Army Operations Security (OPSEC)

Army Operations Security (OPSEC) This is the official OPSEC page for The Army Cyber Directorate at the Pentagon. Participants are asked to follow the posting guidelines.

Army Operations Security (OPSEC) reserves the right to remove any posts in violation of the guidelines. OPSEC is a function of protecting information and indicators involved with our our critical operations, from falling into the hands of our adversaries. We will post tips and stories that assist all in protecting information in the workplace and in general.

Operating as usual

Reminder: no use of geo-location apps on military installations.
11/14/2020

Reminder: no use of geo-location apps on military installations.

Put aside the adversaries trolling for information, this page is divided into those affiliated with the military and tho...
11/13/2020
Army Reserve Military Family Appreciation Month

Put aside the adversaries trolling for information, this page is divided into those affiliated with the military and those interested in finding out good information about protecting information but with no military affiliation. If you unit or the unit of your spouse is about to deploy even for pre-deployment training and you have not received an OPSEC briefing please ask. https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Videos/?videoid=772596

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Videos/?videoid=772596

Mr. John McCarthy, retired Army officer and spouse of Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, addresses Soldiers and their families to show appreciation for their ongoing commitment and support of Army Reserve service members.

Does anyone know what essential secrecy is and how OPSEC plays a part in it?
11/12/2020

Does anyone know what essential secrecy is and how OPSEC plays a part in it?

Had some questions about "MeWe".  " MeWe is an American online social media and social networking service owned by Sgrou...
11/09/2020

Had some questions about "MeWe". " MeWe is an American online social media and social networking service owned by Sgrouples, a company based in Culver City, California. It was founded by Mark Weinstein in 2012. The service touts its commitment to user privacy and control as its outstanding feature."

Yes the economy is improving.  One way to get bigger bang for the buck is to keep our R&D and acquisition details secure...
11/05/2020

Yes the economy is improving. One way to get bigger bang for the buck is to keep our R&D and acquisition details secure. It is our intellectual property. Don't give it away to an adversary that may use it against us.

OPSEC enables Force Protection.  That means that using OPSEC helps us to protect the force, either on Base/Post or in a ...
11/04/2020

OPSEC enables Force Protection. That means that using OPSEC helps us to protect the force, either on Base/Post or in a forward operating base. When you learn of new details about gate closures or restrictions, keep that to yourself. At least ask about what you can share.

Tomorrow is a great day!  A day of exercising our right to vote. Ensure you are minimizing the opportunity for others to...
11/02/2020
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Tomorrow is a great day! A day of exercising our right to vote. Ensure you are minimizing the opportunity for others to gather critical information.

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Did you all have a good Halloween?  A good evening to chill or go Trick or Treating.  Either way, less info put out on s...
11/01/2020

Did you all have a good Halloween? A good evening to chill or go Trick or Treating. Either way, less info put out on social media

What is OPSEC?An analytic process used to deny an adversary information, generallyunclassified, concerning intentions an...
10/23/2020

What is OPSEC?

An analytic process used to deny an adversary information, generally
unclassified, concerning intentions and capabilities by identifying
planning processes or operations. Operations Security does not replace
other security disciplines; it supplements them. The OPSEC process
includes the following five steps: (1) identify critical information, (2)
identify the threat, (3) assess vulnerabilities, (4) analyze the risk, (5)
develop and apply countermeasures

What is OPSEC?Un proceso analítico utilizado para negar la información de un adversario, generalmente sin clasificar, so...
10/22/2020

What is OPSEC?

Un proceso analítico utilizado para negar la información de un adversario, generalmente sin clasificar, sobre intenciones y capacidades identificando procesos u operaciones de planificación. La seguridad de operaciones no reemplaza otras disciplinas de seguridad; los complementa. El proceso OPSEC incluye los siguientes cinco pasos: (1) identificar la información crítica, (2) identificar la amenaza, (3) evaluar las vulnerabilidades, (4) analizar el riesgo, (5) desarrollar y aplicar contramedidas.

We are looking for an additional volunteer.  The designee will provide draft posts, recommend answers to the field and p...
10/21/2020

We are looking for an additional volunteer. The designee will provide draft posts, recommend answers to the field and provide demographics for analysis. The volunteer will receive guidance and direction from the Page Manager. If you are interested please send a message here on this page. The inquiry from you will be confidential.

A message to our friends from other lands.  Specifically to those who do not speak English.  We very much appreciate you...
10/20/2020

A message to our friends from other lands. Specifically to those who do not speak English. We very much appreciate your following our page and interacting with you. If you would like us to answer your questions it would be better to provide the question in English. We could translate just the same but we are trying to answer a lot of questions so help us out please.

Do you think that Saturday OPSEC is any different than any other day's?  Neither do I.  It is a different routine though...
10/17/2020

Do you think that Saturday OPSEC is any different than any other day's? Neither do I. It is a different routine though. Stay sharp. And you ARNG and USAR units drilling this week end remember to get an OPSEC and PAO review of all that you post about the training during your MUTA.

10/15/2020

"Fair use is a doctrine in the law of the United States that permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder."

