Formulate and coordinate the command's
security education program.
Ensure that threats to security, compromises, and
other security violations are reported, recorded and,
when necessary, investigated.
Administer the command's program for
classification, declassification, and downgrading of
Maintain liaison with the public affairs officer to
ensure that proposed press releases do not contain
Ensure compliance with accounting and control
requirements for classified material, including receipt,
distribution, inventory, reproduction, and disposition.
The duties of the security manager are numerous.
Refer to Department of the Navy Information and
Personnel Security Program Regulation,
OPNAVINST 5510.1, for more information
concerning his/her duties.
Top Secret Control Officer
Each command that handles Top Secret
information must designate, in writing, a Top Secret
control officer (TSCO). The person designated must
be an officer, senior non-commissioned officer, or a
civilian employee GS-7 or above. The TSCO must be
a U.S. citizen with a Top Secret clearance.
The TSCO is responsible to the security manager
for the receipt, custody, accounting for, and
disposition of Top Secret material in the command.
Procedures for the duties of the TSCO are set forth in
The security assistant must be a U.S. citizen and
either an officer, an enlisted person E-6 or above, or a
civilian employee GS-6 or above. The designation
must be in writing. The assistant security manager
does not require a BI unless he/she has been authorized
to issue security clearances. The security assistant
assists the security manager in his/her duties.
Each command involved in processing data in an
automated system must designate an ADP/IS security
The ADP/IS security officer is responsible to the
security manager for the protection of classified
information being processed in the automated system
and is responsible to the physical security officer for
the protection of the personnel, equipment, and related
Each command in the Department of the Navy
(DON) that handles classified information will
establish and maintain an active security education
program to instruct all personnel, regardless of their
position, rank, or grade, in security policies and
procedures. The overall purpose of the security
education program is to make sure that all personnel
understand the need to protect classified information
and know how to safeguard it.
Commanding officers, through their security
managers, are responsible for security education in
their commands, and for ensuring it is afforded a
significant share of the time dedicated to command
The Department of Defense (DOD) security
formula is based on the premise of circulation control
(the control of dissemination of classified
information). According to this policy, knowledge or
possession of classified defense information is
permitted only to persons whose official duties require
access to the information (need to know).
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Identify and
define the classification designations and
Official information that requires protection in the
interests of national security is placed into one of three
categories: Top Secret, Secret, or Confidential.
Following are examples and definitions of each
Top Secret is the designation applied only to
information that requires the highest degree of
protection. It is of such a nature that its unauthorized
disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause