Like most acronyms, it’s all about perception and when it comes to protective marking it’s no different. Anyone who has heard of the Governments Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS) thinks it’s purely about following guidelines and implementing a draconian labelling solution pushed upon them by Government.
The reality though is it’s more about good house-keeping and managing data efficiently and controlling a very important business asset. It’s also about educating your people and empowering them to make business critical decisions about what is and isn’t important to the business.
GPMS (a marking scheme) should be viewed as a value-add to the business as it drives other technologies when incorporated as an automated solution. It can alleviate the stresses of Data Loss Prevention (DLP) by decreasing false positives and invoking encryption automatically rather than leaving it down to individuals to make a subjective and sometimes incorrect decision. See GPMS in this light and all of a sudden it’s a business benefit which becomes a useful security tool to oil the wheels of all the other solutions you may have already deployed.
The benefits are both tangible and intangible, with the tangible side being the protection against data breaches and the subsequent fines incurred when you fall foul of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The current fines levied per breach can be up to £500,000. In new proposals designed to strengthen and harmonise data protection laws across the EU, the European Commission recently suggested that firms could be fined up to 2% of their global annual turnover if they fail to comply with data laws. The new proposals include an obligation on organisations to report data breaches as soon as possible and for organisations of 250+ employees to appoint a data protection officer.
See GPMS not as “GENERALLY PEOPLE MARK SENSIBLY” but as “GREAT PEOPLE MARK SECURELY”. Make each and every one of your staff a security officer in their own mind and see your business PROTECTED using a information classification solution such as the Boldon James Classifier!