Often when we talk about security, we focus on the mechanics of how to keep technical infrastructure safe. It can be easy to forget that operational security is just as important. When done right, strong OpSec practices will keep your business safe from leaked information, competitive disadvantage, and even public embarrassment.
Without good OpSec, your business may be vulnerable to information theft via an attack surface that has little or nothing to do with computers. With that said, here’s what you need to know about OpSec today.
What is OpSec?
OpSec stands for Operational Security. Many people think of it in a military or national security context. In those realms, OpSec means understanding what your adversaries can deduce from the communications you put out, and taking steps to limit the usefulness of any information they can easily gather. For our purposes — in the world of business — when we say OpSec, we mean: “Actions taken to ensure that information leakage doesn't haunt you.”
Similar concept, different context. OpSec in the world of business is all about making sure that information about your business that should remain private, does remain private. This article offers a helpful framework for applying OpSec principles to business. Below, we’ll explain what we’ve learned and how we share that with our own employees.