Are you classifying your data?

All organisations handle information that is sensitive and confidential, which provides them with a competitive advantage. The need to secure information is more pressing than ever, with increasingly prescriptive mandates that demand protection for information and, increasingly, sophisticated criminals for whom such information is a goldmine, writes Colin Tankard, pictured, Managing Director, Digital Pathways, a data management product company.

Governments have long demanded that the information held by its agencies be adequately protected and many have laws in place that restrict access to only those individuals with the proper authorisation. In some countries, such as the US, data is classified into three levels – top secret, secret and confidential – along with a fourth category, for official use only.

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