Operations security helps to secure your data from hackers, spies and other people or institutions who would like to access your data. In the current times, you need OPSEC more than ever. Governments across the world are passing laws that they can use to access your data at will. Moreover, cybercriminals are developing new hacking methods. Hence, as an individual as well as an organisation, you need OPSEC to secure your data. Here are three key steps you can use to implement OPSEC.
1. Define the information you need to hide
Identifying the information that you need to protect from third parties is the most important step in the process of applying operations security to your system. You need to differentiate between the actual messages that you exchange with your contacts and the details about your communication activities. Hackers may be interested in how you communicate as opposed to the actual content of your message. Therefore, you have to clearly define the information that you intend to hide from specific third parties.
2. Analyse the risks that you face
At this stage, you need to list all the possible dangers that you face. You have to define the types of attacks that hackers may likely carry out against you. You also need to list some of the third parties that you think may be interested in accessing your data. Individual hackers, cybercrime gangs and even government agencies are some of the third parties who may be interested in your data. Therefore, you have to include them in your list of possible hackers. You then have to analyse the likelihood of potential parties carrying out specific attacks against you.
3. Implement specific OPSEC measures
Once you have carefully identified possible risks and determined their probability of occurrence, you will have to address the risks. At this stage, you will have to implement specific measures to protect your data. You will use measures that address specific threats that you would have identified and classified.
In conclusion, you can successfully implement OPSEC and secure your data more by following these steps. You have to define the risks that you face, prioritise them and implement concrete measures to address them.