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Balancing Information Security and Information Sharing

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

We do a lot of work in the US Federal government, and we find that one of the biggest challenges facing the government is their ability to balance information security and information sharing. The recent attempt to blow up a jet over Detroit has once again highlighted issues of the intelligence agencies not sharing sensitive information with other federal government agencies.

We’ve just published a new white paper on how information classification and marking solutions can help government agencies with the challenge of information sharing. The white paper is called “Secure Information Sharing: Balancing the Need to Share With the Need to Protect”.

Information sharing is a critical requirement for achieving government transparency and protecting national security. But there needs to be a balance between information sharing and information protection – especially with sensitive information related to privacy, security, and law enforcement.

To enable effective and secure information sharing, government agencies first need to identify the sensitivity of the information they handle. However, without a tool to help users identify and mark information, markings are often absent, incorrect, or inconsistent. This hinders information sharing and increases the risk of inadvertent disclosure. This is especially important in environments like SharePoint which are usually put in place to facilitate information sharing.

Fortunately, information marking solutions enable users to apply uniform, consistent, and comprehensive markings to emails and documents – with minimal training and impact to regular business processes. Properly marked information helps ensure that the right information reaches the right people, and reduces the tendency to over-protect information. This ultimately improves government transparency and national security.