Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is a designation used by the United States government to classify sensitive but unclassified information that requires safeguarding and protection from unauthorized access or disclosure. CUI includes a wide range of information that may not be classified as secret or top secret but is nonetheless sensitive and valuable to national security, law enforcement, or other government interests.
This designation is designed to standardize and enhance the protection of such information across various government agencies and contractors, ensuring that it is handled and stored securely to prevent unauthorized access or release.
CUI can encompass a variety of data types, including technical data, financial information, research findings, proprietary business information, and sensitive personal information. Government agencies and contractors are required to adhere to specific handling and safeguarding requirements when dealing with CUI, and these requirements may vary depending on the nature of the information.
The goal is to strike a balance between protecting sensitive information and sharing it with authorized parties as needed for government functions and missions, while also preventing it from falling into the wrong hands or being subject to unauthorized disclosure.
Please see the following two (2) CUI Registries for both DoD and non-DoD federal contractors regarding government-approved CUI categories and groupings.
DOD CUI Registry - https://www.dodcui.mil/Home/DoD-CUI-Registry/
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DoD contractors - and other contractors providing services to federal agencies - need to have in place established policies, procedures, and processes regarding CUI that’s resident within their information systems. What federal contractors need is a CUI Program. Arlington can help, as we offer the following CUI services and solutions: