Category: About

Who we are

Our Mission: To foster the development of Operations security; to enable collaboration and advancement of the tradecraft of OPSEC, while simultaneously advancing the profession within the government, private and public sectors. OSPA also promotes adoption of the process in other areas not traditionally covered by existing OPSEC programs. Education, sharing of best practices, and providing subject matter assistance are the pillars of OSPA.

The Operations Security Professional’s Association (OSPA) is a tax exempt, Non-profit organization dedicated to improving awareness of Operations Security in both the public and the private sector. We believe that OPSEC is a tool that can benefit everyone, from neighborhood watch programs to military missions.

We provide free resources, tools, education, and collaboration for a wide variety of applications. Our website serves as a repository for information that anyone can adapt and use.

OSPA members work together towards creating and sharing information on a wide range of subjects, such as information security, OPSEC briefings, Security Briefings, OPSEC program management and more.

OSPA takes its commitment to members very seriously, and stands firm to a commitment of service, transparency and ethical behavior.

In order to meet this commitment, OSPA will always strive to keep members informed of all internal workings, and will always be available for direct contact.

The official OSPA Constitution and Bylaws (pdf): OSPA Constitution and Bylaws


About the OSPA logo

The OSPA logo is a purple dragon protectively clutching the earth. The purple dragon has a special significance in the OPSEC community, as it was the mascot of the original team that developed the process. In mythology, the dragon is known for protecting treasure; it’s often depicted guarding gold or other riches. With OPSEC, the dragon is protecting those things that are important to us. The OSPA logo depicts the “purple dragon” of OPSEC protecting the world.


Ethics

Ethics are of the highest concern for both OSPA and the OPSEC Community, as a whole. In keeping with this high ethical standard, OSPA observes the following code of ethics:

  1. Perform all professional activities and responsibilities with due diligence and honesty.
  2. Maintain the highest ethical standards in professional and personal conduct.
  3. Employ the OPSEC Process to protect critical and sensitive information.
  4. Promote the concepts of Operations Security within Government and Private Industry.
  5. Maintain professional competence at all times and continually seek out opportunities for self development and collaboration with other OPSEC professionals.
  6. Provide mentorship to other OPSEC professionals.
  7. Refrain from any activity or act which might imply a conflict of interest with professional duties or which would damage the reputations of other professionals, employers, the OPSEC profession and the OSPA.
  8. Adhere to the bylaws of OSPA, use OSPA and OPSEC Academy materials as intended, and respect fellow professionals

Something for Everyone

Material for members and non-members alike

OSPA believes that everyone deserves to be given the information that they need to keep them and those around him safe. OSPA also recognizes that OPSEC is an important tool in your goal to protect lives and livelihoods. We make information, programs and material available for free to all and constantly strives to meet the needs of the growing OPSEC community, which includes military, government, families, communities, corporations and more.

OSPA is proud to count among its members some of the most accomplished and experienced OPSEC professionals in the world. And this is the real strength of the Association; members that are willing to reach out and help each other in their own OPSEC programs.

  • OPSEC Awareness material
  • The OPSEC Correlation Analysis Tool
  • Member’s chat and forums
  • OSPA project tracking
  • Critical Information List (CIL) generator
  • OPSEC plan creation tools
  • Direct access to a stable of Subject Matter Experts
  • Direct access to the OSPA board and committees
  • OPSEC analysis tools
  • On-line and real world events exclusive to OSPA members
  • New releases of beta programs and material
  • Access to the OPSEC Support Request Form
  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Assessment Tool
  • OPSEC Continuity Book Template

Join OSPA

Joining the Operations Security Professional’s Association (OSPA) gives you full access to advanced professional resources, including tools, subject matter experts, prepared briefings and materials, and peer collaboration. Your membership dues are used to advance the field and awareness of OPSEC, organize security training events, develop programs and material, assist underfunded programs, reach out to the community and more.

  • Recognition as an OPSEC Professional
  • @opsecprofessionals.org email account
  • Periodic OPSEC journal
  • OPSEC Email alerts
  • professionally developed training materials Awareness products
  • Video, poster and print OPSEC awareness material
  • Direct access to peers, which encourages networking and mutual aid
  • (Optional) publication in the OPSEC professional database/listing

Click here for the membership application

Dues are $60 a year.
Payment can be made via check, paypal, or credit card.

To pay by check, select the “mail a check” option.
The mailing address is:
OSPA Memberships
1467 Braden Loop
Glen Burnie, MD 21061