In order to protect the vital information within an organization, it must first be identified. When dealing with nongovernment classified information where there are designated levels of classification, a private organization can develop any level of classification it desires. The classification designation of a protected company should not be given the same classification name as government classified information: confidential, secret and top secret. If those designations were used it would confuse the company information with government information. Examples of company classifications may include:

Company restricted Company confidential Company classified Company protected

Each protected document should have a color coded cover sheet with the highest level of classification as provided in the examples given. Each page of the protected document should have the company classification at both the top and bottom of the page.