Traffic Light Protocol

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TLP is a set of designations used to ensure that sensitive information is shared with the appropriate audience.

It employs four colors to indicate expected sharing boundaries to be applied by the recipients

RED:- For the eyes and ears of individual recipients only, no further disclosure. Sources may use TLP:RED when information cannot be effectively acted upon without significant risk for the privacy, reputation, or operations of the organizations involved.

  • Who to share with: Recipients may therefore not share TLP:RED information with anyone else. In the context of a meeting, for example, TLP:RED information is limited to those present at the meeting

AMBER:-Limited disclosure, recipients can only spread this on a need-to-know basis within their organization and its client. NOTE that AMBER+ STRICT: restricts sharing to the organization only. Sources may use TLP:AMBER when information requires support to be effectively acted upon, yet carries risk to privacy, reputation, or operations if shared outside of the organizations involved.

  • Who to share with: Recipients may share TLP:AMBER information with members of their own organization, and with clients or customers who need to know the information to protect themselves or prevent further harm. Note: if the source wants to restrict sharing to the organization only, they must specify TLP:AMBER+STRICT.

GREEN:– Limited disclosure, recipients can spread this within their community. Sources may use TLP:GREEN when information is useful to increase awareness within their wider community.

  • Who to share with: Recipients may share TLP:GREEN information with peers and partner organizations within their community, but not via publicly accessible channels. TLP:GREEN information may not be shared outside of the community. Note: when “community” is not defined, assume the cybersecurity/defense community.

CLEAR:– Recipients can spread this to the world, there is no limit on disclosure. Sources may use TLP:CLEAR when information carries minimal or no foreseeable risk of misuse, in accordance with applicable rules and procedures for public release

  • Who to share with: Subject to standard copyright rules, TLP:CLEAR information may be distributed without restriction.