D.20.4 - Knowledge dissemination
Knowledge Dissemination addresses those instances where the primary method used in delivering a service is through the publishing or broadcasting of information, such as the Voice of America or web-based museums maintained by the Smithsonian.
Knowledge Dissemination is not intended to address circumstances where the publication of information is a by-product of a mission rather than the mission itself. The recommended provisional security categorization of the knowledge dissemination information type follows:
The confidentiality impact level is the effect of unauthorized disclosure of knowledge dissemination information on the ability of responsible agencies to publish or broadcast information. Premature and unauthorized disclosure of information being considered for broadcast can be harmful if the information is subsequently determined to be false or counterproductive to the knowledge dissemination mission. However, the consequences of unauthorized disclosure of most knowledge dissemination information would have, at most, a limited adverse effect on agency operations, agency assets, or individuals. 207 Special Factors Affecting Confidentiality Impact Determination: Unauthorized disclosure of some policies governing knowledge dissemination missions can be harmful to the agency mission (e.g., some internal Voice of America editorial policies). This can result in assignment of a moderate impact level to such information. Recommended Confidentiality Impact Level: The provisional confidentiality impact level recommended for knowledge dissemination information is low.
The integrity impact level is based on the specific mission and the data supporting that mission, not on the time required to detect the modification or destruction of information. The consequences of unauthorized modification or destruction of knowledge dissemination information may depend on whether the information is time-critical. Unauthorized modification or destruction of information affecting external communications (e.g., web pages, electronic mail) may adversely affect operations and/or public confidence in the agency, but the damage to the mission would usually be limited. In most cases, the consequences of unauthorized modification or destruction of knowledge dissemination information would have a limited adverse effect on agency operations, agency assets, or individuals. Special Factors Affecting Integrity Impact Determination: In cases of dissemination of erroneous/defamatory information, an agency mission can be seriously harmed and the impact level will be moderate. Recommended Integrity Impact Level: The provisional integrity impact level recommended for knowledge dissemination information is low.
The availability impact level is based on the specific mission and the data supporting that mission, not on the time required to re-establish access to knowledge dissemination information. The effects of disruption of access to most knowledge dissemination information or information systems would have a limited adverse effect on agency operations, agency assets, or individuals. Special Factors Affecting Availability Impact Determination: An exception is the extended disruption of broadcast capabilities (e.g., Voice of America). Here, the agency mission is seriously harmed and the impact of the consequences will be moderate. Recommended Availability Impact Level: The provisional availability impact level recommended for most knowledge dissemination information is low.