Février 29, 2024

Supercharge Your Data Discovery and Classification with Forcepoint

Bryan Arnott

If you’re responsible for securing data across your organization, the four Ws probably keep you up at night.

  • What data needs protection?
  • Where is that data?
  • Who has access to that data?
  • Why do they have access to that data?

Classify and Report with Confidence

Talk about a nightmare of a pop quiz!

Managing the ever-revolving digital doors of an enterprise means keeping a watchful eye over a healthy mix of regulated data, intellectual property and sensitive information. It’s a painstaking process that’s critical for every organization.

This is why Forcepoint is on a mission to supercharge data discovery and classification. We believe the process of identifying, assessing and classifying your data is a critical part of safeguarding it. And we believe that process should be as simple – and effective – as possible.

When devising a data discovery strategy, it’s important to think about shining a light on your organization’s dark data. It’s the old, obsolete and outdated data files that are no longer needed. While many organizations’ first instincts are to retain all data to help minimize potential risks, keeping everything actually increases those risks. Identifying Redundant, Obsolete and Trivial (ROT data) is a good starting point.


Data Discovery and Classification – Compliance, Plus Minimizing Data Breach Risk

There are over 160 global data privacy laws in place across the world today. That number continues to grow. These regulations dictate how local and multinational organizations must interact with and store sensitive data such as financial records or personally identifiable information.

The more countries your organization operates in, the more complicated and interwoven data security and compliance becomes. And the continued sprawl of structured and unstructured data – in the form of sensitive information, regulated data and intellectual property – only accelerates an already complicated problem.

Data discovery and classification gives enterprises the handle on the data they need to secure it. The methodology enables security practitioners to locate data across different files and applications. It also applies labels categorizing the data as public, internal or confidential—and provides more visibility in the process. Having improved data visibility also paves the way for reducing the risk for data breaches. It’s impossible to secure data you cannot see.


Effective data discovery and classification tools help address the following use cases:

  • Discovering  data on-premises and in the cloud.
  • Viewing permissions of who has access to that data and evaluating risk on an individual level.
  • Separating Redundant, Obsolete and Trivial (from crown jewels.
  • Covering a broad range of data fields and file types.
  • Classifying data at scale accurately on an ongoing basis.


Forcepoint Data Discovery and Classification Tools Set the Pace With the Help of AI

Data discovery and classification tools need to provide answers to the four Ws. If they can’t, your entire data security strategy is at risk of being ineffective because you can’t protect the data you don’t know you have.

Forcepoint Data Security Posture Management (powered by Getvisibility) uses machine learning, artificial intelligence and large language models to supercharge discovery and classification, giving enterprises a panoramic view of their data and the risk for each file. Continuous self-learning models enforce greater accuracy and efficiency over time, enabling organizations to combat the sprawl that makes discovery and classification so difficult to maintain.

Artificial intelligence greatly increases the accuracy of classification and discovery through a 50-dimensional AI model trained using your unique data and files, as well as LLMs using synthetic data. The result is highly accurate classification that cannot be achieved merely with dictionary terms and regex, which most widely deployed classification tools solely rely on.


DSPM plays a pivotal role in the lifecycle of an ongoing, comprehensive data security strategy:

Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) enables enterprises to identify, classify and orchestrate data to locate and respond to risks in near real time. Through AI-powered automation, organizations can proactively reduce risk and maintain compliance, scanning over 300 files per second - and up to 1 million files per hour - and classifying them with highly precise certainty.

It helps facilitate Zero Trust by identifying user permissions and adjusting for overshared files. It also reduces ROT data that can lead to more fales positves or even data exfiltration and waste already limited resources. It gives a bird’s eye view of your data, enabling leaner and quicker data discovery without sacrificing efficacy.

DSPM classifies data across the enterprise within more than 70 file types. It continuously improves the accuracy of classification by using artificial intelligence to evaluate more file types with greater precision and efficiency. It provides data classification at scale and when combined with Forcepoint DLP pre-built policies, it makes it easier for companies to meet regulatory requirements with out-of-the-box compliance.


Extend Data Security Everywhere with Forcepoint

Forcepoint Data Security Posture Management is an essential part of the building blocks of the Data Security Everywhere strategy. Supercharge data discovery and classification and simplify policy creation and enforcement across the enterprise with a suite of data security solutions.

Talk to an expert about how to get started with Data Security Everywhere today.

Bryan Arnott

Bryan Arnott is a Senior Content Marketer and Digital Strategist at Forcepoint.

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À propos de Forcepoint

Forcepoint est l’entreprise leader en cybersécurité pour la protection des utilisateurs et des données. Notre objectif est de protéger les entreprises tout en stimulant la transformation et la croissance numériques. Nos solutions s’adaptent en temps réel à la façon dont les personnes interagissent avec les données, et offrent un accès sécurisé tout en permettant aux employés de créer de la valeur.