General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , Governance & Risk Management , Standards, Regulations & Compliance

Why Data Classification Has Gone Mainstream

Regulations Such as GDPR Drive More Classification, Says Tony Pepper of Egress
Tony Pepper, CEO, Egress

Driven by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and other regulations, as well as the move to the cloud, more organizations are turning to data classification, says Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress.

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"It's mainstream now," he says. "Fundamentally, what every business needs to understand now is what is sensitive and what is less sensitive," and then apply the right kind of policies and controls to protect - and perhaps even silo - that data, he explains.

"Classification on its own is not good enough. But when you use it alongside other tools, like encryption, or like rights management - maybe some AI that allows you to control who it goes to and how - then classification is really part of a much wider story."

In a video interview at the 2018 Infosecurity Europe conference in London, Pepper discusses:

  • Protecting unstructured data;
  • Starting small: Why it's never too late to start classifying data;
  • How regulations, including GDPR, are leading more organizations to classify data.

A co-founder of Egress Software Technologies, Pepper currently serves as its CEO. Previously, he held executive management positions at Reflex Magnetics, Pointsec Mobile Technologies and Check Point Software Technologies.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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