Originating Author: Fred Moore
Data classification has become a hot storage industry topic. Knowing the value of your data is important to determine which data protection services to deploy as well as which data to encrypt but many businesses havenâ€™t gone through this process yet. Some very large businesses may only choose to encrypt their regulated data since managing the keys and the overall encryption process remains complex. Small and medium-size companies may consider encrypting just about everything to ease the management challenge of determining what to encrypt. The choices will vary by business and application. Standard data classification guidelines are listed in the following article: Classifying data and are primarily based on a recovery time objective (RTO). Keep in mind that certain data in each category can be a candidate for encryption.