SECURITY PROCESSING MODES AND ACCREDITATION
CRITICAL TASK: NONE.
In this lesson you will learn the various security processing modes and the computer accreditation
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Identify and define the security processing modes, define accreditation, explain
accreditation requirements for Army computers, and Identify the Designated
Accreditation Authorities (DAA).
You will be given narrative information and extracts from AR 380-19.
You will be able to determine the required security processing mode for Army
computers, and request an accreditation from he proper DAA.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications:
Part A: Security Processing Modes
The security processing mode of an Army computer will be determined based on the classification or
sensitivity and formal categories of data, and the clearances, access approval, and need-to-know of
the users of the system. The available or proposed security features of the system are not relevant in
determining the actual security mode. All Army computers will be accredited to operate in one of four
security processing modes.
Part B: Explanation of terms
Formal categories of information: Information, such as SCI and NATO classified, which require written
approval for access.
Formal access approval: Documented (written) approval for access to a particular category of
information, such as SCI or NATO classified.