Course Summary
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42.5 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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:

  • Understand the policy, documentation, preparation, and procedures for the protection of classified information by contractors taking part in the NISP
  • Distinguish the techniques and conditions for marking classified information, including modifications of markings, special marking types, and types of materials and information

General Course Topics:

  • Derivative classification
  • Develop a security education and training program
  • Facility clearance in the NISP
  • FSO role in the NISP
  • Integrate counterintelligence and threat awareness into security programs
  • NISP reporting requirements
  • NISP self-inspection
  • Personnel clearances in the NISP
  • Safeguarding classified information in the NISP
  • Transmission and transportation for industry understanding Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence
  • Visits and meetings in the NISP
  • National Industrial Security System (NISS) external user training
  • Marking classified information
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

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

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials