FSOs should understand more than just the technical aspects of administering a security program.
Understanding how to mark, safeguard and disseminate classified information is important. However,the FSO should reach beyond the description of implementing a security program to safeguard classified material. The position also requires:
1. Assessing risks to the classified material
2. Interpreting safeguarding requirements
3. Communicating and incorporating a culture of compliance within the organization
4. Projecting the impact of classified contracts on the enterprise.
To do this, the FSO should possess the vision and skills to see where the security program needs to go, how to get there and encourage a security vision from the senior executive level downward. Without the proper influence, the FSO is may not be able to run a program to protect classified material
Effective tools include:
• Helping form corporate culture
• Installing and monitoring metrics
• Converging security and corporate functions
• Planning for Growth
For more detailed information on FSO functions, see Chapter 12 Putting It All Together of the book
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