COMSEC Policy Instruments

Communications Security Policy Instruments

CSE, as the lead security agency and national authority for COMSEC, is responsible for the development, approval and promulgation of COMSEC policy instruments.


The overarching policy instruments are Information Technology Security Directives (ITSD). These are authoritative publications that contain high-level, long-term direction on COMSEC; as such they are the master reference material for federal government and private sector clients.

NOTE: A complete list of unclassified COMSEC publications can be found on the COMSEC page, while the protected COMSEC publications are available on the COMSEC User Portal (CUP).


In addition to ITSD, Federal departments, Other Levels of Government (OLG) and private sector clients requiring access to such COMSEC material must comply to both the Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and the United States (U.S.) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).