Security Awareness: Derivative Classification Answers

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This course will teach you how to classify national security information from a classification management perspective.

Derivative Classification Answers

QuestionAnswer
Which of the following is not a function of derivative classification?Making an initial determination that information requires protection against unauthorized disclosure in the interest of national security.
Which of the following are authorized sources for derivative classification?Security Classification Guide (SCG)
A properly marked classified source document
Which of the following statements concerning derivative classification is true?Derivative classifiers are responsible for analyzing and evaluating information to
identify elements that require classification.
Using the SCG, identify the concept used to determine the derivative classification of the new
document.
Contained in (correct response)
Using the SCG, identify the concept used to determine the derivative classification of the new
document.
Classification by compilation
Using the SCG, identify the concept used to determine the derivative classification of the new
document.
Revealed by
Which of the following statements about Limitations, Prohibitions, and Challenges is false?Information may be classified to prevent embarrassment to the U.S. Government.
What is the correct portion marking for Paragraph 1 in the derivative document?Secret
What is the correct portion marking for Paragraph 2 in the derivative document?Unclassified
What is the correct portion marking for Paragraph 3 in the derivative document?Confidential
Your SCG and your properly marked source document both indicate that the
exercise name is classified as Secret. LT Lukowicz, however, tells you that the exercise name has
been recently declassified. Which source(s) should you use to derivatively classify the material?
SCG and properly marked source document
If your SCG says the exercise name is Secret, but your properly marked source
document says the exercise name is unclassified, which source should you use to derivatively
classify the material?
SCG
Assuming that the first two paragraphs of your letter are classified when they appear together,
what classification concept would you use to determine the correct classification?
Compilation
Assuming that the first two paragraphs of your letter are classified when they appear together,
what is the classification of each individual paragraph?
Unclassified
What classification concept would you use to determine the correct marking for the third
paragraph of your letter?
Contained in
What is the classification for the third paragraph of your letter?Secret
What classification concept would you use to determine the correct marking for the fourth
paragraph of your letter?
Contained in
What is the classification for the fourth paragraph of your letter?Confidential
What classification concept would you use to determine the correct marking for the fifth
paragraph of your letter?
Revealed by
What is the classification for the fifth paragraph of your letter?Secret
Which of the following methods would you use to determine classification of this paragraph?Use the Security Classification Guide
If the SCG was not available, how would you determine the classification?Use the properly marked source document
Mark reveals a small piece of classified information regarding a project he’s working on during conversation with a friend. He will not be subject to sanctions, as it was only a small piece of information and he knows the person he gave the information to.False
All of the following are ways to promote the sharing of information within the Federal government, across state, local, and tribal governments, and with coalition partners, law enforcement, and the general public EXCEPT:Automatically declassify information that is shared
Which of the following is a valid reason to classify information?To protect national security
What is the process of using existing classified information to create a new document?Derivative Classification
Information may be classified if it is owned by the U.S. Government, its unauthorized disclosure could damage national security, and it concerns military plans, weapon systems, or operations.True
You may be subject to administrative, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), or criminal sanctions if you engage in any of the following EXCEPT:Submitting a formal challenge to information that may be improperly classified
The document that provides basic guidance and regulatory requirements for derivative classification for DoD personnel is:DoDM 5200.01, DoD Information Security Program
The properly marked source document states:
(C) Operation Panda will take place on 29 September.
The new document states:
(C) On 29 September, Operation Panda will commence.
What concept is used to derivatively classify the statement in the new document?
Contained in
Which of the following statements applies to the classification concept of “Revealed by”?Needs additional interpretation or analysis to deduce the classification.
The concept that involves combining or associating individual elements of unclassified information to reveal an additional association or relationship that warrants protection is called __Classification by Compilation
What is the importance of derivative classification?Helps protect national security
Each of these are ways of incorporating classified source material into new material EXCEPT:Planning
Who bears principal responsibility for derivative classification accuracy in new products?Derivative classifiers
The first step in derivatively classifying a new document is to determine the classification level based on existing classification guidance.True
One of Mark’s colleagues gave him general rules about derivatively classifying information. Mark can rely on these general rules when he derivatively classifies information because his colleague is very experienced.False
