British Standards Institute

BS10010:2017 is a specification for information classification, marking and handling (ICMH) schemes. This guidance is useful for organisations that worry about the sensitivity of the information assets they create, use and share. BS10010:2017 intends to encourage organisations of any size to use a managed, and more consistent, approach to handling information assets on the basis of their classification and marking.

This standard gives you a better understanding of how data classification can help your organisation, as well as the fundamentals of creating a scheme. Data classification can deliver a significant improvement to the way sensitive information is managed, both within the user’s own organisation, as well as any external organisation you share information with. It can also contribute to the protection of the organisation’s investments, income, reputation and future.

Supporting organisations in implementing data classification
Supporting organisations in implementing data classification

The new standard has been introduced at a time where global data security regulations are being tightened, and completely new regulations are being established such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and a recently approved privacy amendment to the Australian Privacy Act. Data classification is a good place to start in protecting your data in order to begin compliance with these kinds of regulations.

So if your organisation is looking to implement, or even talk internally about establishing a data classification scheme, this standard is a great place to start. BS10010:2017 will guide you through the setup, running and review of a data classification scheme, giving you a framework to help kick start a project rather than having to initiate something from scratch.

Information classification, marking and handling

This standard is intended to support organisations to:

  • Meet strategic objectives and risk management goals
  • Meet legal, regulatory and standard compliance obligations
  • Learn how to secure, protect and share sensitive information appropriately
  • Improve user understanding of the value of organisational data, and how to handle it

Find out more with the BS10010:2017 British Standards Institute Factsheet

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