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  1. Update on Industrial Security Professional (ISP) Exam Prep Program William L. Uttenweiler, ISP Lead Mentor, ISP Exam Prep Program The Aerospace Corporation, Cape Canaveral AFS, FL

  2. Industrial Security Professionals (ISPs) • Program requirements • 5 years’ experience (can be part-time if >10% of duties) • Pass exam • 110 questions (100 “core” plus 5 each on 2 electives – counterintelligence, COMSEC/TEMPEST, intellectual property, OPSEC) • 2 hours long; open book • Recommended by boss or NCMS National Director • Subscribe to high ethical standards • 120 currently certified world-wide

  3. ISP: Why Earn a Certification? • The ISP program provides a high-level baseline for the knowledge required of an Industrial Security FSO with at least five years of experience; • It certifies that the holder of the ISP has the requisite knowledge of the NISPOM and other related directives used by the average FSO on a daily basis; • It demonstrates on the part of the ISP a degree of professionalism and willingness to go the extra yard to develop professionally; • It demonstrates a certain degree of confidence and willingness to take a risk (of flunking the certification exam in this case); • It implies that the ISP has the academic and intellectual skills to not only perform as an FSO but also to develop further as a security professional; • It puts a company that has ISP's on their staff in a stronger position for contract bids and re-bids in the area of security; & • It provides a FSO with an ISP added credibility when dealing with DSS representatives

  4. ISP On-Line Resources • NCMS web site contains links http://www.ncms-isp.org/ • Certification Booklet • Application Form • ISP Code of Ethics • Test References & Sources • Frequently Asked Questions • List of Current ISPs

  5. ISP Exam Preparation Program • NCMS Board of Directors sponsors • ISP Committee (co-Chairs: Priscilla Crawford, ISP, & Barbara Taylor, ISP)

  6. ISP Exam Preparation Program • Prep program purpose • Develop better security professionals conducting comprehensive training on fundamentals like the NISPOM, ISLs, OPSEC, CI, etc. • Assist those who do not have local ISPs to be their “mentors” • Encourage “unsure” candidates that they can complete appropriate preparation for the exam • “Cooperate & Graduate”

  7. ISP Exam Preparation Program • Overview • Students will obtain materials & study in advance of the telecons • Telecons with mentors & other candidates to answer questions, help pace the preparation, etc. • ~1 hour long each • Materials • Workbook to help candidates’ review of NISPOM & other materials • Electronic copies of key references (NISPOM, ISLs, etc.)

  8. ISP Exam Preparation Program • Mentors • All are current ISPs • 2-person Mentor teams will provide a variety of experiences/viewpoints • Timeline • Round #3 to start in March 2007 • March – June 2007: One telecon every week or two • Concludes in time for Candidates to test at the National Training Seminar in Reno NV or on-line before summertime

  9. ISP Exam Preparation Program • Lesson strategy • Lesson #1 - get started, go over "Test Tips" article for information/techniques/tips, evaluate class size, etc. • Lesson #2 - #10 - cover about 10% of the NISPOM in each session • Lesson #11 - look up practice (5 questions w/paper NISPOM, 5 questions w/electronic search of the NISPOM in PDF), last minute questions, wrap-up

  10. ISP Exam Preparation Program • Most recently concluded round (Round #2) • 125 Candidates signed up • Concluded in November 2006 in time for candidates to test before the holidays • http://www.ncms-isp.org/downloads.html • Links to 2006 NISPOM annotated with ISLs, Chapter 8 introductory briefing, JPAS/e-QIP study materials, etc.

  11. ISP Exam Preparation Program • New during Round #2 • At least 1 session per call was recorded • Available for a week by phone (toll call) from FreeConferenceCall.Com • .WAV file downloaded and posted on the Frequently Asked Questions web page, accessible until exam based on February 2006 NISPOM is introduced

  12. ISP Exam Preparation Program • Next round (Round #3) • Will follow same format as Round #2 • Will prepare Candidates for updated ISP Exam on the February 2006 NISPOM, which will be implemented some time around May 2007 • Starts in early March 2007; concludes in early June 2007 • To sign up (registrations now open) or get more information, contact the ISP Lead Mentor Team • E-mail: ISP_Mentor@hotmail.com

  13. Final Comments on ISP Exam • Available “on paper” at NCMS Annual National Training Seminar in Reno NV in June 2007 • Available on-line 24/7 • Exam isn’t easy but you will pass if you • Pay attention to test discipline (110 answers in 120 minutes) • Prepare well in advance (self-study, Prep Program, another way?)

  14. Any More Questions?