DoD Secure-Working with National Industrial Security Program

Classified Government Contracts and Risk Assessment

May 13, 2021 Season 3 Episode 7
DoD Secure-Working with National Industrial Security Program
Classified Government Contracts and Risk Assessment
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The National Industrial Security Program NISPOM is THE guidance for Cleared Defense Contractors (CDC) performing on classified contracts. However, it doesn’t always answer some questions these FSOs might have about protecting classified information. For example, suppose a defense contractor company has a contract requiring the storage of classified information at the SECRET level. Do they need an alarm?
You might recall in earlier articles that I’ve emphasized the importance of finding out what the threats to classified information are to your particular organization. Be aware of NISPOM vs. Best Practices, vs. Risk Assessment before committing resources that may or may not be required. Industry standards and common practices may almost seem like requirements, but can be expensive endeavors if not necessary to implement. To some, it may be unheard of not to have alarms, cameras or access control systems (door magnets and card readers). However, these are not required in NISPOM (except for intrusion detection systems as identified in certain

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