Security is everyone’s responsibility. If you see classified, sensitive, personal or operational information on the internet, report the matter immediately to your security manager within your chain of command to take mitigating action.
The DoD published DoDI 5400.17, which guides social media managers and public affairs (PA) professionals within the DoD on the official use of social media for PA purposes. Additionally, the policy outlines that acceptable use policy agreements must be in place between social media managers and their local information technology (IT) security office. DoD personnel managing or accessing an official social media account will coordinate with their local IT offices and sign an acceptable use policy agreement for tracking purposes.
The mandatory acceptable use policy agreement statement must contain the following:
"I will use official DoD social media accounts on non-DoD-controlled social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram) only as authorized by my job or duty description and to conduct official business, including to release official agency information or other official communication. I will not use personal social media accounts to conduct official business except as authorized in accordance with DoDI 8170.01."
Regardless of profile, you should always safeguard:
Details About Your Work
Information such as establishment/unit locations, telephone numbers, ranks, unit strength, position details or role could be used to target your workplace. Do not post details concerning security procedures. Ensure photos do not contain ID cards/official passes, keys, computer screens and other potentially sensitive materials or equipment.
In operations and during missions, information protection becomes critical, and attempts to gather information by adversaries may become more determined. Never release information about operational programs, deployment details, mission-specific information, capability shortfalls, casualty details or morale online.
Additionally, it is a DoD requirement for military members, DoD employees and contractors to pass annual training on Operations Security (OPSEC) awareness. Check with your local command to ensure you are up to date with your OPSEC training!
Know the Guidelines
Social media is a gateway into your life and provides details that can compromise your safety. Think about what you post and who can see it.
Explore the following guidelines for safeguarding the information you share personally, on behalf of your unit or both. You can look to the DoD Guidelines for more information.
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