OPSEC


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OPSEC

(OPerations SECurity) Determining what information is publicly available in the normal course of operations that can be used by a competitor or enemy to its advantage. OPSEC is a common military practice that is also applied to civilian projects such as the development of new products and technologies.

The Official Definition
(From JP 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, www.dtic.mil/doctrine/new_pubs/jp1_02.pdf.) Operations security (OPSEC) is a process of identifying critical information and subsequently analyzing friendly actions attendant to military operations and other activities to: (a) identify those operations that can be observed by adversary intelligence systems; (b) determine what indicators adversary intelligence systems might obtain that could be interpreted or pieced together to derive critical information in time to be useful to adversaries; and (c) select and execute measures that eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level the vulnerabilities of friendly actions to adversary exploitation. See DOD cyberspace glossary and DOD intelligence glossary.
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Regardless of what publication or doctrine you have read, it's important to understand that OPSEC is a risk-based decision process comprised of five distinct steps:
Adding civilian and contractor personnel to the OPSEC program.
Through our continued commitment to achieving OPSEC certification for all the latest eSafe solutions, Aladdin provides organizations with an even higher level of security, while also enhancing important monitoring and management capabilities through Check Point Firewall/VPN products," said Shimon Gruper, vice president of technologies for the Aladdin eSafe Business Unit.
Symantec has also said that the company has been a long-time partner of Check Point's OPSEC Alliance, a multi-vendor security framework.
OPSEC complements these other disciplines by seeking to protect those same secrets against indirect disclosure.
Military family members play an active role in OPSEC and are responsible for protecting unclassified critical information.