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How CMMC is Changing Facility Security in 2021

Jul 30, 2021

It’s been nearly a year since the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) went into effect. Announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2019, the program is an ambitious effort to consolidate security regulations across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and supplant the more familiar NIST SP 800-171. Now, implementation is well underway, and the certification…

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FSO Tip: Managing Forms with Portal Commander

Jul 4, 2021

Today’s Facility Security Officers (FSOs) have a tough job. Not only must they ensure that their facilities comply with increasingly strict security regulations, but they must also assist with employee training activities, protect classified information, conduct self-inspections, and much more. With so many things to do, FSOs don’t have all day to spend in front…

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FSOs in a New Age of Counterterrorism

Jun 4, 2021

Terrorism as a global phenomenon is winding down. According to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), the number of worldwide terror attacks has been on the decline since 2014. But now, U.S policymakers are turning their attention to the rise of “domestic terrorism” incidents around the country, which could lead us into a new era of counterterrorism efforts.…

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Defending Against Cyberattacks: The FSO’s Perspective

May 15, 2021

Two weeks ago, news broke of a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, the largest provider of natural gas across the Eastern United States. In response, the company temporarily shut down its 5,500-mile pipeline extending from Houston, TX to Linden, NJ. In the aftermath, gas stations experienced shortages as customers stocked up, and the price of gas increased…

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FSO Tip: How to Send Welfare Checks in Portal Commander

Mar 23, 2021

At any given time, hundreds of employees in cleared organizations may be traveling for assignment or recreational purposes throughout the United States and around the world. Not only is it the job of Facility Security Officers (FSOs) to review foreign and domestic travel requests ahead of time, but they must also keep track of an…

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What Does the New NISPOM Rule Mean for Federal Contractors?

Mar 21, 2021

On December 21st, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule concerning the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). The rule not only incorporates NISPOM into the code of federal regulations (CFT), but it also introduces several new provisions. Most importantly for FSOs, NISPOM now includes the reporting requirements established by Security Executive Agent…

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FSO Tip: The FSO’s Guide to Approving Requests in Portal Commander

Jan 23, 2021

Facility Security Officers (FSOs) bear the responsibility to protect our nation’s most sensitive cleared facilities. In large organizations, they may have to review hundreds or even thousands of cases on a daily basis. Organizing these tasks alone takes up a significant portion of the average FSO’s workday. Portal Commander frees you up to do more…

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To Detect Insider Threats, Give Your Employees Channels to Report Them

Jan 15, 2021

On September 21st 2001, senior analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Ana Belén Montes was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States for the government of Cuba. Prosecutors alleged that her clandestine activities were directly responsible for an attack on U.S Army forces in El Salvador which led to the death of…

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Why the Government is Retiring JPAS for DISS, and What It Means

Dec 11, 2020

EDITORS NOTE as of 12/28/2020: DCSA has announced the extension of the transition period for JPAS to DISS (click here for more information).  As a result of the ongoing extension of the JPAS to DISS transition, Access Commander will continue to support JPAS until the transition has taken place. With the end of 2020 right…

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