Data Classification 101

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Data Classification 101: What is data classification and how does Dathena stand out?

Data classification is of fundamental importance when it comes to risk management, compliance, and data security. Classifying documents accurately makes all the difference when protecting highly sensitive documents on devices that connect to unsecured networks, or even that could be lost or stolen. It can also help determine which documents are unsafe to share externally, or even internally.

As such, data classification is the building block for data protection policies and DLP rules. If these DLP rules aren’t informed by data classification, then they simply won’t work. Indeed, if you don’t know how sensitive a document is or what it refers to, then you cannot protect it adequately.

Below, you will find some data classification examples to illustrate the different types of classification levels, and how Dathena can help you implement them accurately to supercharge your data protection efforts.


What are different types of data classification?

Data classification tools organize documents into relevant categories such as confidentiality, sensitivity or even business category. While this classification is based on multiple criteria, most common classification software usually leverage a predefined set of keywords and templates, or manually defined rules to label documents.

Once these documents are classified, the data classification levels are correlated to security measures that need to be put in place inside an organization. It can also be translated into tagging to make this data more easily searchable and trackable


How does Dathena stand out?

At Dathena, we have advanced the science of data classification by incorporating both context analysis and content awareness as features into our AI-powered engine. This industry-leading innovation ensures much greater accuracy in data classification levels for your document classification and labelling.

Content awareness focuses on the meaning and semantics of a document, offering a baseline for identifying the classification of the file. This includes the grammatical rules of the text, the repeated sequences of words and more generally the topic of a document. Content awareness also involves analyzing a document’s content to determine if it includes sensitive information (e.g. names, passports numbers, ID information and so on).

In contrast, context analysis looks at metadata of the files, which can be seen as document properties, such as the size, the format, and the path of the document to determine whether it is sensitive. Taking the example of the file path, we can identify previously hidden context that can in turn can be used to fine tune the classification and improve the accuracy of the predictions.

For more information on the technology behind Dathena’s data classification engine, you can download our whitepaper.


Proprietary AI Technology

Dathena’s classification engine is based on proprietary AI models and algorithms that allow us to provide up to 99% of accuracy in our predictions. It can also provide visibility into who is using the data and what actions they are performing. This information is then used to recertify accesses internally, identify suspicious data sharing externally, and prevent data theft and loss.

Automated data classification using AI also ensures organizations can identify, classify and protect their documents an ongoing basis, whether sensitive data is stored on private servers and storage systems, or on the cloud.

In summary, data classification gives you the necessary information to properly secure your data. It allows making sense of the mountains of unclassified and unintelligible data stored in your organization’s filesystem, whether it is a small company or a large enterprise.

Dathena’s AI-powered data classification software allows you to do so with great accuracy and lightning speed. It scans all your files to identify your sensitive documents and ensuring they are assigned the correct data classification levels to enable their safeguarding. Shine with confidence and get first-class security with Dathena!



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