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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Manage the security of the communication systems in a mission 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114848  Manage the security of the communication systems in a mission 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Diplomacy, Protocol and Foreign Affairs Assist 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-06-26  2008-11-26  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-26   2012-11-26  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
259979  Manage the communication systems at a mission  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard has as its core purpose, qualifying learners who will demonstrate ability to perform the necessary steps to administer the SACSA security measures in dealing with communication procedures of a mission. They will handle voice, fax and data encryption equipment and do basic maintenance of thereof.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Analyse the SACSA prescripts for security of communication systems.
  • Manage the key-disk security system.
  • Manage cryptographic security
  • Apply emergency security plans. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard are assumed to have a Level 5 qualification or RPL equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse the SACSA prescripts for security of communication systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The DFA communication systems are described and the technology utilized is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The SACSA prescripts are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Transmission security is explained and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Speech and data security is evaluated in mission context and improvements recommended. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Computer crypto security is utilised specific missions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The responsibilities and accountability of the Systems Administrator are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manage the key-disk security system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key control and lock setting requirements are described and managed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Registers and after hour access is administered according to SACSA requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures for changing combination lock settings and handling safe keys are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Manage cryptographic security. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The communications security of a mission is described and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of access, storage and removal of classified information are described and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures to deal with security breaches are described and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Prioritisation and classification of messages and documents are described and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Crypto custodians and alternate custodians are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Cryptographers roles and responsibilities are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Physical security of couriers and cryptographic material is established to SACSA specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply emergency security plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The inter-relationship of systems and the technological environment of systems is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The security aspects in the setting up of a communications room are planned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Physical security of equipment is ensured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A fire preparedness plan is developed and practiced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Emergency destruction directives of DFA are described and practiced. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with .
    the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • SACSA specifications for security measures
  • Transmission security
  • Speech and data security
  • Computer crypto security
  • Cryptographic Security: Administration of communication security
  • DFA Communication, office and server systems
  • MISS, Documentation Security Policy
  • Access, storage and removal of classified information
  • Security breaches
  • Priorities and classification of messages and documents.
  • Types of Locks: Lever, code and combination locks
  • Setting up the security of a Communication Room. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in presenting the best interest of South Africa by maintaining security policies. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in preparing relevant materials for presentations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use technology responsibly in performing tasks in the mission office. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems to acquire best possible understanding of security systems and the use thereof in a diplomatic context. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 259979, which is "Manage the communication systems at a mission", Level 6, 8 credits.

    Assessment methods and integrated assessment.
    Ensure that assessment covers the specific outcomes, the critical cross-field outcomes and the essential embedded knowledge. Assessment activities should be appropriate to the context and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including direct observation, product sample, simulation, questioning (verbal or written) and testimony (portfolio collection of evidence).

    Integrated assessment: It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together thus reducing the number of assessment "events". Ensure that the commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Supplementary information
    Lectures 15 Hours
    Experiential Learning 15 Hours
    Self-directed learning 10 Hours
    Skills coaching 10 Hours
    Other
    Total 50 Hours

    Comments
    Integration with other Unit Standards is advisable. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48762   Advanced Certificate: Mission Administration  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-26  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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