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Protect Data, Warns ISF

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Recent high profile date losses have highlighted the need for better information classification and the implementation of data protection measures based on the level of sensitivity and confidentiality, according to the Information Security Forum (ISF). In its latest report, the ISF suggests that because many existing approaches to information classification are overly complex they rarely deliver business benefits and are often simply ignored.

"Traditional Information classification is characterised by the 'Top Secret' rubber stamp in James Bond films," says Nick Frost, the report's author and senior research consultant at the ISF. "Today, information exists in many different forms, from paper documents and verbal communications to the masses of electronic data stored, transmitted and processed. While introducing an effective enterprise wide scheme is daunting, organisations can no longer afford to ignore its importance if further embarrassing data loses are to be avoided."

Information Security Forum (ISF)