Course Summary
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31.5 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 risk management


The course objective is to provide the Government Industrial Security Specialist with the basic industrial security requirements of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). These are the same requirements that every cleared contractor facility participating in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) follows and on which any additional security requirements imposed by the government should be based.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the purpose of the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), as well as the authorities that oversee its operation.
  • Identify the purpose of the regulatory documents that form the basis of the NISP, and identify where each document falls in the Industrial Security policy framework.
  • Identify the primary roles involved in the NISP and the industrial security responsibilities of each.
  • Identify the primary databases and systems used to support the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).
  • Identify the purpose and use of each database or system.
  • Identify who has access to each database or system.
  • Identify and define the components of the risk management process.
  • Identify key sources of risk.
  • Identify and define security objectives and the characteristics of security controls.
  • Explain how impact levels are assigned to confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
  • Define Risk Management Framework (RMF) Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process and identify its purpose and timeline.
  • Identify the legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements that govern the RMF A&A process.
  • Identify and define Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and contractor roles and responsibilities related to the RMF A&A process.
  • Describe reporting requirements for National Industrial Security Program (NISP) contractors.
  • Identify procedures for reporting certain events that affect personnel or facility clearances.

General Topics:

  • Acquisition and Contracting Basics in the NISP Business Structures in the National Industrial Security Program Clearances in Industrial Security: Putting it All Together Industrial Security Basics Industrial Security Databases and Systems Introduction to the NISP Certification RMF A&A Process NISP Reporting Requirements NISP Security Violations and Administrative Inquires NISP Self-Inspection Preparing the DD Form 254 Safeguarding Classified Information in the NISP Transmission and Transportation for Industry Visits and Meetings in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP)
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials