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Build a Data Classification MVP for M365

Kickstart your governance with data classification users will actually use!

  • Resources are the primary obstacle to getting a foot hold in O365 governance, whether it is funding or FTE resources.
  • Data is segmented and is difficult to analyze when you can’t see it or manage the relationships between sources.
  • Organizations expect results early and quickly and a common obstacle is that building a proper data classification framework can take more than two years and the business can't wait that long.

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Critical Insight

  • Data classification is the lynchpin to ANY effective governance of O/M365 and your objective is to navigate through this easily and effectively and build a robust, secure, and viable governance model.
  • Start your journey by identifying what and where your data is and how much data you have. You need to understand what sensitive data you have and where it is stored before you can protect it or govern that data.
  • Ensure there is a high-level leader who is the champion of the governance objective.

Impact and Result

  • Using least complex sensitivity labels in your classification are your building blocks to compliance and security in your data management schema; they are your foundational steps.

Build a Data Classification MVP for M365 Research & Tools

1. Build a Data Classification MVP for M365 Deck – A guide for how to build a minimum-viable product for data classification that end users will actually use.

Discover where your data resides, what governance helps you do, and what types of data you're classifying. Then build your data and security protection baselines for your retention policy, sensitivity labels, workload containers, and both forced and unforced policies.

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