Data Classification

Better Data Classification for Better Data Security

Modern businesses are handling vast amounts of data, with the volume of data managed, controlled, or used by any business growing exponentially in just a short time. As enterprises struggle to keep the pace of business that consumers or competitors demand, they continuously strive to better manage and protect their data, making it more readily accessible and available without compromising security. Digital Guardian data classification provides a solution to these challenges and is a foundational element to your entire data security program.

Why Data Classification is Foundational in the Modern Business Climate

In order to make sense of the ever-increasing volume of data, businesses must gain an understanding of what data requires protection and the appropriate level of protection. The data classification process involves first discovering data, regardless of where it resides, then determining appropriate categories, identifying various levels of sensitivity, and outlining policies and procedures that allow employees and others who come in contact with the organization’s data to operate within the framework of compliance.

Historically regarded as a challenging process, data discovery and classification provides insights on the types of data within your organization, data sensitivity, where data is stored, and how it’s accessed and protected. However, modern approaches to data classification have made the process scalable and achievable for all organizations.

Data classification is increasingly important for enterprises that must maintain strict compliance with regulatory requirements, such as the ability to retrieve data within specified timeframes to document compliance. Data classification is not merely a security solution (although it’s a critically important one), but it also makes an organization’s data more organized and streamlines the process for employees and other users to quickly find the correct information. In the event of a breach, classification can also guide incident response efforts by providing detail on what level of information was externally exposed.

Data Classification Puts the Focus Where It Matters

Data classification ensures that your focus is always on the data that matters most. Coupled with other security measures such as data loss prevention and endpoint detection and response, data classification enables you to prioritize threat alerts and identified risks based on those targeting your most sensitive and valuable information.

Digital Guardian Streamlines Data Classification

Digital Guardian automatically identifies, classifies, and tracks sensitive data from the moment it is created, modified, or transmitted. Instead of waiting to complete a lengthy, data classification project, Digital Guardian enables enterprises to achieve meaningful and scalable data protection immediately.

Traditional data classification processes can’t keep pace with the lightning speed at which enterprise data is growing today. Classification simply must occur as rapidly as data is being created, accessed, and shared within an organization. Otherwise, the process is for naught, as sensitive data can be easily missed.

Digital Guardian discovers and classifies data on endpoints, databases, file shares, and in the cloud to reflect today’s diverse data storage reality. Digital Guardian is the only data classification solution that’s both automatic and persistent, triggered at the endpoint the moment an action is taken on a file (e.g. creation, modification, duplication). Scheduled scans of file shares, cloud, and databases provide the enterprise-wide visibility to document compliance.

It’s also both content- and context-aware, so you’re not left with a partial picture of your data. Digital Guardian’s deep visibility to all data interactions enables you to know precisely who created what data, where it came from, how they created it, and why. Digital Guardian protects all of your data, regardless of whether it lives within or outside of your corporate network. What’s more, it can be configured for automatic classification and/or classification by user control, giving you complete and total control over your enterprise data classification process from the start.

Digital Guardian’s Data Classification Solution is Deployed Across Your User Base with Full Visibility and Control

Unlike other traditional classification solutions, Digital Guardian’s data classification solution is easily deployed across your entire user base. It’s the only endpoint security agent that’s compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac; our appliances deploy quickly for the network, cloud, and database classification needed.

Data discovery and classification goes far beyond organization; it provides visibility into where your most sensitive data is located, as well as who has access to it, how it’s utilized, in what circumstances it is at risk, and potential ways it can be protected.

Digital Guardian’s comprehensive data classification solution meets requirements for regulatory compliance by identifying sensitive data such as electronic health records (as required by HIPAA), cardholder data (as required by PCI), confidential or proprietary design documents (as required by ITAR), and other structured and unstructured data. With automated data discovery and classification, you can support complete compliance efforts by never missing sensitive data or inadvertently allowing it to escape your control.

Digital Guardian doesn’t stop with data classification. An integrated security platform, Digital Guardian not only handles data discovery and classification, but protects the enterprise from every angle, defending against both insider and outsider threats. No other solution is capable of meeting the vast array of security requirements for modern enterprises from a single platform.