Definitions[edit | edit source]
|“||[a]ny information that has been determined to require protection against unauthorized disclosure to avoid harm to U.S. national security.||”|
|“||information (stored or conveyed, in any form) that is formally required by a security policy to be given data confidentiality service and to be marked with a security label (which in some cases might be implicit) to indicate its protected status.||”|
Overview[edit | edit source]
"The term is mainly used in government, especially in the military, although the concept underlying the term also applies outside government. In the U.S. Department of Defense, for example, it means information that has been determined pursuant to Executive Order 12958 ("Classified National Security Information", 20 April 1995) or any predecessor order to require protection against unauthorized disclosure and is marked to indicate its classified status when in documentary form."