively. Finally, one of the biggest blunders you can make is considering this to be a technology issue and simply going for a one-size-fits-all solution. Your approach to data classification needs to be decided by your business department, not your IT department. If you leave this in the hands of your IT department, business users may be resistant and data will not be classified efficiently. Your business team needs to be responsible for categorising data sensitivity.

The importance of data security classification simply cannot be ignored. To ensure that your data is protected, get in touch with Boldon James Ltd. We are industry leaders and have an outstanding reputation in the field.  If you have any questions, contact us.