Safety share: Super Bowl national security documents left on airplane
National security documents for the 2018 Super Bowl were left on an airplane in February 2018, making national headlines.
The documents, which were marked For Official Use Only, described protection from a potential terrorism attack at the Super Bowl. They were found by a CNN employee after being left in a seat-back pocket on an airplane prior to the game.
Had these documents fallen into the wrong hands, the outcome could have been disastrous.
What are “For Official Use Only” documents?
When a document is designated as For Official Use Only (FOUO), it is not intended for release to the general public. FOUO information is considered sensitive and its unauthorized disclosure could negatively impact a person’s wellbeing, or even the nation’s.
Handling instructions of the FOUO documents include:
- Store in a locked drawer.
- Do not share with those who do not have an operational need to know.
- Shred before discarding.
What you should do
Take this opportunity to reflect on a real life example and think about the information you work with and the importance of protecting it.
If you are working with controlled unclassified information (CUI), also called sensitive information, be sure that you secure it when not in use, only share it with those who need to know the information and transmit and destroy it properly.
If you have questions on how to protect CUI, contact the OPSEC Working Group at email@example.com.
Please print this safety share, courtesy of Sandra Guendling (BIS), and use it to help kick off a team discussion at your next meeting with colleagues and/or staff.
Each month a safety share submitted by an individual will be selected to receive a Spot Award for demonstrated safety leadership. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).