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Interviews and topics centering on security clearances and protecting classified information according to the National Industrial Security Clearance Operating Manual (NISPOM).Did you know that employees with security clearances make up to 15% more than their counterparts? But many people don't apply for security clearance jobs because they are worried about their past and others don't apply because they don't understand the process.Insider's Guide to Security Clearances answers your questions and walks the reader through the process.It's like having a security clearance roadmap and a private guide.What I've learned after over two decades in the field is that fear and misunderstandings stop people from making good career decisions such as applying for security clearance jobs. Just like any career goal or dream, you can probably list a few reasons why you should give up before you even try. Here are a few common misconceptions:I have a bad past; so they won't give me a clearance. Everyone will see my personal secretsSecurity clearances cost a lot of moneyIt takes years to get a security clearanceSecurity clearances are too competitive; they'll never give me oneNone of these are true. Insider's Guide to Security Clearance gives you the real information and solutions you need to go after that security clearance job.Inside you'll find answers to your security clearance questions and information you can use immediately. My name is Jeff Bennett and I've been working with a security clearance for decades. I understand the system well and want to share with you my knowledge. I've taught courses in college, given security training to corporations, led security teams, and written many books on the subject. I think you will be pleased with this book. If you like it, please provide a review and recommend it to your friends.Visit www.redbikepublishing.com for links to our security clearance blog and podcast. We also have training at www.bennettinstitute.comWebsites and mentions: https://www.redbikepublishing.com security clearance and classified work books and traininghttps://www.bennettinstitute.com security clearance and performing on classified work consulting and traininghttps://amzn.to/39iYPVL How to Win Government Contracts and Classified Workhttps://www.redbikepublishing.com/fso...https://amzn.to/2CVmyz6Watch this on Youtube:https://youtu.be/48mGX03udtw

DoD Secure-Working with National Industrial Security Program jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC

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    • 4.3 • 4 Ratings

Interviews and topics centering on security clearances and protecting classified information according to the National Industrial Security Clearance Operating Manual (NISPOM).Did you know that employees with security clearances make up to 15% more than their counterparts? But many people don't apply for security clearance jobs because they are worried about their past and others don't apply because they don't understand the process.Insider's Guide to Security Clearances answers your questions and walks the reader through the process.It's like having a security clearance roadmap and a private guide.What I've learned after over two decades in the field is that fear and misunderstandings stop people from making good career decisions such as applying for security clearance jobs. Just like any career goal or dream, you can probably list a few reasons why you should give up before you even try. Here are a few common misconceptions:I have a bad past; so they won't give me a clearance. Everyone will see my personal secretsSecurity clearances cost a lot of moneyIt takes years to get a security clearanceSecurity clearances are too competitive; they'll never give me oneNone of these are true. Insider's Guide to Security Clearance gives you the real information and solutions you need to go after that security clearance job.Inside you'll find answers to your security clearance questions and information you can use immediately. My name is Jeff Bennett and I've been working with a security clearance for decades. I understand the system well and want to share with you my knowledge. I've taught courses in college, given security training to corporations, led security teams, and written many books on the subject. I think you will be pleased with this book. If you like it, please provide a review and recommend it to your friends.Visit www.redbikepublishing.com for links to our security clearance blog and podcast. We also have training at www.bennettinstitute.comWebsites and mentions: https://www.redbikepublishing.com security clearance and classified work books and traininghttps://www.bennettinstitute.com security clearance and performing on classified work consulting and traininghttps://amzn.to/39iYPVL How to Win Government Contracts and Classified Workhttps://www.redbikepublishing.com/fso...https://amzn.to/2CVmyz6Watch this on Youtube:https://youtu.be/48mGX03udtw

    Security training, export compliance, NISPOM, and working groups

    Security training, export compliance, NISPOM, and working groups

    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.

    Podcast links:
    Free NISPOM and ISP Trainingwww.bennettinstitute.com/coursesMy consulting site www.jeffreywbennett.com.
    NISPOM fundamentals training perfect for studying and applying to your CDC facility. https://bennettinstitute.com/course/nispomfundamentals/
    How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified Work.
    ITAR https://www.redbikepublishing.com/itar/
    NISPOM https://www.redbikepublishing.com/nispom/
    Certification: https://www.redbikepublishing.com/ispcertification/

    Government Security Training https://www.cdse.edu/
    Support the show (https://www.redbikepublishing.com/insidersguide/)

    • 43 min
    Determining security costs, protecting CUI, FSO training and more

    Determining security costs, protecting CUI, FSO training and more

    A cleared contractor can help reduce expenses with by preparing ahead of time. This is where an experience FSO can anticipate expenses, perform risk assessment while implementing NISPOM and advise on ways to reduce costs while being compliant. The more money saved on overhead expenses, the greater the overall company profit. The earlier into the process the assessment is conducted the better the company performs overall.

