Sensitive Item Essay

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Importance of Keeping Sensitive Items Secure

In opening this essay will be covering the importance of keeping accountability of and securing sensitive items and its effect it has and can have on completing the mission. As well as maintaining Operational Security (OPSEC). I will also be covering the Army’s views and standards on maintaining sensitive item accountability and the punishments that can be set forth to an individual or group by section leader or chain of command. I will be using references and real life scenarios to illustrate its importance. I am writing this essay due to the fact that on 12 January 2011 around 0700 hours on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. I -------left my identification card unsecured in a government computer.

Sensitive items can be defined but not limited to Identification card, weapons, Communication Security (COMSEC) filling devises, classified documents, social security numbers, bank account information, etc. Anything that can be used by any opposing forces or criminals, to gain the up hand, counter attack, weaken forces, harm allies, gain access to protected areas, gain vital information, compromise operational security etc. Operational Security is important to maintain at all times. People will tend to get relaxed while not in a combat operation area. This is very dangerous due to the fact that opposing forces and spies know that this happens and are on a constant mission to obtain any ability to gather information or access areas that are normally not available to them. In an article posted by The Washington Post on 26 August 2010; “The most significant breach of U.S. military computers was caused by a flash drive inserted into a laptop on a post in the Middle East in 2008. The article states that a malicious code was placed on the drive by a foreign intelligence agency, there is uploaded it’s self into the military’s computer network. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn stated; “The code spread...
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