December 12, 2019

Airport OPSEC – WST

Wikipedia defines operations security (OPSEC) as a process that identifies critical information to determine if friendly actions can be observed by enemy intelligence, determines if information obtained by adversaries could be interpreted to be useful to them, and then executes selected measures that eliminate or reduce adversary exploitation of friendly critical information.  Put more simply, keep important stuff protected from prying eyes.  Loose lips might sink ships.

Next time you’re at the airport, pay attention to all those road warriors working away on their laptop, totally oblivious to everyone around them.  Now, take a moment to actually look at what’s on their screen.  Often, its sensitive company material, or even customer nonpublic information.  When working at the airport, position yourself to allow the most privacy or consider just not working if it’s just too crowded.

If connecting to public wi-fi at the airport, jump on the company VPN as soon as possible to help protect your communications.  Avoid public wi-fi altogether by using a cellular hotspot if you have one as it’s private, and usually better than the janky public wi-fi wherever you are.

So now you have tips for protecting important info when in public spaces, also don’t forget to protect yourself so your health doesn’t get compromised – make sure you travel with hand sanitizer and wet wipes!

Past Weekly Security Tips – WST