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communications security (COMSEC)

1. Measures and controls taken to deny unauthorized persons information derived from telecommunications and to ensure the authenticity of such telecommunications. Note: Communications security includes cryptosecurity, transmission security, emission security, and physical security of COMSEC material. [INFOSEC]

·         (a) cryptosecurity: [The] component of communications security that results from the provision of technically sound cryptosystems and their proper use. [NIS]

·         (b) emission security: Protection resulting from all measures taken to deny unauthorized persons information of value which might be derived from intercept and analysis of compromising emanations from crypto-equipment, AIS, and telecommunications systems. [NIS]

·         (c) physical security: The component of communications security that results from all physical measures necessary to safeguard classified equipment, material, and documents from access thereto or observation thereof by unauthorized persons. [JP 1-02]

·         (d) transmission security: [The] component of communications security that results from the application of measures designed to protect transmissions from interception and exploitation by means other than cryptanalysis . [NIS]

2.  Measures to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of information in telecommunications systems and channels [CESG].  See also: Electronic Information Systems Security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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