By 2nd Lt Jeffery Brown
4th Space Operations Squadron
When people think of security two things that typically come to mind are law enforcement and personal security.
However, one piece of security that is often overlooked and seems so small, but could put lives in danger everyday is information security.
Believe it or not, shredding can make a huge difference to safeguard unclassified and classified information. The seemingly useless document on one’s desk could be a coveted bit of information to an adversary. To protect information everyone must shred all documents after use.
“Shredding helps to protect our information from falling into the wrong hands,” said Capt. Michael Sontag, 50th Space Wing operational security manager. “Terrorist groups are more focused on getting unclassified information because it isn’t illegal to gather. When you get many unclassified pieces together they sometimes begin to tell a classified story.”
Air Force Space Command instituted a mandatory 100 percent shred policy in March of this year. AFI 10-701 policy it states that; 100 percent shred policy. Whenever feasible, all unclassified paper products across AFSPC, except for newspapers and magazines, will be shredded prior to disposal or removal from the workplace for recycling, preventing our adversaries from exploiting the enormous amounts of crucial information we generate while accomplishing our various mission areas.
“Each unit should have two different types of classifications on their shredders. Each shredder should have marked on them only the highest class level acceptable for shredding in that particular machine,” said Captain Sontag.
When there is an OPSEC incident within a squadron, members should contact their respective unit’s OPSEC coordinator members. If the issue warrants higher level attention then members should contact the wing OPSEC manager.
For more information on OPSEC or INFOSEC call Captain Sontag at 567-6601.