Operations Security

To identify critical information and protect it by assessing vulnerabilities and the threat to determine the risk and then applying OPSEC Measures to lessen or negate the threat and vulnerabilities to an acceptable level of risk.

OPSEC Overview
Operational Security (OPSEC) is a process we (Soldiers, Family members and civilians) use to protect critical information. Soldiers use OPSEC to deny information to our adversaries that would endanger the mission. Family members can use OPSEC at home and at work to prevent personal information from getting to people who want to steal from them or harm them.

The Five Step OPSEC Process:

Identify Critical Information: Any information someone could use to hurt us financially or physically should be considered critical information. These include:
  • Personal Identifying Information (PII):
    • Social Security Numbers
    • Birth Dates
    • Driver’s License number
  • Financial Information:
    • Credit card account numbers
    • Savings and checking account numbers
    • Investment and retirement account numbers
    • Passwords
  • Other personal information:
    • Schedules and routines
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Medical records

  • PII, financial information or other personal information left unsecured or thrown in the trash. Home left unsecured

  • Identity theft
  • Property theft
  • Physical Threat

  • Risk is determined by seeing if a threat or threats exist and if vulnerabilities exist.
  • The more threats and vulnerabilities you have the greater the risk.

OPSEC Measures:
  • Secure Home
  • Use secure banking websites
  • Use strong passwords that employ a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Lock up financial and personal documents, and destroy (shred) when no longer needed.
  • Vary routines whenever possible
Visit our Contact Us page to reach the Operations Security office.