Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

CUI Category: Operations Security Information

Category Description:

Unclassified information that could constitute an indicator of U.S. Government intentions, capabilities, operations, or activities or otherwise threaten/compromise operations security. 

Category Marking: CUI
Marking, Protection, and Dissemination‚Äč: This information must be (1) Marked as CUI using the CUI Control Marking (i.e., CUI) in accordance with marking guidance found on the CUI Registry; (2) Protected in accordance with 32 CFR Part 2002, ‚ÄúControlled Unclassified Information‚ÄĚ; and (3) Disseminated in accordance with any limited dissemination control markings applied to the information.¬† The CUI Registry lists all limited dissemination control markings that can be applied to CUI.¬†

Notes for Safeguarding, Dissemination and Sanction Authorities:

  • Whether CUI is Basic or Specified is determined by the applicable Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority for that CUI.
  • Each "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" citation links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy authorizing the control of that information as CUI.
  • Each "Sanctions" authority links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy that includes penalties for CUI misuse of CUI for the associated "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" on the same line.
Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority Basic or
Provisional Approval 2018-09-07 Basic  



Authority links are updated based on regular re-publication of the United States Code and Code of Federal Regulations, and the CUI Registry maintenance schedule.