A Christmas Tale – The Importance of Labels

Employee round-table discussion
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Having bought, and in my case, wrestled for several hours with the presents until they are wrapped or at least covered for the nearest and dearest, one is left with the final tasks of labelling the gifts.

A label on a present can convey a number of things.  The obvious reason being who it’s for and who has sent the gift. One can also attached heartfelt sentiments and even a brief teasing guess at what might be inside, but what is for sure is that if there is a present without a label, then all kinds of fun can ensue!

Imagine for a moment your family sat around the Christmas tree with all the presents laid out in front of them, but missing are the all-important labels from their boxes.  The carnage and chaos that would occur may make entertaining tales in future years, but the process of deciphering who the gift is for and who sent it may even cause Bletchley Park a severe headache.

A second scenario could be that the labels are applied to the presents, but not necessarily the correct present. Again chaos and confusions would prevail with bewildered looks and maybe even offend relations who don’t appreciate their unusual present!

The process of not labelling, or equally mislabelling, a present is something we would not contemplate doing for obvious reasons.  However many organisations still do not implement a labelling process for their own data. Without such a process in place, the value of that data and who it applies to can be overlooked, misappropriated or misunderstood. Implementing a data classification solution within your organisation no only ensures that employees understand the value of the data they are handling on a daily basis, and therefore becoming more data aware, but also means you can reduce the risk of a costly data leak and comply with various rules and regulations, alongside many of the other benefits.