How Cleared Contractors Appoint Facility Security Officers

Getting a defense contractor that is cleared needs more than only a defense contractor. It is more to do with what to do after the clearance is given; especially, protecting classified information. This protection involves data security and physical processing.

It's more than simply buying safes, installing access controls and receiving employee’s security clearances. Mostly, the cleared contractor must appoint a Facility Security Officer companies (FSO) responsible for implementing a program to safeguard classified information.

How Cleared Contractors Appoint Facility Security Officers

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To better answer frequently asked questions, I have written many times on this issue of selecting the ideal Facility Security Officer (FSO) qualifications. According to the National Industrial Security Program

Operating Manual (NISPOM), the FSO must be a US Citizen and be rid of the level of the facility (safety) clearance (FCL); interval. This provides a whole lot of room to get a cleared facility to determine how to get the work done. There are additional qualifications cleared contractors should recognize before appointing or hiring the FSO.

Mostly, the FSO should learn how to protect classified data as it pertains to the rid contract, organizational expansion, enterprise targets, and NISPOM guidance. The FSO should be able to perform a risk analysis, express the cost, benefits, and impact of encouraging a classified contract under the NISPOM requirements and integrate an environment of compliance and cooperation within the enterprise.

Finally, they have to have the ability to influence and induce the senior leaders to make good decisions, encourage compliance and incorporate security into the corporate culture. After all, safety violations not only cause harm to national security but may also affect the business with the loss of contracts.