Classified Data, as defined in UVA policy, IRM-003: Data Protection of University Information, are: Data whose sensitivity level falls within a hierarchical schema established by the federal government according to the degree to which unauthorized disclosure would damage national security. Access to classified data typically requires a formal security clearance level relative to the sensitivity of the classified data for which the access is requested. Ranging from most sensitive to least, those levels include Top Secret, Secret, Confidential, and Public Trust. The misuse of classified data may incur criminal penalties and significant reputational damage.
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