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Data Classification: Ensure Confidence in Your Data

Use data governance principles to adjust out-of-the-box solutions to establish confidence in your data.

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Out-of-the-box data classifications are a great start to find your data but sometimes need deeper validation, as they can find hundreds of false positives in their initial tests. Prominence Advisors helps your organization rapidly iterate, validate, and deploy data classification solutions.

Whether you already have Data Governance technology or are in the market for a new data catalog tool, Prominence Advisors can set your organization up for strategic success.

Out-of-the-box solutions are a great start, but need deeper validation to ensure the classification works in your environment given differences in data structure and content unique to your organization.

Data Classification in Action

See how the Prominence Advisors team assisted Providence with data classification, empowering them to do more with their data.

Watch the webinar to see how we were able to give this organization confidence in the accuracy of their data by reducing their false positive rate to zero!

Spend Time Using Data, Not Curating It
Put your data catalog to work, automating the task of: 
  • Identifying where sensitive data, like PHI and PII, lives in various databases and data stores to share that information with downstream systems for data masking and data permissioning tools
  • Confidently providing your team with accurate and timely data 
What is Data Classification?
Data classification is the systematic application of a tag to columns and tables based on rules
  • The rules can look at the metadata and data captured in the data catalog and profile of a table and column.
  • Rules are normally based on both name-based criteria and data-based criteria.
  • For data classification assignment, the user can configure the data classification to utilize name only rules, data only rules or both. The user can also set thresholds for assignment.
Implementing Successful Data Classification
Prominence uses a proven methodology to test data classifications prior to implementation in large databases, in which we: 
  • Operationalize privacy policies through providing transparency at the data element level
  • Identify appropriate error thresholds for the specific use case
  • Utilize test data to validate rules prior to implementation

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Please click on any of the below questions to see more information.
What is a Data Catalog?
    A data catalog organizes and inventories data assets within an organization. It serves as a powerful, centralized location to catalog key metadata associated with data assets.
Why use a Data Catalog?
    Utilizing a data catalog allows you to understand the impacts and lineage across your data.It also helps you collect, organization, access and enrich data to support data discovery, self-service, and governance.
What Data Catalog options exist?
    Numerous options exist, like tack-specific catalogs (Purview, Databricks Data Unity) and enterprise platforms (Informatica and Collibra).
What does "Data Classification" mean?
    Data classification in healthcare IT refers to the process of categorizing sensitive and non-sensitive information within the healthcare industry. This helps organizations prioritize security measures and compliance requirements. By assigning labels such as "confidential," "restricted," and "public" to data, healthcare providers can effectively manage access, storage, and sharing of patient information while ensuring compliance with regulations like HIPAA.
Why is Data Classification important for Healthcare Organizations?
    Data classification is crucial for healthcare organizations to safeguard patient privacy, maintain regulatory compliance, and manage data effectively. By properly classifying data, organizations can control who has access to sensitive medical records and protect against unauthorized disclosures. This proactive approach not only enhances patient trust but also prevents costly breaches and legal consequences.
How does Data Classification contribute to HIPAA Compliance?
    Data classification directly supports HIPAA compliance by enabling healthcare entities to identify, categorize, and protect sensitive patient data. Proper classification ensures that only authorized personnel can access and handle confidential medical records, reducing the risk of data breaches. Implementing data classification aligns with HIPAA's Security Rule, which mandates safeguarding electronic protected health information (ePHI).
How can Prominence Advisors assist with Data Classification?
    Prominence Advisors specializes in guiding healthcare organizations through the process of data classification. We offer expert advice on developing tailored data classification frameworks, selecting appropriate labeling systems, and implementing robust security controls. Our consultants are well-versed in healthcare regulations and can help you achieve seamless data classification while ensuring compliance with industry standards.
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