The Naval Operations Security Support Team
The NOST’s mission is to provide OPSEC support to the Department of the Navy in order to improve the warfighting effectiveness of the fleet forces. As the OPSEC element for the DoN, the NOST guides, assists, and assesses OPSEC programs throughout the Navy and Marine Corps, and develops OPSEC doctrine, training, and awareness for the DoN. The NOST improves the OPSEC posture of our U.S. Naval Forces by educating and training our Sailors, Marines, civilians, and family members.
Operations Security (OPSEC) is a systematic method used to identify, control, and protect critical information and subsequently analyze friendly actions associated with military operations and other activities. Ultimately, OPSEC is protecting your information and activities from your adversaries.
The OPSEC Process
Information about friendly (U.S., allied, and/or coalition) activities, intentions, capabilities, or limitations an adversary seeks in order to gain a military, political, diplomatic, economic, or technological advantage. Simply put, any information that the “bad guy” wants and needs to do us harm or allows them to gain an advantage over us.
A person, or group of people, whose objective differs with the friendly objective.
A measure of the potential degree to which protected information is subject to loss through adversary exploitation. Basically, this is the likelihood your information will be collected and acted on.
A weakness that the adversary can exploit.
Anything that effectively negates or mitigates an adversary’s ability to exploit vulnerabilities.
OPSEC in the News
The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus just issued ALNAV 072/16 to accompany the Department's new Operations Security (OPSEC) policy, which was released May 5.Read More...
Social engineering is a process where people use their social skills to manipulate targets to collect critical information or gain access to an area they wouldn't normally have access to, all without the victim's consent or knowledge. Read More...
We use passwords to protect ourselves online. It's important to ensure that this protection is as strong as possible.Read More...