Archive for the ‘Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)’ Category

Top Data Security Blog Posts for 2011: Data Classification, Mobile Security, Data Security and Compliance, Data Loss Prevention, and Cloud Data Security

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I thought it would be interesting to provide a list of the most popular data security articles on this blog. Here are the topics and articles that were most popular with our readers:

1) Data Classification

More and more commercial organizations have started to see data classification as the foundation of their information protection strategy. We wrote several articles about this trend, including an article that described how to implement a data classification policy in 5 simple steps, and an article that recommended best practices for defining a data classification scheme. Readers were also interested in how to use classification software to bulk classify, mark, and label large numbers of files.

2) Mobile Security

Mobile security has become a hot topic, especially with the trend toward consumerization of mobile devices. (more…)

Controlled Unclassified Information(CUI): The CUI Registry is out!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

On November 4, 2011, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released the first-ever registry for Controlled Unclassified Information(CUI) for records that are not classified as top secret or secret, but require some protection. The release of this registry meets one of the first targets of President Obama’s Executive Order on Controlled Unclassified Information.

The order stated that “Within 1 year of the date of this order, the Executive Agent shall establish and maintain a public CUI registry reflecting authorized CUI categories and subcategories”. Although much work remains, the new registry “is certainly an important milestone,” according to John Fitzpatrick, the office’s director. Looking back at the origin of this registry, one of the key reasons to move forward with this initiative was that executive branch performance “suffers immensely from interagency inconsistency” in the CUI arena. And no wonder– there were 117 different markings. The results were inconsistent marking and safeguarding of documents, which led to unclear or unnecessarily restrictive dissemination policies, and created impediments to authorized information sharing. 

The new CUI registry provides a common definition, standardizes processes and procedures and breaks CUI down into 15 subject categories, such as law enforcement, immigration and privacy, followed by 85 subcategories (“privacy-contract use,” privacy-financial,” and so on.) It also justifies each with a reference to a specific law, regulation or government-wide policy. The next major steps (more…)

Best Practices for Defining a Classification Scheme

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

In my previous blog post, 5 Easy Steps for Implementing a Classification Policy, I discussed the importance of starting with a simple set of classification labels. In this post, I will expand on the topic of classification schemes, especially as they apply to commercial organizations.

At TITUS, we recommend that organizations try to keep the number of classification options down to four or fewer. We find that the simpler your classification scheme, the easier it will be for users to decide which category to use. Later, as your users become used to classifying content, you can add additional categories.

Many organizations use three categories:

1) A category such as “Public” to indicate non-sensitive information
2) An “Internal” category for information that should stay within the organization
3) A category such as “Confidential” or “Restricted” for information that is particularly sensitive

Surprisingly, the “Public” category is often what causes the most debate in commercial organizations. (more…)

Is Your Agency Ready for CUI Compliance? Meet Your December 6th Deadline

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

On November 4, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new Executive Order to establish a uniform policy for the government treatment of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI).  This framework standardizes practices around the sharing of Controlled Unclassified Information, with the goal of improving the sharing of information within the executive departments of the U.S. Federal Government.

Government agencies must complete a number of deliverables as part of the CUI implementation plan. In May 2011, agencies were required to submit a catalogue of proposed Controlled Unclassified Information categories to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The next step is for agencies to develop a CUI compliance plan, which is due by December 6, 2011.

TITUS has partnered with PKH Enterprises to help agencies develop their CUI compliance plan. In a joint white paper with Patricia Hammar, executive secretary of the CUI Presidential Task Force, we provide expert advice, templates, and best practices from governments that have implemented similar initiatives. The white paper, called “Protect Your CUI Data: 5 Steps to Implementing Your Controlled Unclassified Information Plan”, includes the following content: (more…)