Derivative Classification

This course explains how to derivatively classify national security information from a classification management perspective. The course describes the process and methods for derivatively classifying information; identifies authorized sources to use when derivatively classifying information and explains how to apply authorized sources, through derivatively classifying information based on the concepts of "contained in," "revealed by," and compilation. The course also discusses the responsibilities associated with derivatively classifying information, to include avoidance of over-classification, classification prohibitions and limitations, information sharing, classification challenges, and security incidents and sanctions.

NOTE 1: If you are completing this course as a prerequisite for a CDSE instructor led course or as part of a specific CDSE training curriculum, you must take the Derivative Classification Exam (IF103.16) on STEPP to receive credit for completion. The passing grade is (75%) for the derivative examination. You may register for the course/exam via STEPP.

NOTE 2:

  1. You may attempt this course an unlimited number of times.
  2. The quiz must be completed from start to finish in a single session. There is no bookmarking available.
  3. You must receive a passing score (75%) in order to receive a certificate for this course.
  4. You must print or save a local copy of the certificate as proof of course completion. CDSE does not maintain records of course completions.

Per Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) Memorandum - Derivative Classification Training, dated 31 January 2019: Derivative classification training must now be completed on an annual basis. The USD(I) Memorandum can be viewed in its entirety on the CDSE Information Security Toolkit, under the 'Key Resources for Information Security Personnel' section.

The recommended browser for this course is Internet Explorer or Chrome.

Recommendations

Here are recommendations based on this course.