Operations Security (OPSEC)

Operations Security (OPSEC) definition in Computer Security terms:

Acronym(s): OPSEC

Definition(s): Systematic and proven process by which potential adversaries can be denied information about capabilities and intentions by identifying, controlling, and protecting generally unclassified evidence of the planning and execution of sensitive activities. The process involves five steps: identification of critical information, analysis of threats, analysis of vulnerabilities, assessment of risks, and application of appropriate countermeasures.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4 (CNSSI 4009)

A process of identifying critical information and analyzing friendly actions attendant to military operations and other activities to: identify those actions that can be observed by adversary intelligence systems; determine indicators and vulnerabilities that adversary intelligence systems might obtain that could be interpreted or pieced together to derive critical information in time to be useful to adversaries, and determine which of these represent an unacceptable risk; then select and execute countermeasures that eliminate the risk to friendly actions and operations or reduce it to an acceptable level.
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015 (DoDD 5205.02E)

A systematic and proven process intended to deny to potential adversaries information about capabilities and intentions by identifying, controlling, and protecting generally unclassified evidence of the planning and execution of sensitive activities. The process involves five steps: (1) identification of critical information; (2) analysis of threats; (3) analysis of vulnerabilities; (4) assessment of risks; and (5) application of appropriate countermeasures.
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015 (ICS 700-1)

Synonym(s): None

 

reference: CSRC Glossary