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Advanced Classification of Information
Transcript of Advanced Classification of Information
by Vicente Aceituno
When information is efficiently Classified, management becomes easier, therefore information becomes easier to protect.
The number of categories is important. There should be as many categories as ways to protect information.
Let's check what are the most relevant criteria for classifying information.
Who can use it?
You can classify information depending on who can access it.
Who is the owner?
You can classify information depending on who owns it.
Intellectual Property of the organization.
Intellectual Propery of third parties.
Personal information of Customers.
Who controls it?
When you control information you can copy or delete it. Sometimes the owner of information does not control it. It is complicated to protect information you own but don't control.
Third parties may control Intellectual Property of the organization.
Organizations often control Personal information of Customers.
The protection will be different if:
Users are accountable for the use of information or not.
Information is time sensitive.
Where is it located?
Depending on where the information is located it will be subject to different laws.
When should it possible
to use it?
The window of usability, number and frequency of acceptable interruptions require specific design approaches.
24x7, 99.999% uptime.
8x5, 99% uptime.
How long is the lifetime?
Depending on the lifetime, specific protection against obsolescence might be necessary.
When does it expire?
Information that expires has to be deleted for good at the end lifetime.
Does not expire.
What are the compliance requirements?
Some types of information carry compliance requirements.
Classification simplifies management.
Secrecy is just one among multiple criteria for classification.
Lack of classification leads to poor protection design.