Service members, families cautioned about releasing sensitive information

| September 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Reginald Rogers
Paraglide

FORT BRAGG, N.C.— The rising popularity of social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter has prompted more U.S. military service members and their families to become more technologically savvy.

Soldiers and family members now have the capability to distribute personal information, such as photos, videos and e-mail messages faster. It is because of this, that officials warn against the distribution of sensitive information on public websites.

“Every person has a piece to the puzzle,” explained Kellie Neuschwanger, operations security specialist, Directorate of Emergency Services, here. “We want to make sure not to provide those pieces to the adversary – whoever that adversary may be. It could be your neighborhood criminal or it could be a terrorist downrange looking to hurt the Soldiers (and) the families.”

Neuschwanger said not providing sensitive information to the public makes it more difficult for an adversary to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in personal, unit, installation, Army and military information.

Some examples of sensitive information may include deployment and redeployment information; personnel, logistics and shortages numbers or lists; meeting times or locations; duty rosters and phone trees; training schedules; and at times, family support activities including location, number of participants and types of activities, especially if connected to unit deployment or redeployment.

She added that while it may seem like everyday conversation, personnel strengths and shortages or even the mention of a family readiness group gathering could lead to big consequences if it is released to the wrong person.

“It’s all about educating and using the right forums to communicate,“ Neuschwanger said.  

She pointed out that everybody wants to put information on social networking sites because it’s easy, but added that the Army has several forums that will allow families to exchange information.

“Virtual FRG is one of the forums that is underutilized,” she said. “Spouses and family members (can) use Army Knowledge Online accounts to disseminate information.” 

AKO is a valuable tool that allows spouses, family members and their Soldiers to stay in touch, and social networking can be a great tool for the Army and its members, if it is used in the right capacity.

“That’s what it all comes down to – being able to discern between what should be protected versus what can be put out to everybody,” Neuschwanger said. 

Reginald RogersParaglideFORT BRAGG, N.C.— The rising popularity of social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter has prompted more U.S. military service members and their families to become more technologically savvy.Soldiers and family members now have the capability to distribute personal information, such as photos, videos and e-mail messages faster. It is because of this, that officials warn against the distribution of sensitive information on public websites.“Every person has a piece to the puzzle,” explained Kellie Neuschwanger, operations security specialist, Directorate of Emergency Services, here. “We want to make sure not to provide those pieces to the adversary – whoever that adversary may be. It could be your neighborhood criminal or it could be a terrorist downrange looking to hurt the Soldiers (and) the families.”Neuschwanger said not providing sensitive information to the public makes it more difficult for an adversary to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in personal, unit, installation, Army and military information.Some examples of sensitive information may include deployment and redeployment information; personnel, logistics and shortages numbers or lists; meeting times or locations; duty rosters and phone trees; training schedules; and at times, family support activities including location, number of participants and types of activities, especially if connected to unit deployment or redeployment.She added that while it may seem like everyday conversation, personnel strengths and shortages or even the mention of a family readiness group gathering could lead to big consequences if it is released to the wrong person.“It’s all about educating and using the right forums to communicate,“ Neuschwanger said.  She pointed out that everybody wants to put information on social networking sites because it’s easy, but added that the Army has several forums that will allow families to exchange information.“Virtual FRG is one of the forums that is underutilized,” she said. “Spouses and family members (can) use Army Knowledge Online accounts to disseminate information.” AKO is a valuable tool that allows spouses, family members and their Soldiers to stay in touch, and social networking can be a great tool for the Army and its members, if it is used in the right capacity.“That’s what it all comes down to – being able to discern between what should be protected versus what can be put out to everybody,” Neuschwanger said. 

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