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National industrial program gets approval.

The President has approved a report by the Department of Defense that will launch the National Industrial Security Program (NISP)--a program that is expected to reduce costs to both government and industry while improving security.

The report on NISP will guide the implementation of a new government-wide program to handle all elements of security, including personnel, physical, and information security.

"The approval of the report on NISP by the President is a tremendous milestone for the government and the defense industry," said Don Fuqua, president of Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).

"The implementation of NISP will result in a much more streamlined and efficient way to safeguard government security information. The defense industry is ready and eager to visit with the implementation process," Fuqua added.

AIA, the National Security Industrial Association, the National Classification Management Society, and ASIS have been instrumental in developing NISP.

Concerned about the complexity and cost of the government's multiple security programs, AIA's Industrial Security Committee began in 1986 to develop a program to standardize security practices with a single, coherent, national program of baseline security requirements and standards for all to follow.

Early in this effort, the committee surveyed 14 member companies and identified a number of problems, such as employees who had to complete an average of eight separate but similar clearance forms for six different clearing agencies to receive their clearances. Also, redundant government inspections of these companies were conducted by 12 government departments and agencies.

The work of AIA's Industrial Security Committee eventually evolved into a government/industry task force of 260 people--which includes a number of ASIS members--who developed the NISP blueprint for action.

NISP also provides for a policy advisory committee (NISPPAC) with representatives from the government and the defense industry.

NISPPAC will provide advice on all issues involving NISP policy.

NISP is expected to take two to five years to be fully implemented, although some elements have already been put into effect.
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Title Annotation:ASIS in Action; National Industrial Security Program
Publication:Security Management
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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