Course Summary
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30 hours
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Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Strategic Security, Homeland Security, or Public Safety Leadership


The course objective is to preserve and protect our national security; the U.S. government must safeguard its secrets. The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) is a government/industry partnership that protects the millions of classified documents held by contractors. Key players in this program are the Facility Security Officers (FSOs) designated to represent each cleared facility and are responsible for ensuring their facilities comply with government requirements.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the fundamental duties of an FSO and how classified information is protected, as well as an initial review of the legal and regulatory foundation of the NISP, roles in the NISP, and its objective
  • Describe the procedures and requirements for sending visitors to contractor facilities, hosting and conducting classified meetings at contractor facilities, and outgoing and incoming foreign, as well as NATO, visits
  • Explain the policy obligations, best practices, and instructional techniques for creating and executing a security education and training program
  • Classify the structure of the NISP and its governing and contributing organizations and the reporting obligations for changed conditions affecting FCLs, PCLs, and safeguarding, as well as reports for security violations and/or various seditious activities
  • Distinguish the purpose and eligibility requirements of an FCL, the FCL request process, and impacts of assorted business structures on the process, as well as FCL maintenance, including FCL statuses and effects changed conditions or personnel actions cause
  • Describe FOCI terms and processes in relation to Industrial Security Programs, the four foundational process components of identification, adjudication, mitigation, and inspection, as well as the importance of the National Interest Determination and CFIU
  • Understand the legal and regulatory basis for the DoD Information Security Program and how the DoD implements the program
  • Summarize the purpose of a counterintelligence (CI) and threat awareness program, CI and threat awareness policy requirements, the use of the analytical risk management process, as well as key types of threats, common methods of collection operations, the most likely targeted types of information, and appropriate reporting requirements and procedures
  • Identify the roles and duties of an FSO in regards to the NISP personnel security requirements for contractors and how the DoD implements those obligations
  • Summarize the requirements for conducting a self-inspection of their facility, including preparations, methodology, and activities and actions to be taken during and after the self-inspection

General Course Topics:

  • Developing a security education and training program
  • Facility clearance in the NISP
  • FSO role in the NISP
  • Integrating counterintelligence and threat awareness into your security program
  • Introduction to information security
  • NISP reporting requirements
  • NISP Self-inspection
  • Personnel clearances in the NISP
  • Understanding Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence
  • Visits and meetings in the NISP
  • National Industrial Security System (NISS) external user training
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials