Exactly. Protocol applies to many walks of life. That does not make it a verb, poor you. And "protocol" is first and foremost a diplomatic word, later hijacked for use in other fields - nothing more normal.
Tell me, does the Webster, American dictionary, list "protocol" as a verb? NOT. Sigh.
WHAT A DUMB NUT YOU ARE.
AGAIN, in today's everyday life in terms of modern-day speech, that is the way people talk in that way sometimes.
For example, you may not find that the dictionary defines the word save used as a noun.
But sometimes when people talk about things in general these days, save is indeed used as a noun.
THE example of save used a NOUN too is as: Joe Balona went surfing and met a big shark biting his legs tearing to the condition of (legs) almost gone, doctors and surgeons after attending Joe Balona, say there is NO SAVE (used as NOUN) of the legs--in other words, Joe Balona cannot walk again because the doctors cannot save (used as VERB) HIS LEGS.
DOCTORS suggest condition is so and that legs have to be cut off, to be replaced with artificial legs (like many of the injured coming back form Iraq war) in order to walk again.
It is all the same for protocol AND save in todays way of talks.