COMSEC/CRYPTO Briefing

COMSEC/CRYPTO Briefing

Unclassified Controlled Cryptographic Item Access Briefing 1 OVERVIEW

What is COMSEC? What is a Controlled Cryptographic Item (CCI)? Examples of CCI Access Safeguarding Reporting Requirements Contacts

2 WHAT IS COMSEC? COMSEC (Communications Security) Broad term used to describe the measures and controls taken to deny unauthorized persons information derived from various communication sources and ensure the authenticity of such communications.

3 WHAT IS COMSEC? These items can be further categorized into: Cryptographic key material (CRYPTO) Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI) Classified devices For purposes of this briefing, were concerned with Unclassified CCI only 4

DEVICES CONTROLLED CRYPTOGRAPHIC ITEM Unclassified cryptographic device Protected as high value property

Accountable to the National Security Agency Identified by nomenclature: NSA issued short title Examples of short titles: RT 1836 RT 1478 RT 1912 AN ARC 231 V C KSV 21 CCI can always be identified by the Controlled Cryptographic Item CCI marking on the items faceplate

5 KSV 21 card for STE KSV 21 card is CCI Secure Telephone Equipment (STE) Secure point-to point voice/data communications up to Top Secret Unclassified with out the KSV 21 card Only the KSV 21 card is accountable

6 RT 1478 D C Controlled Cryptographic Item (CCI) Unclassified without key material loaded 7 RT 1836 C Controlled Cryptographic Item (CCI)

Unclassified without key material loaded 8 ACCESS The following minimum conditions must be met prior to granting access to Unclassified CCI: Need-to-Know determination United States Citizenship Receive Unclassified CCI Access Briefing from COMSEC Custodian, Alternate, or their written designated representative

9 SAFEGUARDING Unclassified CCI If not being used or attended by a briefed individual, must be secured behind a locked door, storage room, etc. and sighted regularly If installed on an aircraft, authorization to leave unattended depends on the physical

security controls in place to prevent removal of the installed equipment from the aircraft 10 SAFEGUARDING Do NOT: Give out CCI to anyone without verifying CCI access briefing Move CCI to another location without coordinating hand receipt movement with the COMSEC Custodian

11 SAFEGUARDING Hand Receipt Items Items Hand Receipted to you by the COMSEC Custodian become your personal responsibility and may never be transferred by you to another person or organization To formally transfer CCI, you must contact the COMSEC Custodian for hand receipting Another properly cleared and briefed person may

use your items but this does not relieve you of its responsibility 12 REPORTING REQUIREMENT Report any suspected tampering or misuse of CCI to the COMSEC Custodian immediately Why is it so important to protect CCI? The War Fighter will eventually communicate classified information with these devices

Attempts to reverse engineer the CCI Ultimately accountable to the National Security Agency 13 CONTACTS 14 QUESTIONS?

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