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ISP Certification Study Guide

ISP Certification Study Guide

Updated with information from NISPOM Incorporating Change 2, May 18, 2016

The security industry is booming and defense industry security specialists are benefiting. Departments of Defense, Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Central Intelligence Agency and many other Federal and supporting contractors are in great need of experienced and qualified security specialists, managers and Facility Security Officers. As the industry becomes more demanding and positions more competitive, today’s security specialists need to be on top of their game.

This may be helpful as a supplement to certification studies. At the very least, it can prepare professionals better protect classified information under their care. We believe the certification process is just a stepping stone and not an end to a means. In fact, it’s just part of a plan to help you become more influential. Being technically proficient is great, but building influence and commanding respect is more important. This book will help you make the move from being an administrator to becoming the “go to” security manager.

The opening chapters demonstrate the importance of building networks, getting professional and academic education, and finding mentors. Credibility is key to influence and learning from others in the industry helps you build confidence in your decisions and capabilities. We also provide ideas for those of you who perform very few of the security functions identified in NISPOM. Our helpful hints increase experience and confidence and provide ideas for hands on training. You can also join our newsletter for updates, security awareness ideas, and NISPOM topics. For up to date ideas, visit our blog


You can order our print books directly from us or from the links at the bottom of this page. 

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This book is designed to give practice questions to those who are eligible to take the certifications such as the Industrial Security Professional (ISP) and Security Professional Education Development (SPeD) certifications. These professionals have spent over five years protecting classified information and know their way around the NISPOM. We provide this book with the understanding that it will assist with ISP Certification exam studies, but should not to be used as a standalone product. Our intention is to compliment career experience and NISPOM guidance. Also, all security and compliance related issues that an organization may face should be pursued with the Cognizant Security Agency, Government Contracting Activity or other applicable federal agencies and legal activities.

This book is meant to compliment the federal regulations and executive orders bringing about the National Industrial Security Program. It is also designed to help the reader draw from experience and suggests ways to study for and take certification exams. Those who are new to the field can use this as a study guide. However, in all cases this is not a guaranteed single source option for passing the exam. The author’s intent is to present practice questions to prepare you for the test experience and not to suggest actual questions that may be found in any certification exam. We do not know what those questions may be.

We have made every effort to make this manual as accurate and complete as possible. It has been written by an ISP and SPeD certified author and has been reviewed and edited by some of the most experienced Facility Security Officers and ISP’s in the business.

Sample Questions:

1. Contractors must obtain _____ approval before installing Intrusion Detection Systems.

a.  CSS

b. CSA

c. GCA

d. GSA

e. DIA

2.  Some categories for IS can be protected with _____ controls :

a. Additional

b. Compensating

c. Prescribed

d. Protective

e. Special

3. Open bin storage is not allowed for _____:





e. A and b


Red Bike Publishing’s Unofficial Study Guide gives you insight into test taking and has 4 full length ISP Certification practice exams.

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“As most others I am a seasoned FSO. However, based on research I did, once I decided to take the ISP Exam I quickly learned to not take it cold. I got my workbook from NCMS and researched what other tools are out there to better help prepare me for the exam. I quickly discovered Mr. Bennett’s ISP certification manual and after reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews I knew this would be well worth the money!”


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If you’ve put off the exam, why wait any longer. If you’ve avoided studying, You are not alone.Now you have a reason to re-start.

If you meet the minimum skills and experience required to take the exam may already prepared intellectually. You just need the extra confidence building boost given through practice sessions.

It’s true, those who have bought our books and used our techniques to augment their preparation have performed very well. See our testimonials page for their stories.

“After receiving this book, I quickly skimmed through it prior to sitting down for a close study. My initial reaction was to wonder just how much information I could learn based on the fact that most of the book was dedicated to practice tests. When I finally took the time to sit down and read it, I was surprised at just how much information it contains. The book tells you how to prepare, to include learning all security disciplines, how to manage your time, and how to study the NISPOM. The practice tests are a great opportunity to time yourself, and help to identify areas of weakness. I truly recommend this book for anyone considering the ISP Certification… it is a great tool to have!”

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“I’ve ordered a few of your products, to include the ISP manual and flash cards.  I wanted you to know that I took the ISP exam this morning and passed!  Your products were very helpful.”  

