About this Guide

Comments and questions concerning this Security Guide should be directed to (insert name and contact instructions for the responsible office or official that posts this information on the network).

This is Version 5.1 of this guide, dated  April 2012. It was originally developed by the Defense Personnel Security Research Center (PERSEREC) in 2000 and has had several major updates since then. The content is Unclassified and has been approved for public release by the Department of Defense. It is not copyrighted, so information here may be copied and used in other security awareness products. The content is intended as general guidance only and is not a substitute for review of the official regulations.

U.S. Government organizations and contractors are encouraged to customize or enhance this program to reflect their specific procedures, policies, or needs. Any organization that adds potentially sensitive information is responsible for obtaining approval for public release of that information.

To make this program accessible to people with disabilities, this program conforms to W3C's "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0", available at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/Level A.

Comments on this program and suggestions for improving it should be sent to Richards Heuer at richards.heuer.CTR@osd.pentagon.mil


This program builds on briefings, brochures and articles developed by individuals and organizations throughout the U.S. Government security community. Their contributions are greatly appreciated, as are the comments of the dozens of people who reviewed the core program and provided input to make it better.

Security awareness cartoons were provided by the Information and Personnel Security Office, Chief of Naval Operations. Many of these are by Chip Beck. They are not copyrighted.

The computer animations are also not copyrighted. They came from the following Internet sites, some of which are no longer accessible:

Jo's World, www.jograham.com
Debby's GIF Animation Page, www.debsgifs.com

Microsoft Clip Art Gallery, http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/??lc=en-us
Bells n' Whistles, www.bellsnwhistles.com
Media Builder, www.mediabuilder.com
DeeDee's Animation Collection, www.Jan.NorCom.mb.ca/deedee/animat.htm. 

Backgrounds are from:
Heikki's Home, http://njet.net/heikki/backgrounds_index.shtml. Unfortunately this website is no longer available

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