What is OPSEC?
Operational Security or OPSEC is:
…the process by which we protect unclassified information that can be used against us. OPSEC challenges us to look at ourselves through the eyes of an adversary (individuals, groups, countries, organizations). Essentially, anyone who can harm people, resources, or mission is an adversary.
In simple terms, you should never discuss, email, text, tweet, hashtag, or facebook anything that could potentially be used against our country by our countless enemies.
Even something seemingly benign as posting:
“My dh is still at work, his entire company is in BIG trouble! #annoyed, #ArmyWifeProblems.”
While it might seem excessive, even hinting to a problem in our military force can be disastrous. To be safe, assume everything you email, text, tweet, hashtag, and facebook can be read by some guy on a laptop in a cave thousands of miles away… thousands of military service men and women depend on your vigilance.
OPSEC is Everyone’s Responsibility!
For more information please visit the following sites:
- Naval OPSEC on Facebook
- Wikipedia-History of OPSEC
- OPSEC Online Course & Printable Certificate of Completion
- Army OPSEC on Facebook
- Department of Defense