This study system offers easy to understand career advice and provides a study system designed to help industrial security professionals and Government security specialists understand the NISPOM and Presidential Executive Orders implementing the National Industrial Security Program. Industrial security professionals serving in the government, private or DoD Contractor industry can benefit from the study. Situations and questions throughout the book are designed to help improve your understanding of the NISPOM. In fact, many Facility Security Officers and industrial security professionals face similar situations as they help to safeguard our nation’s secrets. This is the only product of its kind providing four practice tests, practical advice for security professionals and improved fundamental NISPOM knowledge. Red Bike Publishing’s Guide to ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual will both help prepare you for the test and provide career enhancing training to best meet the needs of our government security specialists and industrial security professionals. 

Why do you need this book?

The following most recent security job postings tell the story: “Must have CPP or ISP certification” and “Certification as a CPP or ISP preferred.” 

“Right on target! Jeffrey Bennett’s exam manual is the perfect supplement to the NISPOM for anyone preparing to take the Industrial Security Professional certification exam. The approach is clear and easy to use. It’s definitely worth the price and more.”–William H. Henderson, author, Security Clearance Manual.


“If you make the investment in ISP Certification – The Industrial Security ProfessionalExam Manual or How to Prepare for and Pass the Industrial Security Professional Certification Exam by Jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP and you think the test questions are the same, you are out of luck. But test taking is a lot like sports; his book was a great practice tool for the“game conditions” (especially the fact that two hours goes by extremely fast).” Pete Short ISP, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Broomfield, CO. 

Practice tests may also be helpful to those taking the SPeD certification. This is an incredible resource for ISP Certification and any other security training.    

 So, are you ready to jump start your preparation?

Just to reemphasize, you know the business of implementing and overseeing a security program for protecting classified material. All we want to do is give you a concentrated study method to help you prepare for the exam. You concentrate on your career, while we design your study plan. Why should you earn certification?

  • Certification identified in Executive Order 13434, National Security Professional Development
  • Certifications can help increase earnings 60% (ASIS Study)
  • The industry values certification

  Great value    

  • More than 400 questions with answers (Four Tests)
  • Practical advice for security professionals

Perhaps you feel that the certification is not for you.

Did you know the Department of Defense is recognizing certification and also requiring its employees to take on similar certification? Defense contractors are requiring certification for new hires in Human Resources, program management, accounting, and other business units for years. Now, they are looking for leaders in industrial security have board certification.

Perhaps you feel this is too much for a study guide.

Compared to other certifications and business standards, our price is just about right. Similar ISP certification study guides and programs cost the same, but none offer the volume of questions. This is an investment that can help you get certified and possibly command a larger salary. You may be able to earn this investment back many times over.  

“Excellent book for security professionals looking to enhance their Industrial Security Skills and Knowledge. The ISP Certification Exam Manual is also a must for ISP exam applicants.”–Gregory Kucharewski, Security Manager  

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We can’t promise you’ll pass the test, but we can promise you will study the right material. Again, before you leave our site, why not sign up for our newsletter. We offer free questions from our exam book as well as great career tips and NISPOM information for FSOs and those who protect classified information.  

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Other books you might consider for performing under classified contracts. The FSO certification library:

DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook

Insider’s Guide to Security Clearances

ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual

NISPOM Training

International Traffic In Arms Regulation ITAR

National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual NISPOM


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You might already be aware that our products are not owned by nor endorsed by NCMS, but rather created independently by Red Bike Publishing. We want nothing more than to provide quality study material.  However, to avoid confusing NCMS members, we are applying NCMS recommended language… Red Bike Publishing is a for profit company and is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by NCMS, a 501(c) non-profit organization. Any reference to “NCMS” or “ISP” products, processes, service or the use of the registered “NCMS” mark and/or registered “ISP” certification mark does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of Red Bike Publishing or its materials by NCMS This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information with regards to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a qualified professional person should be sought. Many of the designations used by organizations related to information security to distinguish their products are claimed as trademarks. Product, brand, and organizational names used in this book may be trade names, service marks, or trademarks of parties other than the author or Red Bike Publishing. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Where designations appear in this book and Red Bike Publishing was aware of a trademark claim associated with the designation, the designations have been printed in an initial capital letters. All such names and designations are used in an editorial manner without any intent to convey or suggest endorsement or any other affiliation between the other parties and this product. Neither the publisher nor the author intend to express any judgment as the validity or legal status of any claimed trade names, trade dress, service marks, or trademarks made by any other party. The fact that an organization is referred to in this work as a citation or a potential source of further information does not mean that the author or publisher endorses the organization or the information or products of such organization. “ISP” and “NCMS” are registered trademarks of NCMS, Inc. NCMS, Inc. was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. Red Bike Publishing is not affiliated with NCMS, Inc.

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