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Tuesday 17 October 2017
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Home Office 10 golden rules for staff

Version: KR/GPG/2/1.0
Author: Home Office

 

  1. Never access personal or protectively marked information unless it is part of your job and you have a business need to do so.

  2. Never give out personal or protectively marked information over the phone or in any other way unless you are absolutely sure who you are giving it to and that they are entitled to that data.

  3. Observe a clear desk policy. Never leave personal or protectively marked information out on your desk when you are not around and always 'lock' your computer before leaving your desk.

  4. Choose your password carefully and never let anyone else know it.

  5. Challenge anybody you see in your building who is not wearing an appropriate security pass.

  6. Never take personal or protectively marked information out of the office without permission and always handle it according to the rules. Never use removable media (such as a memory stick, CD-ROM or laptop) unless it is business critical that you do so and encrypted to a Home Office approved standard.

  7. Keep your laptop, Blackberry, phone and any official papers secure at all times. Never leave them unattended.

  8. When working outside the office environment, you must ensure that any conversations or telephone calls are not overheard and that information cannot be seen by others.

  9. Always make sure you know what protective marking the information should have and stick to the rules for that level of protection.

  10. When emailing personal or protectively marked information beyond the secure government network, send only what you absolutely need to and ensure it is encrypted to a Home Office approved standard.