Specifying Printer Banners
The PRINTER BANNERS field occupies the first line or lines that can appear in
the handling instructions in the lower third of the banner and trailer pages.
At commercial sites, the Security Administrator role can associate any text in the
PRINTER BANNERS section with any compartment bit. The compartment bit must also be assigned
to a word in the SENSITIVITY LABELS section of the label_encodings file. In the
following example, the printer banner is the line that reads COMPANY CONFIDENTIAL: NEED_TO_KNOW HR.
Compartments from the print job's label are printed in the protect as field along
with the print job's protect as classification. In the following example, the compartment HR
from the label is printed as an access-related word along with the protect as
classification because all compartments are treated as access-related.
Figure 4-5 Commercial Use of PRINTER BANNERS on Banner Page
By convention in U.S. government installations, the printer banner line displays any warnings
that are associated with the subcompartments of the job's sensitivity label. The following
example shows a typical PRINTER BANNER at a government installation. Any string could
be specified instead of the string that is shown here: (FULL SA NAME).
Figure 4-6 Government Use of PRINTER BANNERS on Banner Page
Following are the encodings for the printer banner line (FULL SA NAME) in Figure 4-6.
First, the word (FULL SA NAME) is associated in the PRINTER BANNERS section of the
label_encodings with compartment bit 2.
Example 4-1 Defining Words in the PRINTER BANNERS
. . .
name= (FULL SA NAME); compartments= 2;
Example 4-2 shows the SENSITIVITY LABELS definitions for the same compartments that are used in
the PRINTER BANNER definitions in Figure 4-6. In the example, compartment bit 2 is associated
with the subcompartment word SA.
The printer banner displays as (FULL SA NAME) because:
The label contains the subcompartment word SA.
Compartment bit 2 is associated with the subcompartment word SA.
Compartment bit 2 is associated with the string (FULL SA NAME) in the PRINTER BANNERS encodings.
Example 4-2 Sensitivity Labels WORDS
Associated With PRINTER BANNERS
name= SB; minclass= TS; compartments= 3-5;
name= SA; minclass= TS; compartments= 2;
For a sample PRINTER BANNERS planner, see Planning the Printer Banners in a Worksheet.