Magazine article Security Management

Security Illumination for the 1990s

Magazine article Security Management

Security Illumination for the 1990s

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The collapse of communism and the restructuring of the former Soviet Union and the East Bloc countries has transformed security strategy.

The reduction of the Soviet military threat has forced the United States to reexamine its defense spending, which has resulted in reductions in and the elimination of some defense programs. This reduction in resources means that the defense community needs to discover new and better methods of accomplishing its objective-safeguarding the nation's secrets.

To help the Defense Investigative Service (DIS) handle its immense work load (286 industrial security representatives for 11,718 facilities), new ways to improve the Defense Industrial Security Program (DISP) are always in demand. One approach is the formation of Industrial Security Awareness Councils (ISACs), which bring together security professionals to promote counterintelligence and security awareness.

ISACs serve an important role in these times of reduced budgets and downsizing. They reach out to the heart and soul of DISP-the 10,000 smaller defense contractors.

The majority of these contractors assign their industrial security responsibilities to nonsecurity personnel who have little formal security training and few available resources. ISACs help train these people and provide them with the essential resources to cope with changes.

ISACs are now proliferating nationwide. Industry security professionals, in many instances, are forming and leading these councils.

The focus of each ISAC depends on its composition, and the objectives vary from group to group. For example, some provide security training to new facility security officers (FSOs). Others perform an information exchange function. The primary purpose for most, however, is to promote security awareness.

The concept of ISACs began to flourish in DIS's Pacific Region in 1988. …

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