Security Classification Guides (SCG) are the primary sources for derivative classification.True
Information taken directly from an existing classified source and stated verbatim in a new or different document is an example of __Extracting
The properly marked source document states:
(C) The training exercise will last three days.
(S) The training exercise will begin 21 April.
The Security Classification Guide (SCG) states:
The length of the training exercise is Confidential.
The dates of the training exercise are Secret.
The new document states:
( ) The training exercise lasts three days, ending on 24 April.
What is the classification of the statement in the new document?
Secret
Select ALL the correct responses. The concept of “contained in” includes which of the following?No additional interpretation or analysis is needed to determine the classification of the information.
Classified information comes from an authorized source into a new document.
When derivatively classifying information, where can you find a listing of specific information elements that identify their classification, reason for classification, downgrading, and declassification information?Security Classification Guide (SCG)
Which of the following are criminal sanctions?All of the above (Loss of Federal retirement benefits, Fines, and Incarceration)
How often are derivative classifiers required to receive derivative classification training?Every two years
Derivative classifiers are responsible for carrying forward classification guidance and applicable downgrading and declassification instructions.True
A properly marked source document contains some Secret information. A new document does not contain the same information. However, the information in the new document will allow a reader to deduce the classified information. This is an example of the concept of _Revealed by
If you suspect information has been improperly or unnecessarily classified, what should you do first?challenge the information informally:
First ask your Security Manager or Supervisor about your concerns. Then, if necessary, you
may contact the OCA for clarification regarding the classification
All of the following are ways to promote the sharing of information within the Federal government, across state, local, and tribal governments, and with coalition partners, law enforcement, and the general public EXCEPT:Automatically declassify information that is shared
Information taken from an existing classified document and re-worded in a new or different document is an example of _.Extracting
You formally challenge the classification of information and the classifying agency provides a partial response. What is your responsibility if the classifying agency does not provide a full response within 120 days?Forward the challenge to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP).
Generating is taking information from an existing classified document and stating it verbatim in a new or different document.False
The Security Classification Guide (SCG) states the following information is classified as Secret: “The task will take three hours to complete.” If you state this information (verbatim or paraphrased) in a new document, it should be marked __Secret
“Contained in” applies when an explanation is required in cases when the aggregation of individually unclassified data elements in a document causes the document to become classified.False
Cleared contractor employees are subject to sanctions for violating any policies in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).True
All of the following are ways to promote the sharing of information within the Federal government, across state, local, and tribal governments, and with coalition partners, law enforcement, and the general public EXCEPT:Automatically declassify information that is shared
To be classified or maintained as classified, information must meet all of the following criteria EXCEPT:The unauthorized disclosure of the information could cause embarrassment to the U.S. Government.
Your new material may aggregate, or bring together, pieces of information that are not individually classified, but when presented together they render your new material classified. This classification concept is called _.Compilation
Derivative classification is:the process of using existing classified information to create new documents or material and marking the newly-developed document or material consistent with the classification markings that apply to the source information.
Select ALL the correct responses. If you are military personnel and you knowingly leaked classified information to an unauthorized user, what sanctions might be imposed on you?loss of pay, dishonorable discharge and incarceration
Select ALL the correct responses. The concept of “revealed by” includes which of the following?Classified information is not clearly or explicitly stated in the source document.
A reader can deduce the classified information by performing additional interpretation or analysis.
Classified information comes from an authorized source into a new document.
DD Form 254, DoD Contract Security Classification Specification, is:Classification guidance to contractors performing on classified contracts
All of the following are steps in derivative classification EXCEPT:Make recommendation for others to mark the new document.

This course will teach you how to classify information based on various methods and identify trustworthy sources to use when classifying this data. You will learn how to apply these authorized sources by actually classifying information using the “contained in,” “revealed by,” and compilation concepts.

Furthermore, the course will touch on the responsibilities that come with derivatively classifying information. This includes lessons on how to avoid over-classification, classification prohibitions and limitations, what challenges come with classification, and security incidents and sanctions.

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