Will mistakes cause you to lose your Personnel Clearance? Holding a Personnel Clearance comes with a pretty strict set of standards for your conduct as both an employee and a private citizen. Whether it’s the standards found in 32 CFR Part 117, NISPOM, or the requirements you have to adhere to, like reporting requirements from Security Executive Agent Directive 3 (SEAD 3), cleared employees are … [Read more...] about What puts your PCL at risk?
The FCL Process (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGCH_-gXmIc The facility clearance (FCL) process can be intimidating, as can all the acronyms you encounter along the way. But it’s relatively straightforward if you’re prepared. Follow the steps outlined in this video, and you’ll be on your way to having a cleared facility. … [Read more...] about The FCL Process (Video)
Analyzing the Changes to the ICS 705 Policy
What’s different in ICS 705-02, released in early 2022 The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) rolled out changes to the Intelligence Community Standard (ICS) 705-02 policy on March 28, 2022. This policy dictates the standards for accreditation and use of SCIFs and SAPFs. While the ICD 705 Technical Specifications, or Tech Spec, undergoes changes approximately every 18 … [Read more...] about Analyzing the Changes to the ICS 705 Policy
Enforcing Good Document Control in Your Cleared Facility
How can you improve document control of classified information? If your company holds a Facility Clearance (FCL), good document control is a key part of maintaining your clearance and preserving national security. The standards for how facilities need to manage their document control can be found in 32 CFR part 117, NISPOM. Responsibility for maintaining good document control falls on the … [Read more...] about Enforcing Good Document Control in Your Cleared Facility
How Do You Obtain a Personnel Clearance?
Understanding how to navigate the PCL process A Personnel Clearance (PCL) is a necessity for all employees who work with classified information. An employee can’t obtain a PCL without being hired onto a government contract, and once they are, their clearance will take an average of two to eight months to obtain, though it may take more or less time depending on their individual … [Read more...] about How Do You Obtain a Personnel Clearance?
FSO Tips: Navigating the PCL Process (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wc-B77YlSs Are you an FSO looking for advice on how to guide your personnel through the Personnel Clearance (PCL) process? In this video, our Adamo security professional gives advice on how to navigate the process, like filling out the SF 86, and tips on how to make it run as smoothly as possible. … [Read more...] about FSO Tips: Navigating the PCL Process (Video)
The Requirements for Windows in a Secure Facility
What does it take to have a window in a SCIF, SAPF, or Closed Area? The benefits of natural light have been written about extensively: It offers necessary vitamin D, can help you sleep better, and can even ward off seasonal depression. However, in a secure facility, letting natural light in through windows creates a security vulnerability that requires extensive mitigation, if it can be allowed … [Read more...] about The Requirements for Windows in a Secure Facility
Can Your Smart Security Tech Be Too Smart?
Are we sacrificing security in the name of convenience? As technology becomes more advanced, some of our security systems are able to be controlled without so much as pushing a button. You can remotely engage your system from your phone or shut it off with the sound of your voice. This can save some time, but as we lean more into smart technology, are we putting ourselves into a more vulnerable … [Read more...] about Can Your Smart Security Tech Be Too Smart?
How Does RF Shielding Effectiveness Testing Work?
An overview of how TEMPEST testing is conducted If you’re constructing a SCIF or SAPF, part of your requirements will include meeting TEMPEST standards for radio frequency (RF) shielding. This is a crucial part of both your facility security and your accreditation. The requirements for these tests are laid out in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 299, the Standard Method … [Read more...] about How Does RF Shielding Effectiveness Testing Work?