Did you revise security classification levels for information assets as a result of increased home working and use of home broadband hubs?
UK government secrets classification levels were revised in the last 8 years to reflect the digital age and reduce confusion. There are some good principles that most businesses could benefit from for example The Cabinet Office advised that departments consider re-classifying documents when shared outside of the organisation.
TOP SECRET compromise could cause widespread loss of life or else threaten the security or economic wellbeing of the country or friendly nations.
1. TOP SECRET compromise could cause widespread loss of life or else threaten the security or economic wellbeing of the country or friendly nations.
2. SECRET compromise could seriously damage military capabilities, international relations or the investigation of serious organised crime
3. OFFICIAL could have damaging consequences if lost, stolen or published in the media, but are not subject to a heightened threat profile.
Principle 1: ALL information that HMG needs to collect, store, process, generate or share to deliver services and conduct government business has intrinsic value and requires an appropriate degree of protection.
Principle 2: EVERYONE who works with government (including staff, contractors and service providers) has a duty of confidentiality and a responsibility to safeguard any HMG information or data that they access, irrespective of whether it is marked or not, and must be provided with appropriate training.
Principle 3: Access to sensitive information must ONLY be granted on the basis of a genuine ‘need to know’ and an appropriate personnel security control.
Principle 4: Assets received from or exchanged with external partners MUST be protected in accordance with any relevant legislative or regulatory requirements, including any international agreements and obligations.
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