"Yes, but did the posting have an OPSEC review?"
10/15/2020

"Yes, but did the posting have an OPSEC review?"

Me,  I didn't post any FOUO.
10/15/2020

Me, I didn't post any FOUO.

So you are an OPSEC Officer and someone brings to you something that was on line that includes FOUO.  What do you do?  Y...
10/15/2020

So you are an OPSEC Officer and someone brings to you something that was on line that includes FOUO. What do you do? Yes this is not an OPSEC issue but we OPSEC officers are brought anything that is related to security. That's because they know you and you will address the issue. So the picture is of a typical OPSEC Officer who thinks, "what, more FOUO on line!"

It looks like COVID 19 is surging.  Worse maybe than back in March or April.  A quick reminder that there was and still ...
10/14/2020

It looks like COVID 19 is surging. Worse maybe than back in March or April. A quick reminder that there was and still is a critical information list relating to COVID 19. Do not share facts about how many Soldiers are affected and don't talk about vulnerabilities created by the amount of people affected. If a senior leader does this remind the OPSEC Officer and don't you make the same mistake.

Remember we are not the only people who can advise others on OPSEC.  We, and we is kind of incorrect.  The Army OPSEC Pa...
10/13/2020

Remember we are not the only people who can advise others on OPSEC. We, and we is kind of incorrect. The Army OPSEC Page is down to one administrator. If you are OPSEC savvy and notice too much info given away by a novice, tell them. You need to be OPSEC sentinels.

Holidays are weird days.  You are supposed to be at work but you are home.  That is if you are not deployed or fighting ...
10/12/2020

Holidays are weird days. You are supposed to be at work but you are home. That is if you are not deployed or fighting wild fires. Please continue to be on guard when you are on line. A day off is never a day off for OPSEC.

"The take-away of sharing this with you is not to point out yet another scary vulnerability, but rather to open your eye...
10/11/2020
Comcast TV Remote Hack Opens Homes to Snooping

"The take-away of sharing this with you is not to point out yet another scary vulnerability, but rather to open your eyes to that fact that attack vectors exist which you may have not previously considered. Fore warned is fore armed. Foreign state adversaries desperately want to compromise our computers, smart phones, meetings, wireless devices, automobiles, even our smart TV's. Be aware of this and help deny our adversaries access to our data."


A security flaw allowing attackers to remotely snoop in on victims’ private conversations was found to stem from an unexpected device – their TV remotes.

Caution-https://threatpost.com/comcast-tv-remote-homes-snooping/159899/ < Caution-https://threatpost.com/comcast-tv-remote-homes-snooping/159899/ >

Provided by a squared away OPSEC professional at the DOE.

Researchers disclosed the 'WarezTheRemote' attack, affecting Comcast's XR11 voice remote control.

Yep cone of silence.  No sensitive information lost here.
10/08/2020

Yep cone of silence. No sensitive information lost here.

Should be a great debate, what are you drinking this evening?

These Soldiers can nap on the job.  It is encouraged.  No playing cards or sharing too much information on line.  Take a...
10/07/2020
Army Gives Its Official Support to the Time-Honored Practice of Field Napping

These Soldiers can nap on the job. It is encouraged. No playing cards or sharing too much information on line. Take a nap and be rested for future Ops or diligence on line.
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/01/army-gives-its-official-support-time-honored-practice-of-field-napping.html?ESRC=army-a_201007.nl

Soldiers will always catch their Z's while they can, especially during lulls in continuous training and combat operations.

US CBP reportedly purchased access to "global" location data from applications including weather and gaming apps on user...
10/06/2020

US CBP reportedly purchased access to "global" location data from applications including weather and gaming apps on users' phones: Local News Outlet Photo via Vice.

Disenable your geo location capability on your phone. Sooner or later someone with ill intent will find you. They won't need a compass.

You can always turn it back on in certain situations.

Problems with Social Security Numbers or IRS are serious.  The next time they call you tell them that it is a serious ma...
10/05/2020

Problems with Social Security Numbers or IRS are serious. The next time they call you tell them that it is a serious matter and that you want to visit them in person to discuss the issue. If they know what the issue is and they have your number then they can fill you in as to what the issue is without you giving any more information.

Sundays can be wonderful days for worship and rest.  However you can be just as vulnerable on line.  So this young lad i...
10/04/2020

Sundays can be wonderful days for worship and rest. However you can be just as vulnerable on line. So this young lad is reading. No vulnerabilities there. Have a great Sunday.

So of course I was at home teleworking at my government job and I got a call.  The recording said I had issues with my s...
10/02/2020

So of course I was at home teleworking at my government job and I got a call. The recording said I had issues with my social security and stay on the line, this must be serious. I stayed on the line and eventually a person came on and thanked me for calling. I stated that they called me. The gentleman thanked me and asked me for my first and last name. I replied that he should give me his first and last name first. This fine professional hung up.

Microsoft says Russia is behind most nation-state hacking attempts: Blog via Twitter.  But you knew that.
09/30/2020

Microsoft says Russia is behind most nation-state hacking attempts: Blog via Twitter. But you knew that.

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