Balancing Social Media with Operations Security (OPSEC) in the 21st Century
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The use of social media and networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter have revolutionized the way the world is communicating. The ability to share information at a moments notice has truly impacted American lives forcing a dependence on sharing personal information. The Department of Defense DOD has embraced these new communication tools and set policy on allowing internet-based capabilities on all government networks. The new policy permits Web 2.0 social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to be used. The Department of the Navy DON has quickly adopted the policy and is utilizing social networks as methods to provide the public with a transparent view of the Navys mission and daily operations. This new method of information sharing may seem harmless but there is an increased risk to Operations Security OPSEC. The Operational Commander must safeguard his critical information and prevent any comprise of vital information. The lack of measures in place to support the use of social media and the ability for the user to quickly share information causes the Commander to contend with issues of control, security, and standardization making his ability to conduct OPSEC much more challenging.
- Information Science
- Computer Systems
- Military Forces and Organizations