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OPSEC Guidelines

Post by wannabemountainman on Sat 03 Mar 2012, 13:51

Stealth Security - OPSEC Guidelines for Preppers - Simplicity, Secrecy and Sustainability






Operational Security (OPSEC)
is a basic strategy for keeping any “potential” adversaries from discovering
your critical information. This protects you and all of your activities. Any
activities you are planning, that may be in a stage of partial completion or
that may have already been completed could be placed at risk if you fail to
observe a few simple and basic rules concerning OPSEC.





Successful OPSEC procedures
depend on three major factors...simplicity, secrecy and sustainability. You
will be able to reach your goals quicker and in a more secure manner with less
risk by maintaining your OPSEC. Those seeking to take advantage of you will be
seeking information about you, your family and your activities for their own
purposes.






The Three Major
Factors for establishing OPSEC:





1. Simplicity -





Your OPSEC procedures should
be designed with a simple set of rules that can be easily followed in order to maintain
your security. All family members should be able to follow and observe your
OPSEC guidelines with a minimum of instruction. Complex or more difficult
procedures are often harder to establish and may be difficult to enact properly
in order to maintain higher levels of security.






2. Secrecy -





OPSEC will help you maintain an effective
level of secrecy in order for you to reach your goals in an effective manner
without endangering your security. The most important thing of this aspect of
OPSEC is that specific and detailed information about your activities should be
kept on a “need to know basis only”. The more people that know about an
activity; there is less of a chance of you being able to keep that activity private.








3. Sustainability
-






Any plans for your OPSEC
must be capable of being sustained continuously at all levels. All family
members, young, old and in between, should understand the importance of not
revealing vital information about your activities or resources. In this regard,
only those persons whom you completely trust and could rely on to maintain your
security should be included in your security plans.





Here are some simple guidelines for maintaining your security:








OPSEC Guidelines
for Preppers





1. Never discuss
or release “detailed” information.






2. Keep
information on a “need to know” basis.





3. Use a high
level of trust to sustain your security levels.








You can discuss the different aspects of
prepping without revealing the full details about your activities. Having a
nice conversation is one thing but trying to establish “bragging rights” is a
different thing altogether. Don’t let your passion for prepping cloud your
judgment to the point of endangering your family and your security by revealing
too much about yourself, your family or your activities.






It is unfortunate that there
are those persons who will readily seek to take advantage of other people. If
they sense any weakness on your part, they will most certainly try to use that
to their advantage. There will also be those that will panic easily in a crisis
and this will cause many people to act in an irrational manner.





Got OPSEC?





Staying above the water
line!






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Post by wannabemountainman on Sat 03 Mar 2012, 13:37

The Importance of OPSEC for Preppers - When Friends Become Enemies



Desperate times create desperate people. This is one of the main reasons for maintaining your operational security. Many people are capable of unspeakable acts during a crisis that they wouldn’t even consider doing during normal times. When their individual welfare or the fate of their family is at stake, this is when friends can become enemies.




We’ve all seen the images of refugees in countries ravaged by war or social unrest. Looting, fights over a bag of rice or flour as it is being distributed by humanitarian relief groups from the back of a truck, the wanton destruction of property and the senseless taking of lives. These are the irrational acts of desperate and scared people. It is human nature at its worst on display for everyone to see. Yet many people still fail to see the very real possibility that these types of events can happen to them.




The most dangerous person you will ever meet is the one who has nothing to lose. Those persons who aren’t prepared and have relied on others to furnish their needs will ultimately suffer the most in a crisis. They will also become the most dangerous. Many will suffer from the effects of the “entitlement mentality” that has become ingrained in so much of our society. They will feel entitled to what you have because that is a "normal" part of their lifestyle. They will ultimately seek to regain what they have lost or maintain what little they have remaining by any means possible, even if it is at the expense of you or your family.





This is one of the main reasons that operational security for preppers is so important. If there were more people properly prepared for a crisis and there was less of the “entitlement mentality” in our society, this might not be the case. Quite often the exact opposite is going to be true because so very few persons are properly prepared to handle a crisis without being forced to resort to desperate measures and the odds of the government being able to handle the "overload" is not very likely (Can you say Katrina?).




Desperate people will be seeking solutions to their problems and you may not want them to see you as that solution.




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Simple Home Security

Post by wannabemountainman on Sat 03 Mar 2012, 13:29









Simple Home Security - The Denial of Area Strategy








Your home can often be made
more secure by following a few simple security measures. Maintaining a safe
distance is a major self defense strategy that is used on a personal level and
can be readily applied to your home as well.
Using a denial of area strategy is one of the most effective means to
maintain a higher level of home security.





Any means or device that
can be used to prevent an adversary from entering or crossing a specific area
around your home will increase the level of your security. You will want to
make it as hard as possible for them to even get close to your home without
being detected. The type of device or the method used to do this doesn’t have
to be totally effective and in a lot of cases it may not deter the individual
who is determined to violate the security of your home. It just needs to make
an approach to your home more difficult and time consuming.





The goal of a denial of area strategy is to slow their progress,
restrict their movements, limit their access or place them in a position where
they may be discovered more easily. You may wish to avoid any strategies that
may place you at a greater risk for personal injury (i.e., spreading broken
glass outside your windows).
The
following security tips can help increase your level of home security.









Simple Home Security Tips





1. Deny them the cover of darkness. - Many times those seeking to violate the security of
your home will prefer the cover of darkness to hide their activities. Installing
good lighting outside your home that will illuminate all the entrances to your
home and key areas of your yard will deny them a place to hide in the dark.





2. Deny them a safe place to hide. - Many times
thorny plants and shrubs located in strategic areas of your yard will deny them
a place to safely hide. Many times they won’t be aware of the hazard you’ve
provided for them until it’s too late.






3. Deny them easy access. - A good fence with locks on all gates is a good
start. Forcing someone to climb a fence will slow them down and make it more
time consuming for someone seeking to violate your security measures. Should
someone actually get close to your home, properly installing door locks and
securing your windows will slow them down even more.





Denying easy access to areas
around your home is a simple way to increase the levels of your home security.





Caltrops anyone?









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line!





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