DoD Secure-Working with National Industrial Security Program

How Cleared Defense Contractors Institutionalize Security Awareness

January 14, 2022 jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC Season 3 Episode 12
DoD Secure-Working with National Industrial Security Program
How Cleared Defense Contractors Institutionalize Security Awareness
Show Notes

When Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) conduct reviews of cleared defense contractor facilities, they go with a purpose. Their first priority may be to conduct a risk assessment of classified information in the contractor's possession. However, they are also looking at above and beyond metrics that demonstrate the commitment to national security. These above and beyond attributes are often recorded and rewarded. Here are some ideas Facility Security Officers can employ to demonstrate above and beyond NISPOM application.

You might even consider inviting an Industrial Security Professional (ISP) or Industrial Security Oversight (ISOC) certified guest speaker.

  • Additionally, many vendors offer already developed online NISPOM training perfect for sending to your employees.

Be sure to create an index or catalog of where brochures, posters or other training items are located so that you can keep them updated, monitor use and make improvements. Most of all, it’s important to document and demonstrate how you use these items to improve your security posture. Become an expert for your training and show DSS how you are making a difference.

For those defense contractors who what to perform on classified contracts, there are a few considerations to address. Under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), a cleared contractor should appoint an FSO to take on this responsibility of directing a security program to protect our classified information. This FSO is the link between the government contractor and the cognizant security agency (CSA).

The FSO has a tough task that they can’t possibly do alone (for training resources visit our website).

More tips can be found in the book “How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified Work

If you need assistance with FSO or security training please contact me or visit my consulting site Additionally, we have NISPOM fundamentals training perfect for studying and applying to your CDC facility. https://bennettinstitute.c

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