Thursday, October 27, 2011

5 Easy Ways to Demonstrate NISP Enhancement Category 2

Category 2 of the NISP Enhancement covers Security Education: Internal Educational Brochures/Products. This focuses on the FSO providing security education to the entire employee population. This is in addition to security awareness training provided to cleared employees (employees with security clearances) required by NISPOM. What is the benefit of training cleared and uncleared employees? Uncleared employees can be the eyes and ears that are needed and add an additional layer of protection.

For example, cleared employees can be trained to recognize classified information. If a classified package is unattended, the cleared employee can be trained to recognize the sensitivity and report the incident to the FSO. Otherwise, they may take possession, read it, throw it away or otherwise cause compromise of classified information.

Here are some recommendations on how to provide that training:

  1. CD/DVD-Defense Security Services, Interagency OPSEC Support Staff and other professional and government organizations have movies available for ordering that apply to both cleared and uncleared employees. The movies are short, but dramatic on varying topics of treason, OPSEC and protecting personal identifiable information.
  2.  Web-based interactive tools-Again, these are available from the same agencies. Defense contractors can also create their own training and upload it for employee use. Red Bike Publishing also provides similar training.
  3.  Newsletters-The FSO can designate, sponsor or assign someone to create a periodic newsletter to provide timely articles. The newsletter can be generic or laser focused on industry topics. There are vendors out there that provide newsletters for a small fee. Or, you can re-use ours and blast it out to your employees or professional organization. Just be sure to give proper credit.
  4.  Security games/contests- FSOs have hosted poster contests where instead of relying on the security department to provide all the talent, other employees contribute. Organically produced posters can also use the company brand and carry on the company mission statement by having the security message reflect the organizational goals and values.
  5. Brochures- There are great resources for delivering pinpointed security messages. Companies can brand their security specifically to the organization or mission. Government agencies have websites with downloadable brochures and posters on many topics.

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 more detailed ideas see pages 225-227 of DOD SECURITY CLEARANCES AND CONTRACTS GUIDEBOOK

Jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP is the owner of Red Bike Publishing Red Bike Publishing . Jeff is an accomplished writer of non-fiction books, novels and periodicals. He also owns Red bike Publishing. Published books include: "Get Rich in a Niche-Insider's Guide to Self Publishing in a Specialized Industry" and "Commitment-A Novel". Jeff is an expert in security and has written many security books including: "Insider's Guide to Security Clearances" and "DoD Security Clearances and Contracts Guidebook", "ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual", and NISPOM/FSO Training" See Red Bike Publishing for print copies of: Army Leadership, The Ranger Handbook, The Army Physical Readiness Manual, Drill and Ceremonies, The ITAR,and The NISPOM

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