Data Classification assists Cloud decisions

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | July 12th, 2013

dataBusinesses faced with decisions around whether to move parts or all of their infrastructure to the Cloud can often have two primary concerns; the security and safety of their data and what laws their data will be subject to, depending on where in the world it is being stored.

Data sovereignty can be addressed by partnering with an IT company that offers Virtual Private Cloud storage from Australian based Data Centres.  This ensures that their business data is governed by Australian laws and legislation.

How to use Data Classification?

Data classification can be used as a tool for helping organisations decide what data they are willing to store in a Public Cloud environment, where sovereignty could be an issue.  It can be a great way of deciding what information would be more suitable for a Private Cloud, where greater control can be held over where data is stored and how it is backed up and maintained.

Basic criteria for data classification can include things like the importance or value of the data, frequency of use, whether it is structured data (accessible only through an application or Application Programming Interface) or unstructured (documents, photos, pictures, multimedia).  When it was created, who created it, which users access it the most and the topic of the content are all criterion that can factor into how data is classified and where it should best be stored.

Before ruling out Cloud storage based on fears around data sovereignty and safety, consider running the data you have through a set of classification criteria to determine what’s critical and assigning value to the different types of data you have.  This can go a long way to helping with the decision making process around how to best put your data in the Cloud.

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