The Official Definition (From JP 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms) Operations security (OPSEC) is a process of identifying critical information and subsequently analyzing friendly actions attendant to military operations and other activities to: (a) identify those operations that can be observed by adversary intelligence systems; (b) determine what indicators adversary intelligence systems might obtain that could be interpreted or pieced together to derive critical information in time to be useful to adversaries; and (c) select and execute measures that eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level the vulnerabilities of friendly actions to adversary exploitation. See DOD cyberspace glossary and DOD intelligence glossary. Thinking about it from a non-military perspective, OPSEC is basically keeping information out of burglar’s hands that they can use against you at a later date. Do the eye test… Walk around the perimeter of your home and identify things that are out of the ordinary, identify and correct items lying around like ladders that can be used to aid a burglar to get into your home. Broken or burnt out light bulbs, tools left out, broken or unlocked windows, loose doors, overgrown shrubbery near windows and doors… If something isn’t right, fix it. Never leave empty boxes of valuables you just purchased on the curb, do not leave your garage door open over night, do not leave your home unlocked when you are away or at night, do not throw bills in the trash at the curb, do not place your house key under a door mat, above a door jam or in a hide a-key in the flower bed, do not share your alarm code with people outside of your family and/or a trusted neighbor, do not leave mail piling up in your mail box or news papers stacked up near the front door if you are away on vacation. Crush empty boxes of valuables just purchased and put them in the recycle bin, close and lock your garage at night, lock up your home when you leave and at night, shred or burn old bills with account numbers on them, provide a spare house key with a trusted neighbor, discontinue mail and newspaper service while on vacation, start a Neighborhood Watch program, know your neighbors and most importantly, have a verified home security system installed. Secure Pacific’s expert security consultants can assist you with identifying the right verified security system for your home, and assist in identifying what should be done to make your home less desirable for a burglar. Contact Secure Pacific at 877-837-4723 for your free consultation.