One way to feel confident that your data is secure is by achieving SOC 2 certification. This would indicate that your company has met specific data security requirements. Perhaps even more important than becoming SOC 2 certified, however, is your organization’s continued compliance. Fortunately, data classification can help your company achieve SOC 2 certification and remain compliant.
Cloud-based platforms like Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 make collaboration between team members extremely convenient especially when team members are working remotely.
However, if data that is stored in the cloud is not properly protected, it can be susceptible to theft, data leaks, and more. Keeping your data secure is crucial to business operations, finances, and your reputation.
Let’s dive deeper into SOC 2 compliance
SOC 2 is an audit that checks to make sure your organization is properly managing and protecting its data. To become SOC 2 certified, a company must meet criteria specific to their organization and their data.
While the criteria are unique to the company attempting to become certified, they all fall within five “trust service principles”: security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy.
The audit looks to see how well your system protects your data from unauthorized access, how accessible your system is. The accuracy and effectiveness of your data processing, if your data is being properly protected, and your system’s use of personal information.
Data classification can help your company achieve SOC 2 certification and remain SOC 2 compliant.
Data Classification Identifies how Sensitive the Data is
Data classification is the process of determining and assigning sensitivity level to the data relative to its value. Data classification process provides a way to ensure sensitive information is handled according to the risk it poses to the organization. Through this process, one can define how company data should be classified based on sensitivity and then create security policies appropriate to each class.
The Classification label can identify the data as public (non-sensitive and safe for the general public to know), internal (moderately sensitive and safe only for the company’s internal team to know) or confidential (highly sensitive, safe only for specific people to know, and could cause harm to the company if it gets into the wrong hands).
Data should be classified based on the context. The classification labels should be applied to the while it is being created, modified or before sharing with others.
Data classification identifies how sensitive the data is, who is allowed to access it, and what can be done with it.
This is especially important in today’s digital world, as data often need to be able to travel between people, devices, services, and apps.
Data classification ensures you can securely share sensitive data between the appropriate people while keeping it out of the wrong hands and preventing accidental data leaks or theft.
SOC 2 Data Classification Compliance
SOC 2 certification looks at how well your company keeps data secure and prevents sensitive information from reaching people it shouldn’t reach.
Data classification is crucial for becoming and staying SOC 2 compliant because it helps your company meet its confidentiality, privacy, and security criteria.
By classifying data as public, internal or confidential, you’re clarifying who is and is not permitted to access the data. You’re also restricting how and where the data can be used or shared. This ensures that public information can be shared, internal information stays within the company, and confidential information is used appropriately. All of this contributes to your company’s SOC 2 compliance efforts.
Sekure’s Automatic Data Classification
While your team could perform data classification manually, it’s highly inefficient.
Instead, automate your data classification process with Sekure, the first cloud-native data classification and governance solution that helps your organization automatically identify, classify, monitor and protect sensitive data stored in cloud-based collaboration platforms.
Sekure features a classification engine that automatically classifies your data based on content and/or context when it’s created and when it’s modified.
Additionally, Sekure features a continuous compliance engine, which automatically identifies data in the cloud that is out of compliance, allowing your team to easily pinpoint and resolve the issue.
Our governance platform works in real time to help your team reduce blind spots, leaks and the risks associated with them.
When you want to ensure your company is SOC 2 certification compliant, data classification is a must. Sekure automatically classifies your data so there’s no room for human error. Want to see what Sekure can do for your company? Click here to learn more about our platform and request a demo.