DATA-1 Data Classification

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What is DATA-1 Data Classification Control?

Data classification is the primary means by which data is protected based on its need for secrecy, sensitivity, or confidentiality. It is inefficient to treat all data the same when designing and implementing a security system. Some systems need more security than others. Each organization must identify all the systems in use and classify the data stored within these systems by assigning criteria of relevance. The criteria by which data is classified vary based on the organization performing the classification. Using whatever criteria are appropriate for each organization, the data is evaluated, and an appropriate data classification label is assigned to it.
TrustCloud has made this process approachable and classifies systems into four categories:

  • Customer Confidential
  • [Company] Restricted
  • [Company] Confidential
  • Public

This classification can be adjusted as needed within the policy.

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Control implementation

NOTE: This control is 100% automated by TrustCloud. Connect your system to enjoy the benefits of automation.

To implement this control manually:

  1. Define and document a process for personnel to quickly classify data.
  2. Classify all data and systems and maintain an inventory.
  3. Review and refresh the inventory frequently.

What evidence do auditors look for?

Most auditors, at a minimum, are looking for the below-suggested action:

  1. Provide the most recently updated data classification policy.

Evidence example

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