Introduction to the NSA Handbook
(From the NSA Handbook)
This handbook is designed to introduce you to some of the basic
security principles and procedures with which all NSA employees must comply.
It highlights some of your security responsibilities, and provides guidelines
for answering questions you may be asked concerning your association with this
Agency. Although you will be busy during the forthcoming weeks learning your
job, meeting co-workers, and becoming accustomed to a new work environment, you
are urged to become familiar with the security information contained in this
handbook. Please note that a listing of telephone numbers is provided at the
end of this handbook should you have any questions or concerns.
In joining NSA you have been given an opportunity to participate in the
activities of one of the most important intelligence organizations of the United
States Government. At the same time, you have also assumed a trust which
carries with it a most important individual responsibility--the safeguarding of
sensitive information vital to the security of our nation.
While it is impossible to estimate in actual dollars and cents the value of the
work being conducted by this Agency, the information to which you will have
access at NSA is without question critically important to the defense of the
United States. Since this information may be useful only if it is kept secret,
it requires a very special measure of protection. The specific nature of this
protection is set forth in various Agency security regulations and directives.
The total NSA Security Program, however, extends beyond these regulations. It
is based upon the concept that security begins as a state of mind. The program
is designed to develop an appreciation of the need to protect information vital
to the national defense, and to foster the development of a level of awareness
which will make security more than routine compliance with regulations.
At times, security practices and procedures cause personal inconvenience. They
take time and effort and on occasion may make it necessary for you to
voluntarily forego some of your usual personal perogatives. But your
compensation for the inconvenience is the knowledge that the work you are
accomplishing at NSA, within a framework of sound security practices,
contributes significantly to the defense and continued security of the United
States of America.
I extend to you my very best wishes as you enter upon your chosen career or
assignment with NSA.