6. Data security standards - big picture guides

These ten guides provide more information on the ten data security standards, including suggestions and examples of how the standards might be achieved.

'Big Picture Guides' provide more information about the 10 National Data Guardian standards and take you through the definitions used in the Data Security and Protection Toolkit.  The guides include suggestions and examples of how the standards might be achieved, how this relates to common current practises, together with useful resources.

To improve accessibility and future integration within the DSPT, we have released the Big Picture Guides as web resources.




The advice is the same as within the pdf versions on this page, however the look and feel is updated and is more interactive. The pdf versions will remain valid up until the publication deadline - 30 June 2022.

​When the new standard is released for the 22-23 toolkit, the Big Picture Guides will only be available as a web resource with no pdf counterparts.

If you have any comments on the new format, please contact us. We would welcome your feedback.

Historical guidance materials from 2020-21, 2018-19 and 2019-20 are available from: