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Interviews and topics centering on security clearances and protecting classified information according to the National Industrial Security Clearance Operating Manual (NISPOM).Did you know that employees with security clearances make up to 15% more than their counterparts? But many people don’t apply for security clearance jobs because they are worried about their past and others don’t apply because they don’t understand the process.  

My name is Jeff Bennett and I’ve been working with a security clearance for decades. I understand the system well and want to share with you my knowledge. I’ve taught courses in college, given security training to corporations, led security teams, and written many books on the subject. I think you will be pleased with this book. If you like it, please provide a review and recommend it to your friends. Visit www.redbikepublishing.com for links to our security clearance blog and podcast.

For some, the FSO designation is a career track with potential growth. For others, it’s an undesired appointment, part of doing business and just another additional duty.However, this responsibility should be taken very seriously as classified contracts depend on success. Regardless of whether desired or appointed, the FSO is key to managing classified contracts.Why not let Thrive Analysis Group Inc manage your FSO requirements while you focus on your core capabilities. We are uniquely positioned to equip your organization with FSO solutions and services.While you may be appointed as FSO, you should delegate FSO responsibilities to us. We provide a...
Published on: 2023-11-10
By Jeff Bennett
Jeff is available for speaking and consultinghttps://jeffreywbennett.comhttps://jeffreywbennett.thinkific.comFSOs have a huge responsibility to protect contractor information. One important job is to start with an insider threat program.Most people make the mistake of relying on tracking employees and looking for suspicious behavior. That's not a good way to start.I've got a better solution. It's here in the video as well as my new book:Establish an Insider threat program under NISPOM. https://www.redbikepublishing.com/books/https://www.redbikepublishing.com/insiderthreatprogram/Online security clearance webinars and coaching. Providing security training and resources.It also answers the question that so many people have asked,If we have the NISPOM, why do we need an insider threat...
Published on: 2023-04-22
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
Free security clearance seminarehttps://www.redbikepublishing.com/securityclearanceseminar/NISPOM Fundamentals https://www.bennettinstitute.comStay tuned for more information about our upcoming book. In the meantime, if you need to provide Insider Threat Training, you can download and present your very own to your employees NISPOM requires Derivative Classification Training and Record keeping Guidance. This guidance states that the cleared contractor provide cleared personnel with initial Derivative Classification Training and follow up and at least once every 2 years. No time to write training?You can find training here https://www.redbikepublishing.com/derivative/See more in our books "Insider's Guide to Security Clearances" and "How to gMission Driven Research, Inc Mission Driven Research, Inc is...
Published on: 2023-02-26
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
We are having a security clearance webinar. FInd more information here:https://www.redbikepublishing.com/securityclearanceseminar/This podcast is based on information from our NISPOM fundamentals course at https://www.bennettinstitute.comPodcast discusses:Facility Security Clearances (for businesses)Personnel Security Clearances (for people)Red Bike Publishing Providing security clearance books, training, and resources for cleared defense contractors.Support the showFSO Consulting:https://www.redbikepublishing.com/fso-consulting/We provide facility security clearance, personnel security clearance, FSO consulting and NISPOM consulting. Personnel Security Clearances How to get a clearance What to expect once you get a clearance What you can do to prepare for a clearance Facility Security Clearance ✓Become a CDC Contractor ✓Determine security requirements for SECRET, TOP SECRET and...
Published on: 2022-11-26
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
FSOs have a huge responsibility to protect contractor information. Just like an Olympic team may protect their athlete and performance details, the FSO should determine who is on the team, and which team members have access to information. The FSO should not stop work, but facility contract requirements without jamming up the employees with unobtainable security procedures. This is a presentation of how to be a world class FSOFrom How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified WorkInfluence at all levelsIntegrate security at all levelsBe fiscally responsible  Be flexible, but knowledgeableIf you need assistance with FSO or security training please contact...
Published on: 2022-07-19
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
Though defense contractors don't assign classification levels, it helps to understand why information gets classified and how the government identifies the classified information. The cleared contractor works with the classified information and protects it according to the markings.From How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified WorkInfluence at all levelsIntegrate security at all levelsBe fiscally responsible  Be flexible, but knowledgeableIf you need assistance with FSO or security training please contact me or visit my consulting site www.jeffreywbennett.com. Additionally, we have NISPOM fundamentals training perfect for studying and applying to your CDC facility. https://bennettinstitute.com/course/nispomfundamentals/The purposeful execution of Foreign travel pre-briefings-When employees travel...
Published on: 2022-03-25
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
There are many contractual reasons to transfer classified information from one location to another. Meetings, working groups, and deliverable requirements are just a few. In the receiving organization, the FSO should ensure all arriving classified information is inspected and received into accountability. From How to Get U.S. Government Contracts and Classified WorkThe FSO should ensure that all classified deliveries are inspected prior to bringing them into accountability. Such checks are necessary to ensure items were sent properly, were not tampered with in transit, contain correct items and are authorized for storage in the classified holdingsBe sure to visit Red Bike...
Published on: 2022-02-23
Though not as sinister and espionage riddled as most savvy spy novels, export compliance is an issue that will get defense contractors in trouble. Violating State Department regulations will bring the weight of the US Government on the offending company. According to the International Traffic In Arms Regulation, ITAR, “Any person who engages in the United States in the business of either manufacturing or exporting defense articles or furnishing defense services is required to register”. Security clearances should be kept to the minimum amount necessary to perform the classified work, access to that classified information must be kept to only...
Published on: 2021-11-20
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
Red Bike Publishing is pleased to announce the new NISPOM. National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual 32 CFR Part 117.  An FSO has readily available data to determine and communicate the effectiveness of the security program. Gathering available information, creating a detailed database and performing solid analysis will determine the program's success.End of day checks serve as a precaution against leaving classified information unattended.Feel free to contact us for information on how to promote your business through our newsletter.     NISPOM Training Topics:Insider ThreatInitial / Annual Security AwarenessDerivative ClassifierNon Disclosure AgreementIf you need assistance with FSO or security training please contact...
Published on: 2021-07-26
Contact/newsletter:redbikepublishing.com/contactThe National Industrial Security Program NISPOM is THE guidance for Cleared Defense Contractors (CDC) performing on classified contracts. However, it doesn’t always answer some questions these FSOs might have about protecting classified information. For example, suppose a defense contractor company has a contract requiring the storage of classified information at the SECRET level. Do they need an alarm?You might recall in earlier articles that I’ve emphasized the importance of finding out what the threats to classified information are to your particular organization. Be aware of NISPOM vs. Best Practices, vs. Risk Assessment before committing resources that may or may not...
Published on: 2021-05-13
NISPOM Seminar https://www.redbikepublishing.com/nispom-seminar/Study NISPOM Fundamentals in Four hour sessionWe excited to offer two live NISPOM Seminar events:• 23 March 4-8 Pm CST• 30 March 4-8 Pm CSTPrepare for the Industrial Security Professional ISP Certification (ISP) and the DoD’s SPeD Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC). Those and several similar motivational publications stress that everyone has the same amount of time in a day. What we do during that time helps us either make or goals or fail before we even get started.   As leaders, FSOs can help cleared defense contractor employees understand how to create incredible security programs. Focusing on training,...
Published on: 2021-03-08
 So let’s talk professional goals, the NCMS’ ISP Certification and CDSE's ISOC are great ones to strive for.1.  Begin at the NCMS, ISP Certification information website @ http://www.ncms-isp.org/ISP_Certification/index.asp. If your goal is ISOC certification, begin at the CDSE website. 2. Understand the application process. There are minimum experience requirements that applicants must meet as well as administrative tasks built into the process.3. Understand the requirements and get a feel of where you are professionally and any gaps you need to breach to bring your knowledge of NISPOM and ISP or ISOC  Certification categories to where it needs to be. It’s not...
Published on: 2021-02-21
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
This episodes discusses new guidance on Controlled Unclassified Information. https://www.archives.gov/cuiIn this episode of DoD Secure, I discuss the new guidance for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). There are a few points to consider: 1. The government designates CUI 2. CUI Registries, training and information exist with executors at Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) and DoD  3. The CUI guidance reflects the guidance found with protection classified information. The government owns the information, designates which is CUI, provides markings and notifications, provides oversight, and communicates to the contractor. Guidance for protection classified information that can be applied CUI can be found at: How to Get...
Published on: 2020-12-07
Some security training and briefings are very discouraging for the work force. Many times, the training is the exact same video or presentation used year after year. So, if you go to my website www.redbikepublishing.com, you might find training and tests that do ask those types of questions. This topic is specifically about how to make your security training more effective for your work force. There are two types of training: for security professionals and for the workforce. So here are three problems I see with the current security training trend:1.     Lack of training resourcesWhat is concrete is that there are various...
Published on: 2020-09-20
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC
Once a company wins a bid on classified work, they will then prepare their organization to perform classified work according to the contract. Some great planning resources are the DD Form 254, Statement of Work, and Security Classification Guide. This podcast teaches how to use the references to set up your program.As part of a classified contract, Cleared Defense Contractors (CDC) may receive  or transmit classified information. Part of the receipt task is the critical inspection of the package throughout the unwrapping process. The inspector is searching for evidence of tampering or to otherwise to inspect that there has been...
Published on: 2020-08-01
By jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP, SAPPC, SFPC, ISOC