New security papers can help small businesses manage data better

To help more small and medium-sized businesses manage data better, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing has just released two papers that outline data classification processes and benefits.

As the Trustworthy Computing blog reports, “Data Classification for Cloud Readiness” outlines the risks and issues that can be mitigated to ensure a smoother transition to a cloud service. The paper also dives into encryption, rights management and data loss prevention solutions. “CISO Perspectives on Data Classification” provides insight from the chief information security officers (CISOs) of three organizations about key data classification issues and challenges, and how they have implemented data classification.

As the blog explains, “Data classification is an important way for organizations to determine and assign relative values to the data they possess. By separating data into categories based on sensitivity (high, medium or low, for example), an organization can set protections and procedures for managing that data accordingly. This process can yield significant benefits, such as compliance efficiencies, improved resource management and facilitation of migration to the cloud.”

There’s a reason these resources may be especially useful for small businesses. According to aggregated data from Microsoft’s Cloud Security Readiness Tool, 43 percent of small businesses aren’t using well-defined data classification methodologies and may be improperly classifying personally identifiable information (PII).

You can download both papers and find out more information on the Trustworthy Computing blog.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff