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Abstract Data Definition

Friday, July 27, 2012

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Abstract Data Definition

Intelligence Community Abstract Data Definition

Overview


The Intelligence Community Abstract Data Definition (IC.ADD) defines the high-level types of data and metadata that are important to the IC.

The selected or developed physical Data Encoding Specifications established by the IC map to the IC.ADD's abstract data elements providing a means to relate or translate different physical data encodings.The abstract data elements defined in the IC.ADD are not meant to be implementable within enterprise systems. IC elements should implement the physical Data Encoding Specifications that implement these abstract data elements.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).

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ORCON Need to Know Access

Friday, July 27, 2012

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IC Technical Specifications

ORCON Need to Know Access

Overview


This Access Control Encoding Specification for ORCON (OC-NTK.ACES.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for providing access utilizing OC (Originator Controlled) data. This Access Control Encoding Specification (ACES) defines the use of combinational logic between data and user/entity attributes. This logic is intended to be used in the decisional process of access control decisions based on XML elements and attributes that represent OC data concepts and the associated user attributes.

The Access Control Encoding ORCON specification (OC.NTK.ACES.V1) furthers IC Enterprise goals by codifying mappings and combinational logic between data attributes and user/entity attributes to facilitate consistent enterprise-wide Boolean access decisions. Historically, access control decisions have been made in local environments based on local interpretations of agreements and policies resulting in decisions that are not uniform across the entire enterprise. OC-NTK.ACES hopes to reduce the need for such local interpretations and further the goal of improving data exchanges and processing of information by documenting and encoding the enterprise interpretation. OC-NTK.ACES provides both abstract and concrete guidance for making access control decisions. The generic abstract guidance is intended to be used in various contexts for making informed access decision logic, but it is the goal of OC-NTK.ACES to also provide concrete guidance in appendixes or separate annexes for certain contexts.

Data assets on the enterprise may be marked with a dissemination control of ORCON, or originator controlled. Persons or NPEs wishing to access or distribute such data must first be granted the ability to do so by the originator of the data asset. Access control systems need to be able to determine the meaning of the attributes related to ORCON on data assets as well as the relation between those attributes and the attributes that belong to entities in order to make informed available and accurate dissemination decisions.

This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.

Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

The IC Chief Information Officer maintains this specification  via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Entity Specification Tiger Team (ESTT). 

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Mission Requirements
This specification depends upon the following specifications:

  • XML Data Encoding Specification for Need-To-Know (NTK.XML.V8+) version 8 or higher
  • XML Data Encoding Specification for Originator Control Need-To-Know Profile (OC-NTK.XML v1+) ~ OC-NTK.XML
  • XML Data Encoding Specification Information Security Markings (ISM.XML v9+)
  • XML CVE Encoding Specification for US Government Agency Acronyms
 
This specification defines & baselines Access Control Encoding for OC (Originator Controlled) and establishes allowable use of encoding logic values between data and user/entity attributes for the IC Enterprise.

This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community. Many of these requirements are articulated in IC Directives 208, 209, 500-20, 500-21, 501, 710, and ICPM) - 2007-200-2 among others.


This specification is designed to support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) Increment 1 Implementation Plan.

This specification supports common understanding and use of access control encoding for originator controlled mappings to enable overall information sharing strategies and policies of the IC as established in relevant law, policy, and directives.

Authority Category

Friday, July 27, 2012

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IC Technical Specifications

Authority Category


Overview

Any IT system performing entity authentication may use this specification to determine if a given entity should be granted access to a specific piece of data.

This specification applies to the IC, as defined by the National Security Act of 1947, as amended, and ICS 500-27, Collection and Sharing of Audit Data; and such other elements of any other department or agency as may be designated by the President, or designated jointly by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the head of the department or agency concerned, as an element of the IC.  Joint and Coalition forces may use this specification but it is not required.

Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Services Coordination Activity (DSCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).

