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How the NSA redacts classified information

How the NSA redacts classified information

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Published by Matthew Keys
Document shows how the National Security Agency redacts classified information before it is distributed via FOIA and other requests.
Document shows how the National Security Agency redacts classified information before it is distributed via FOIA and other requests.

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Published by: Matthew Keys on Jun 07, 2013
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Date 3/18/2008
Redacting with Confidence: How to Safely PublisSanitized Reports Converted From Word 2007 to PDF 
Architectures and Applications Divisionof theSystems and Network Attack Center (SNAC)Information Assurance Directorate
National Security Agency9800 Savage Rd. STE 6704Ft. Meade, MD 20755-6704(410) 854-6191 commercial(410) 854-6510 facsimile
 
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Prior to the distribution of Microsoft Word documents, users may want to remove content and assurethat no data remnants persist in the file from the removed portion(s). Office 2007 offers a new interfaceand new features that change how users interact with Word. This paper describes the issue andprovides a step-by-step procedure that provides reasonable assurance that information will not beunintentionally released following redaction of a Word 2007 document.
What This Document Addresses
This guidance intends to present Microsoft Word 2007 and Adobe Acrobat 8.1 (or higher) users with aprocedure that can be followed in order to reduce the threat of hidden data in a document followingredaction.
What This Document Does Not Address
This guidance does not intend to examine the effectiveness of the Microsoft Office ‘Inspect Document’
feature, the Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1
‘Examine Document’ feature, or any possible vulnerabilities
associated with Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat. This guidance enables users to reduce their level of risk in a uniform manner, although users should recognize that it does not intend to mitigate all possiblehidden data risks.
 
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Contents
1 Introduction......................................................................................................................................... 42 Background ......................................................................................................................................... 43 Hidden Data and Metadata Removal Tools .......................................................................................... 54 Process Overview................................................................................................................................. 64.1 Word 2007 Process ................................................................................................................... 64.2 Acrobat 8.1 Process .................................................................................................................. 65 Detailed Process Description................................................................................................................ 76 Conclusion ......................................................................................................................................... 14References ............................................................................................................................................ 15
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Figure 1 Correct: Tracking Area with Track Changes Off ........................................................................... 7Figure 2 Incorrect: Track Changes Turned On! ......................................................................................... 7Figure 3 Accept All Changes ..................................................................................................................... 7Figure 4 Review and Remove Comments ................................................................................................. 7Figure 5 Text View Prior to Deletion........................................................................................................ 8Figure 6 Text View Following Deletion .................................................................................................... 8Figure 7 Redacted Text Where Formatting and Placement have Been Preserved ..................................... 9Figure 8 Redacted Image or Object Where Formatting and Placement have Been Preserved ................... 9Figure 9 AutoShapes .............................................................................................................................. 10Figure 10 Document Views .................................................................................................................... 10Figure 11 'Browse By' Interface.............................................................................................................. 10
Figure 12 Select ‘Inspect Document’
...................................................................................................... 11Figure 13 Check all options and Inspect ................................................................................................. 11Figure 14 Word Menu Ribbon for Adobe Acrobat Features .................................................................... 12Figure 15 Basic Conversion Settings ....................................................................................................... 13Figure 16 Word-Specific Conversion Settings ......................................................................................... 13Figure 17 Document Menu .................................................................................................................... 13
Figure 18 ‘Examine Document’ Interface
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