What is OPSEC (Operational Security) online?

Defence families have been in the online communications game for a long time.

It’s the way we keep in touch with our ADF members, families and friends. From Skyping, Facetiming, Whatsapping, we are all over it.

The pandemic has brought even more reliance on communicating online. Our loved ones really do live in our phones.

Cyberspace is a big place and you don’t always know who is watching what you post online. If you post something military-specific, that information could be used with other gathered data to possibly harm operations, members and potentially families.

The ADF has its own set of directives for ADF members on what they can and can’t post.In the Absence from Home Support booklet from Defence Community Organisation it states:

If using social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, keep in mind not to share sensitive or indecent material as posted material becomes part of a public forum and leaves your control. Do not post anything that could compromise operational security (OPSEC), including the ADF member’s geographical location.

https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Publications/Absence-from-home-support.pdf

Here are some tips from us.

Don’t post information about deployments, like dates and locations.

Don’t post about specific units, operations etc.

Don’t post addresses of DHA or RA homes, even in closed Facebook groups.

Don’t post count down tickers on social media.

Be careful when posting photos of the member in uniform (particularly name, rank and other identifying badges or patches).

Get to know your privacy settings on social media apps. How many people can see what you are posting?

Use ForceNet for families. www.forcenet.gov.au, a secure communications tool for the latest news direct from Defence.

It’s an old saying but it is much better to be safe than to be sorry when it comes to OPSEC (Operational Security) online for ADF families.

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Defence Families of Australia

National Advocacy body for current ADF families. We are all partners of current serving members.