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Cyber Security Fears at Sheppard

The military is taking a tough look at social media. There are concerns sites such as Facebook or Twitter could put our forces in danger. For airmen at Sheppard Air Force Base, some applications can put protected information into the wrong hands.

Airmen are being told to watch what they post on social networking sites, but sometimes it's hard to control. Many have Facebook on smart phones with multiple tracking applications, or apps. In fact, there is an app called "Places I Checked Into," which automatically posts an update to Facebook detailing the poster's exact location. That type of information worries some at Sheppard.

"I guarantee the enemy is out there, watching that stuff, looking for what our servicemen or women are saying on social media for the possibility of using that against us," says John Ingle, a Public Affairs Specialist at Sheppard AFB

Which is why Officials at the base teach all airmen the concept of operational security. They should be mindful of transmitting any kind of information, in any kind of setting. Especially since Sheppard trains 80 percent of all active air force personnel, making the location a target.

Senior Master Sgt Jack Koby, the Interim Chief for Information Protection at Sheppard explains, "You've got to be aware of who's around, who's listening, and what you say."

Many look to the secure log-in's and enhanced security features on social network sites. Yet SMSgt Cody says to not trust anything. "I'm a strong believer that even the strongest security settings aren't 100% foolproof," he says.

Even posting a picture in a certain location can compromise security.

According to Ingle, "Videos and photos can be dangerous to our airmen and our military service members."

SMSgt Koby agrees. "If there is someone out there watching-the bad guys are watching and they know our airmen or solders or sailors are outside of our country and that makes them a vulnerability."

Officers at Sheppard also remind all airmen that once something is posted to cyberspace, it is impossible to get back.

 

 

 

Mary Moloney, Newschannel 6

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