    It's a common practice to allow employees to use enterprise computers outside of the enterprise. This has become more common where employees are increasingly working at home. Though a common practice, these occurrences are not always best practices. Anytime an employee leaves work with a company computer, the expectation is that all information is vulnerable. 

    Protecting classified material – The proper receipt, accountability, storage, dissemination and destruction of classified material. Link to CDSE training https://www.cdse.edu/


    Required training – This instruction helps the FSO establish an ongoing training program designed to create an environment of security conscious cleared employees.
    Personnel security clearances – The FSO gains an understanding of the personnel security clearance request procedure, briefing techniques and maintenance of personnel clearances.

    You can find study recommendations, practice questions and NISPOM links at https://www.redbikepublishing.com/ispcertification/ and https://bennettinstitute.com/course/ispisoctipis/

    If you need assistance with FSO or security training please contact me or visit my consulting site www.jeffreywbennett.com. Additionally, we have NISPOM fundamentals training perfect for studying and applying to your CDC facility. https://bennettinstitute.com/course/nispomfundamentals/
    Security Defense Lawyer If you have had an event that could put your security clearance in jeopardy. contact Ron immediatelyJeff's Website Jeff is available for speaking and consultingRed Bike Publishing Providing security clearance books, training, and resources for cleared defense contractors.Mission Driven Research, Inc Mission Driven Research, Inc is a growing company providing technical services to the US government.SIMS Software SIMS suite provides features/functionality you need to run automated industrial security programs. Access Commander by MathCraft We support the mission of FSOs, CSOs and other security professionals. Bennett Institute Online security clearance webinars and coaching. Providing security training and resources.Support the show (https://www.redbikepublishing.com/insidersguide/)

    • 39 min
    Classified contracts, security audits, end of day checks and metrics

    Classified contracts, security audits, end of day checks and metrics

    Red Bike Publishing is pleased to announce the new NISPOM. National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual 32 CFR Part 117. 
     An FSO has readily available data to determine and communicate the effectiveness of the security program. Gathering available information, creating a detailed database and performing solid analysis will determine the program's success.

    End of day checks serve as a precaution against leaving classified information unattended.

    Feel free to contact us for information on how to promote your business through our newsletter.     
    NISPOM Training Topics:
    Insider ThreatInitial / Annual Security AwarenessDerivative ClassifierNon Disclosure AgreementIf you need assistance with FSO or security training please contact me or visit my consulting site www.jeffreywbennett.com. Additionally, we have NISPOM fundamentals training perfect for studying and applying to your CDC facility. https://bennettinstitute.com/course/nispomfundamentals/
    Red Bike Publishing Providing security clearance books, training, and resources for cleared defense contractors.Bennett Institute Online security clearance webinars and coaching. Providing security training and resources.Jeff's Website Jeff is available for speaking and consultingSIMS Software SIMS suite provides features/functionality you need to run automated industrial security programs. Access Commander by MathCraft We support the mission of FSOs, CSOs and other security professionals. Security Defense Lawyer If you have had an event that could put your security clearance in jeopardy. contact Ron immediatelyMission Driven Research, Inc Mission Driven Research, Inc is a growing company providing technical services to the US government.Support the show (https://www.redbikepublishing.com/insidersguide/)

    • 47 min
    Spies, Courtrooms and Security Training

    Spies, Courtrooms and Security Training

       Red Bike Publishing is pleased to announce the addition of training. We have created a training program that includes an Initial Security Training/Annual Awareness Training presentation and much more required by NISPOM. Instead of designing your own, just download and present these. You can even modify them (which we recommend) or tailor to your CDC business.

    Feel free to contact us for information on how to promote your business through our newsletter.     Jeff has made an online recorded version of the course NISPOM Fundamentals that he formerly taught at the University of Alabama Huntsville. He is available teach similar courses at your companies.

    Send an email to editor@redbikepublishing.com. Red Bike Publishing offers generous royalties and are able to reach over 30,000 people through various magazines, Amazon.com, and other bookstores. Red Bike Publishing uses professional printing and distribute through Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Noble and much more.
    Sometimes life imitates art. Just like in the thrillers that we watch or read, the evil doers seem to either be or think they are smarter than the good guys. They find loopholes that protect their crimes and there isn't a thing the good guys can do about it. Finally, at the last climatic moments, the good guys find the evidence they need to make a prosecution stick. Just like in the movies.A similar thriller plays out in a courtroom according to a January 22, 2010 Washington Examiner article called "Defense Official's Mom Introduces Him to Chinese Spy". According to the Article, James Wilbur Fondren provided three papers to a Taiwanese businessman who paid a consulting fee. Unbeknownst to Mr. Fondren, the Taiwanese businessman was a Chinese Spy. 


