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Configure security policies to manage data

Configure data classification
Primary characteristics of data classification:

  • Facilitates storage optimization, identifies risks associated with data, and helps compliance
  • Applies equally regardless of:
    • Data state: at rest, in process, and in transit
    • Data format: structured and unstructured

Implementing data classification in Azure SQL Database:

  • Available as part of Advanced Data Security offeringΒ 
    • Data discovery and classification (in preview as of March 2019)
    • Configurable via the Azure portal
  • Provides a set of capabilities forming SQL Information Protection:
    • Discovery and recommendations
    • Labeling
    • Query result set sensitivity
    • Visibility

Configure data retention

  • Primary characteristics of data retention:
    • Dictates data recovery and disposal rules
    • Relates closely to data classification
    • Addresses regulatory, compliance, and corporate legal requirements
  • Implementing data retention for Azure Blob storage:
  • Relies on immutable storage: write once, read many (WORM)
  • Offers support for:
    • Time-based retention policies
    • Legal-hold policies
    • All blob tiers: hot, cool, and archive
    • Container-level configuration
    • Audit logging

Configure data sovereignty

  • Primary characteristics of data sovereignty:
    • Facilitates compliance with laws of the country (or region) where data is located
    • Prevents storing data in a foreign country
    • Typically includes provisions for data durability and resiliency
  • Implementing data sovereignty based on Azure regions:
    • Relies on paired regions: each region paired with another within the same geography (*)
    • Offers a range of benefits:
      • Physical isolation
      • Platform-provided replication
      • Region recovery order
      • Sequential updates
      • Data residency
      • Reflects Microsoft commitment to compliance Alt text of image

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