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Mission Requirements

Information sharing within the national intelligence enterprise relies on the ability to discover and access intelligence content from any location, at any time, with as few restrictions as possible.  ICD 501 empowers analysts, operators, and collectors with a wide range of capabilities for discovering, using, and sharing content within the IC and with partners.  This authority comes with great responsibility, a responsibility that must be tracked, analyzed, and reported on.

The auditing of person and non-person entities within the IC protects the nation from abuse, voluntary or involuntary disclosure, as well as insider and outsider threats.  The audit specification is derived from the fundamental mission requirement to track and audit the discovery and access of intelligence content and information resources within the IC enterprise.

 
This CES defines allowable values for the Authority Category attribute to indicate under what authority a specific piece of data was collected.  The Authority Category attribute is contained in the Unified Idenity Attribute Set (UIAS) specification

 

US Agency Acronym

Friday, July 27, 2012

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IC Technical Specifications

US Agency Acronym

Overview


This XML Data Encoding Specification for US Agency Acronyms (USAgency.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using Extensible Markup Language (XML) to encode US Agency data. This Data Encoding Specification (DES) defines the XML elements and attributes, associated structures and relationships, mandatory and cardinality requirements, and permissible values for representing US Agency data concepts using XML. Versions 1 and higher of this Data Encoding Specification (DES) can be utilized with a Trusted Data Format structure and valid PUBS instances that use a Trusted Data Format (TDF) wrapper. A TDF instance may conform with multiple DES simultaneously assuming none of the criterion are in conflict.

This XML Data Encoding Specification lists & defines a set of US Agency Acronyms (with their definitions) in various Controlled Vocabulary Enumeration (CVE) file formats for use by agencies in the IC Enterprise.  It contains valid acronyms for use within the IC Enterprise for IC Agency publishing organizations, agencies, and Cabinet Offices.

This specification contains tagging structures for information resource metadata, mixed textual and media content found in the body of publications, source reference citations, classification and control markings, and knowledge assertions.

This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.

Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT)

CVE Encoding Specification Downloads

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Mission Requirements


This specification defines & baselines a Controlled Vocabulary Enumeration for US Agency acronyms / definitions and establishes allowable US Agency Acronym values for the IC Enterprise.

This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community. Many of these requirements are articulated in IC Directives 208, 209, 500-21, 501, 710, and ICPM) - 2007-200-2 among others.

This specification is designed to support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) Increment 1 Implementation Plan.

This specification supports common understanding and use of US Agency Acronyms to enable  overall information sharing strategies and policies of the IC as established in relevant law, policy, and directives.

IC Implementations shall conform to this specification and MUST adhere to all normative aspects of the specification.

US Government Agency

Friday, July 27, 2012

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IC Technical Specifications

US Government Agency

Overview


This XML Data Encoding Specification for US Government Agency Acronyms (USGOVAgency.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using Extensible Markup Language (XML) to encode USGOVAgency data. This Data Encoding Specification (DES) defines the XML elements and attributes, associated structures and relationships, mandatory and cardinality requirements, and permissible values for representing USGOVAgency data concepts using XML. Versions 1 and higher of this Data Encoding Specification (DES) can be utilized with a Trusted Data Format structure and valid PUBS instances that use a Trusted Data Format (TDF) wrapper. A TDF instance may conform with multiple DES simultaneously assuming none of the criterion are in conflict.

This specification contains tagging structures for information resource metadata, mixed textual and media content found in the body of publications, source reference citations, classification and control markings, and knowledge assertions.

This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.

Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT)


CVE Encoding Specification Downloads

Latest Approved Version


Mission Requirements


This specification defines & baselines a Controlled Vocabulary Enumeration for US GOV Agency acronyms / definitions and establishes allowable US Agency Acronym values for the IC Enterprise.

This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community. Many of these requirements are articulated in IC Directives 208, 209, 500-21, 501, 710, and ICPM - 2007-200-2 among others.

This specification is designed to support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) Increment 1 Implementation Plan.

This specification supports common understanding and use of US Gov Agency Acronyms to enable  overall information sharing strategies and policies of the IC as established in relevant law, policy, and directives

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