Data Classification & Categorization
Data Ownership
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This course is the second installment of three courses covering Domain 2 of the CSSLP, covering the topic of data classification and categorization.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the fundamentals of data classification and categorization
  • Learn about the security implications of data ownership and labeling
  • Learn about different data types and the data lifecycle

Intended Audience

This course is designed for those looking to take the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)​ certification, or for anyone interested in the topics it covers.


Any experience relating to information security would be advantageous, but not essential. All topics discussed are thoroughly explained and presented in a way allowing the information to be absorbed by everyone, regardless of experience within the security field.


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So the data management policy will discuss labeling, and this will reflect all relevant attributes of the data that should be indicated to ensure that all accessing the object, understand the characteristics and therefore, the constraints and rules. The labels should include some elements that describe the sensitivity. And these would be terms of impact if exposed or regulatory obligations have not been met and the regulatory obligations for the protection of this asset. And these would be used to assign or deny access to the subject seeking access.

We have to be sure that we have clear definition of impact. This is typically defined in terms of adverse consequences if the data is compromised in any way. This would include the loss of integrity, unauthorized disclosure, or breach and non-availability. And the typical way that we measure this and report this within the data policies, rules is the financial impact, potential regulatory failures, and increasingly the reputational damage that our entity might suffer if it becomes public knowledge.

About the Author
Learning Paths

Mr. Leo has been in Information System for 38 years, and an Information Security professional for over 36 years.  He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant.  His past employers include IBM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International.  A NASA contractor for 22 years, from 1998 to 2002 he was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.  From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


Upon attaining his CISSP license in 1997, Mr. Leo joined ISC2 (a professional role) as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, and served in this role until 2004.   During this time, he formulated and directed the effort that produced what became and remains the standard curriculum used to train CISSP candidates worldwide.  He has maintained his professional standards as a professional educator and has since trained and certified nearly 8500 CISSP candidates since 1998, and nearly 2500 in HIPAA compliance certification since 2004.  Mr. leo is an ISC2 Certified Instructor.