“Loose Lips Sinks Ships” is a well known World War II slogan. The words clearly expressed what could happen if the wrong person obtained information and how it could put the Soldier in danger. The slogan is just as important today as it was then. More than ever before, protecting classified and sensitive information depends on the human element of security – our Soldiers, civilian employees and contractors.
Security of our Army’s information is of the utmost importance. This includes not only classified information but sensitive information (For Official Use Only). Just because it is not classified does not mean it does not need to be protected. There is a large amount of information that, while unclassified, could still do a great deal of damage to our deploying and deployed units were it to fall into the wrong hands.
Here are the do’s and don’ts of protecting information:
• Do not discuss classified or sensitive information in public places. The snack bar, airport or common use areas are not the place to be discussing the status of units being deployed, classified information, or new technology that is being tested. You never know who is in the next booth.
• Do not leave a security container unsecured and unattended. Use SF 702 to register when and who opened and closed a security container.
• Do not process classified information on an unclassified computer. If unclassified information is downloaded from a classified system, the diskette is considered classified and should be labeled and protected at the secret level. Do not use this diskette in an unclassified computer. If classified information is found on unclassified computer, do not delete, but notify the organization security manager immediately.
• Do not take classified information home. Unless you have a GSA approved container located in your home, taking classified information home to work on is not permitted. Sleeping with it under your pillow is not an option.
• Do not hand carry classified information unless absolutely necessary. Electronic means (secure fax, secure telephone, or SIPRNet) will be used whenever possible.
• Do maintain control of classified information at all times. Classified information/equipment will not be left unattended, even for a short time. Keep the SIPRNet lock box secured and classified laptop stored in security container when not in use.
• Do report all security incidents. The quicker an incident is reported the quicker action can be taken to minimize damage to national security.
• Do include all required markings on classified and FOUO documents, removable media and briefings. Markings identify at what level the information should be protected, as well as downgrading instructions.
• Do destroy classified and sensitive paper, diskettes and other classified waste properly. If your organization does not have an approved shredder for the destruction of classified paper waste, contact the Security Office to use the disintegrator. Diskettes can be destroyed by first scratching both surfaces, then breaking into small pieces.
• Do practice good security awareness. Security is everyone’s responsibility. For more information contact the organization security manager or Mary Stanley, installation security manager, at (804)734-6412.