Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) is a status or situation in which a contractor with access to classified information has some foreign investment or association with foreign interest. It’s used by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) to manage our national security interests without denying defense contractors, specifically those with foreign interests, access […]
The Zero Trust Security Model, coined just over a decade ago, is a framework organizations can use to construct or enhance their cybersecurity program. It was formulated by considering the modern-day infrastructure challenges that now consist primarily of cloud and hybrid environments — making it difficult to define precisely where a network of servers, applications, […]
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In accordance with Executive Order 12829, the Defense Security Service (DSS) administers and implements the defense portion of the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). To this end, it publishes the DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) providing a comprehensive Risk Management Framework (RMF) for government agencies and their partners. In June of last year, […]
The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) defines security standards that must be followed by U.S organizations (government and corporate) with access to classified information. Among other things, the NISPOM provides guidelines to: • Ensure proper clearance for access to classified information• Provide adequate security training/briefings to personnel• Regulate outgoing and incoming visits to […]
The Federal contracting world is fraught with fierce competition. There are numerous governance and compliance hurdles unique to Federal contracts. Facility Security Officers (FSOs) need the right tools to meet the challenges of keeping facilities secure. Failure to provide these solutions may not only impact efficiency, but it may generate future expenses that could have […]