This course explains how to derivatively classify national security
information from a classification management perspective. The course
describes the process and methods for derivatively classifying information;
identifies authorized sources to use when derivatively classifying information
and explains how to apply authorized sources, through derivatively classifying
information based on the concepts of "contained in," "revealed by,"
and compilation. The course also discusses the responsibilities associated
with derivatively classifying information, to include avoidance of over-classification,
classification prohibitions and limitations, information sharing, classification
challenges, and security incidents and sanctions.
This course is a refresher on how to derivatively classify national
security information from a classification management perspective. The
course discusses the responsibilities and general principles associated
with derivatively classifying information to include avoidance of over-classification,
principles of derivative classification, classification prohibitions
and limitations, classification levels, security classification guidance,
identification and markings, information sharing, duration of classification,
classification challenges, and security incidents and sanctions. This
course also meets the requirement for government and industry personnel
performing derivative classification duties to refresh their derivative
classification training once every two years as outlined in Executive
Order 13526, DoDM 5200.01, Vol. 3, DoD Information Security Program,
and DoD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual
This course helps provide Original Classification Authorities (OCAs)
and derivative classifiers with the requisite knowledge for developing
and employing security classification and declassification guidance.
This course identifies U.S. Government and Department of Defense (DoD)
policies applicable for developing classification guidance, explains
the classification determination process, outlines the process for security
classification guides and other types of classification guidance, and
describes the process for developing declassification guides.
Job Aid: Derivative
The CDSE has provided this training document that derivative classifiers
are required to have training once every two years on the proper application
of the derivative classification principles of the order with an emphasis
on avoiding over-classification. It is designed for wide dissemination
as a hand-out for use by security managers and derivative classifiers.
This job aid also provides an overview of the approved security classification
documents that assist in analyzing and evaluating information for identification
of elements that require classification.