How to be a Prepper: OPSEC for Preppers Part 4:
What information would an adversary want to know?
You need to know learn how to be a prepper who thinks like the bad guy. Some pieces of critical information to protect may be the simple idea that something exists. Sometimes robbers will take targets at random and hope that they come across something useful but doing that has a risk associated. If they’re reasonably sure you don’t have anything, they may just pass you by. Just knowing you have something could be critical information. Others include pieces of critical information could be protecting against how someone could get to what you have.
Take the example of if you stored ammo in a safe. They may know that you have ammunition stored in there, but if they don’t know the combination to the safe, they probably won’t be able to get to it, or at least, it may be too much trouble for them to try. So in this case, what pieces of critical information do we have so far to start your brain thinking, and what else would someone want to know? Here are some thoughts:
- What do you have that they would want? – pistol and ammo
- How is it protected? – it’s in a safe
- What is the combination? – 8675309
- Where is the safe? – behind a trap door hidden in the garage, under some Playboys
- Who knows the safe’s combination? – my wife, my oldest kid and the neighbor
- How else could they find the combination? – it’s written on a note taped to the back of the safe in case I forget
- When is the safe unprotected? – Thursdays when we all go LARPing.
Each of these things as they are seen from the enemy are called OPSEC indicators. You could go on for a long time with just this one thing, which is why it’s so important to break down exactly what you need to protect and what you don’t. Keep in mind that OPSEC isn’t about how to secure a thing, it’s about how to protect information about the thing’s security. An example of an OPSEC indicator could be the box in the garbage that came with the pistol you put into the safe. This is where the ‘know thine enemy’ part comes into play. You’re now going to look through the eyes of the Purple Dragon and try to figure out what he would want to know and match that up with what information is theoretically available for them to know. This is where you have to think like the Wolf. This set of information that you put together is your first group of Critical Information. It’s called critical information because it’s critical that you protect it. Your list of critical information will change as you go through the process.