Though not as sinister and espionage riddled as most savvy spy novels, export compliance is an issue that will get defense contractors in trouble. Violating State Department regulations will bring the weight of the US Government on the offending company. According to the International Traffic In Arms Regulation, ITAR, “Any person who engages in the United States in the business of either manufacturing or exporting defense articles or furnishing defense services is required to register”.
Security clearances should be kept to the minimum amount necessary to perform the classified work, access to that classified information must be kept to only those with a valid need to perform on the government work. Security clearance verification cannot provide need to know. Just because one has a clearance doesn’t mean they should be authorized access. Need to know is based on a contractual or work performance basis.
A leader can form an HPT from all business units. Since the FSO is responsible for creating a security program to protect classified information, they may either suggest or take the lead and form the group. Once in the group, the individuals begin to discuss the vision, norms and etc. Such topics to tackle might include policy, security violations, refresher training, emergency operations planning, and communication for starters. A multi organizational HPT can bring depth and breadth to a stagnant security program.Only those working in the National Industrial Security Program for at least 5 years are edible for the ISP Certification and anyone holding the SFPC qualifies for ISOC. Five years experience should make the professional more than capable of passing the exam. However, understanding how to study will make a difference in their success.
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