Sensitive Compartmented Information

Sensitive Compartmented Information and What You Need to Know About It: eDiscovery Trends

Given all the news stories about classified information and a certain former president, IPRO has published a timely discussion of sensitive compartmented information!

Their post (What Guidance is Available For Marking Sensitive Compartmented Information) discusses how sensitive compartmented information (SCI) is a subset of classified national intelligence. It represents information about intelligence sources and methods and can include information related to sensitive collection systems, analytical processing, and targeting, or which is derived from it. Marking SCI implies following strict rules and procedures that vary depending on classification levels of that particular document/file.

Given the high importance of properly handling sensitive compartmented information, IPRO decided to share some guidance in this blog on how SCI has to be marked to avoid inadvertent disclosure of classified information. Additionally, they provide some insights into the incidents that require disclosure of classified information as well as outline some best practices on how to properly redact classified information.


The topics to their post include: 1) What guidance is available for marking sensitive compartmented information, 2) Best practices when handling SCI, 3) What are the incidents that require disclosing classified information?, and 4) How to protect classified information through proper redaction techniques. That last one is especially important as redaction mistakes still happen way too often (as I covered in my recent white paper here).

It’s a terrific article with a lot of good information about SCI and how to protect it. Check it out here!

So, what do you think? Are you familiar with sensitive compartmented information? You are now! Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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