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Enterprises Look to Classify and Ultimately Protect Unstructured Data


When asked about their current maturity around unstructured data classification and labeling, over 60% of IT and Security leaders responded that they have zero to minimal unstructured data classified and labeled. Additionally, only one respondent has a defined plan for a user-driven classification platform with all others having undefined or no plans at all.


Enterprises should consider defining and deploying classification labels now, to reduce the amount of data that will need to be bulk classified in the future

Hybrid Pathways Insight:

There are many reasons that unstructured data is neither classified nor labeled. If you are a Microsoft Office 365 customer (particularly with an E5 level license entitlement), we suggest evaluating Azure Information Protection (AIP) which is Microsoft’s data classification and protection solution. This could be a 3-5-year solution for enterprises looking to classify and ultimately protect their unstructured data. AIP data classification capabilities will soon be a built-in feature for the Office 365 client suite (Word, Excel, etc.), and enterprises with existing license entitlements (either E3 or E5 level) should consider defining and deploying classification labels now, to reduce the amount of data that will need to be bulk classified in the future.

Hybrid Pathways facilitated a Peer Knowledge Sharing survey with IT and Security leaders. The questions were submitted by the leaders and feedback was gathered from their peers in large enterprises across multiple industries. Cloud Security Services was a topic of concern.

If you have questions you’d like to ask your peers in our next survey, please let us know.

Learn how Hybrid Pathways can help you with Classifying and Labeling Unstructured Data


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