    NISPOM Training Topics:
    Insider ThreatInitial / Annual Security AwarenessDerivative ClassifierNon Disclosure AgreementIf you
    Security Defense Lawyer If you have had an event that could put your security clearance in jeopardy. contact Ron immediatelyJeff's Website Jeff is available for speaking and consultingBennett Institute Online security clearance webinars and coaching. Providing security training and resources.Red Bike Publishing Providing security clearance books, training, and resources for cleared defense contractors.Mission Driven Research, Inc Mission Driven Research, Inc is a growing company providing technical services to the US government.Access Commander by MathCraft We support the mission of FSOs, CSOs and other security professionals. SIMS Software SIMS suite provides features/functionality you need to run automated industrial security programs. Support the show (https://www.redbikepublishing.com/insidersguide/)

    • 54 min
    Classified Government Contracts and Risk Assessment

    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 situations and not in all situations).
    Prior to travel, a cleared employee should have a good understanding of their responsibilities to protect national security. A Defensive Security Briefing is for those who travel overseas and may be vulnerable to foreign entity recruiting methods. They should be constructed to make the cleared traveler aware of their responsibilities to protect employees, product, customers and those with which they do business. Topics of the defense security briefing should include threat recognition, how to assess and how to respond when approached for recruitment.
    The Facility Security Officer’s successful program depends on developing relationships with employees, managers and executives to facilitate execution of company policies and adherence to NISPOM. This includes security awareness training, participation in continuous evaluation, and tracking changes of status, and proactive action toward expired, existing and future classified contracts. An
    Security Defense Lawyer If you have had an event that could put your security clearance in jeopardy. contact Ron immediatelyRed Bike Publishing Providing security clearance books, training, and resources for cleared defense contractors.Jeff's Website Jeff is available for speaking and consultingMission Driven Research, Inc Mission Driven Research, Inc is a growing company providing technical services to the US government.Access Commander by MathCraft We support the mission of FSOs, CSOs and other security professionals. Bennett Institute Online security clearance webinars and coaching. Providing security training and resources.SIMS Software SIMS suite provides features/functionality you need to run automated industrial security programs. Support the show (https://www.redbikepublishing.com/insidersguide/)

    • 46 min
    Controlled Unclassified Information, classified information and such. Getting ready to perform on government contrats

    Controlled Unclassified Information, classified information and such. Getting ready to perform on government contrats

    While Facility Security Officers, government and military employees do an incredible job at training employees, implementing and directing security programs to protect classified information, a more menacing threat is still left unchecked. 
        The security industry spends terrific amounts of money fortifying and constructing buildings based on best practices and not entirely on a risk assessment. The NISPOM and other regulations advise on focusing protection and reducing costs. However, without a proper risk assessment, they may fall short of meeting legitimate threats.  The current practice makes it very difficult for someone to break in and steal secrets.  In light of addressing best practices, the main threat should not be overlooked or neglected. For example, when was the last time you read of buildings being broken into and safes blasted open or being cracked to obtain our nation's secrets? Facility security officers and industrial security professionals should develop measures to safeguard classified information at the highest level indicated. Employees should be trained to perform on these contracts based on NISPOM Guidance. This training includes:
    Non Disclosure Agreement (SF 312)
    Derivative Classifier
    Security Awareness Initial and Annual Refresher
    Insider Threat

    A buzz is sweeping the security community since the industry has been notified of the recent updates to DoD's CUI program based on the presidential memorandum with the subject, Designation and sharing of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). This memorandum implements a program designed to encourage the speedy sharing of information to those authorized and to better protect the information, privacy and legal rights of Americans. The CUI program is designed to promote proper safeguarding and dissemination of unclassified information.  
        Many readers may be familiar with the program CUI has replaced. Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information had enjoyed protection to a certain level but was not conducive to the necessary information sharing. Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) directives provide procedures for a more appr
    Security Defense Lawyer If you have had an event that could put your security clearance in jeopardy. contact Ron immediatelySIMS Software SIMS suite provides features/functionality you need to run automated industrial security programs. Bennett Institute Online security clearance webinars and coaching. Providing security training and resources.Red Bike Publishing Providing security clearance books, training, and resources for cleared defense contractors.Access Commander by MathCraft We support the mission of FSOs, CSOs and other security professionals. SIMS Software SIMS suite provides features/functionality you need to run automated industrial security programs. Jeff's Website Jeff is available for speaking and consultingSupport the show (https://www.redbikepublishing.com/insidersguide/)

    • 27 min

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