Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Manual 3530-005

CHAPTER 6 – PART 5

Encryption Security Standards

1 BACKGROUND

All USDA agencies and staff offices need to transmit Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) over open networks.  In using IT to continuously improve mission performance, the USDA is becoming more interconnected to open networks and other emergent global networks.  The openness of these networks enables malicious cyber attacks against sensitive USDA assets and increases the potential risk to sensitive information.  This risk is compounded through the use of the Internet and other non-secure mediums such as Wireless Local Area Network technology, Microwave, and Radio technologies.  This technology includes utilizing Laptops and Personal Electronic Devices (such as cellular telephones, pagers and hand held computers) to communicate and process USDA information from any location.

 

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