Part B: Basic Safeguards for Classified Information
AR 380-5 requires that you receive an initial security briefing before you are granted access to
classified information. The purpose of this briefing is to make sure that you understand the
procedures for safeguarding classified information. When you were introduced to classified
information it was probably in the form of a classified document, and AR 380-5 certainly is concerned
with safeguarding classified documents. However, AR 380-5 applies to all classified information,
regardless of its physical form or characteristics. Classified is classified, and computer-based and
paper- based classified information will be given the same degree of protection. What's required for a
classified document is also required for a classified floppy disk.
Both a classified document and a classified floppy disk must be:
Under the personal control or observation of an authorized person.
Guarded or stored in a locked security container (like a General Services Administration (GSA)
approved security container) in accordance with paragraph 5-102, AR 380-5.
Accessed only by persons who have the appropriate security clearance and a need-to-know.
Marked with the overall (highest) classification and applicable associated markings in
accordance with Chapter IV, AR 380-5.
Part C: Computer-Based Classified Information
One possible reason for that "perception" problem might be that users haven't been trained, and
don't realize, what computer-based classified information looks like. When a computer is used to
process classified information, there are several forms in which classified information might be found.
The four items listed are collectively referred to as "computer media.
Storage media: If classified information is stored on a floppy disk, hard disk or compact disc
(CD), it is classified material.
Work screen: If classified information is being processed and is displayed on the computer's
screen, the screen is classified material.
Hard copy output: When any classified information is printed, the printout is classified material.
Memory: While classified information is being processed, the computer's internal memory
contains classified material. Random access memory (RAM) is usually in the form of computer