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Data Classification Policy Template

On average, security teams spend over 76% of their time on data privacy-related tasks. 

With GDPR, CCPRA, and other increasingly strict regulations being enforced across the globe, businesses need a solid plan for categorizing their data. At the core of this is implementing a data classification policy.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hours creating a policy from scratch. Whether you have a fully-staffed security team or rely on one team member to handle data privacy and security policies, starting with a template can save you loads of time.

Download Your Template

Download and adjust this template to help you establish the parameters your company will use when classifying data. 

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Why Do I Need a Data Classification Policy?

Implementing a data classification policy is key in reaching and maintaining compliance for multiple frameworks, including SOC 2, ISO 27001, and HIPAA. It’s also a good data hygiene practice that will help keep your company information—including customer data—safe.
 
Data classification is the process of categorizing your data by sensitivity, type, and value. Good data classification practices can simplify how you search, track, and filter data within your company.
 
Use this policy to classify:
 
  • Customer data.
  • Internal communications.
  • Company information.

While you may need to classify some data manually, a bulk of it may be done with an automated platform. Automation can help you identify and classify sensitive material without taking up too much time from your privacy team.

If you’re looking to stay compliant with frameworks and regulation like GDPR, SOC 2, ISO 27001, PCI DSS, or HIPAA, you may also want to use a compliance automation platform that can continuously monitors your security posture and puts evidence collection on autopilot.

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