Operational & Personal Security

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Today I came across a great blog by Ann Marie of Household 6 Diva discussing Operation Security measures (OPSEC) and Personal Security measures (PERSEC) for military spouse bloggers, aka Millies. As a new Millie that is not so new to the blogsphere, PERSEC is something I get. In my profession, the personal informs the practice of my craft, but it has no place in my office, because my line of work is all about the client. As such, I have learned to keep these two realms separate. I don't bring my personal life into my work, and I try to the best of my abilities not to take my work home with me.

OPSEC, however, is something that had not yet crossed my mind, and thank goodness I found the blog page when I did! I imagine many of the errors I have probably already made, or could have made, without being aware of the importance of OPSEC.

What is OPSEC?

"OPSEC or Operations Security is being aware of what you are sharing because it could give away more information than you intended – this is usually related to military or combat operations."

What is PERSEC?

"PERSEC or Personal Security is also being aware of what you are sharing because it could give away more information than you intended – this is usually of a more personal nature."

(Definitions by Ann Marie)

Taking a page from Ann Marie's highly informed guidelines, I wanted to share some useful blogging/social media guidelines with other new Millies like myself, as well as the oldies but goodies that are still bloggin' ever strong:

PLEASE

Don’t talk about the time frame.
Don’t talk about the mission.
Don’t talk about equipment.
Don’t talk about numbers.
Don’t talk about destinations.
Don’t spread rumors.
Don’t share pictures with unit insignia
Phone, email, chat rooms, message boards, blogs.
Always assume someone is listening.

Any information you put on the Internet never, ever goes away, even if you delete it. It only takes a second for someone to blog, pin, stumble, et cetera something that you put out into the world-wide Internet, and that information can be used against you and the important people in your life. So, as always, please blog with caution.

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