Course Summary
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31.5 hours
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Homeland Security, Public Safety, or Organizational Behavior


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:

  • Discuss the business structures of facilities participating in the NISP and how to find key data in company records that is pertinent to the facility being cleared in the NISP
  • Describe the information systems that support the NISP
  • Understand the policies and standards used as part of the NISP Assessment and Authorization (A&A) Process, including identifying and defining roles and responsibilities of the government and contractors, as well as the RMF's relation to the A&A Process
  • Understand the DD Form 254, as well as the job aids/resources available to effectively complete and maintain the form
  • 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
  • Explain the acquisitions and contracting basics, including the acquisition life cycle, security requirements and guidance, contract administration, security-related contractual documents, and the fundamental NISP roles and responsibilities
  • Explain, at a high level, facility clearances, personnel security clearances, and Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI)
  • Differentiate the purpose and regulatory underpinnings of the NISP, the general structure of the NISP, and the essential roles and responsibilities in the NISP
  • Compare security violations and administrative inquiries, including types of violations, as well as the roles and responsibilities in handling violations and the administrative inquiry process
  • 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 activitie

General Course Topics:

  • Industrial security (IS) basics
  • Acquisitions and contracting basics
  • Overview of the DD Form 254
  • Personnel security clearances
  • Facility clearances
  • Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI)
  • Systems supporting the NISP
  • Business structure of any facility participating in the NISP
  • Reporting requirements as outlined in NISPOM 1-300
  • Requirements to conduct self-inspections
  • Rules and procedures for classified visits and meetings for facilities participating in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP)
  • Policy, documentation, preparation, and procedures for safeguarding classified information for contractors participating in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP)
  • Requirements and methods for transmitting or transporting classified information and other classified material in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) requirements security violations and administrative inquiries
  • NISP Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

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

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

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Supplemental Materials