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National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)

National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)

Incorporating Change 2, May 18, 2016

The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) is Not Just For Security Managers; It’s for Everyone.


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DoD 5220.22-M better known as National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) provides baseline standards for the protection of classified information released or disclosed to industry in connection with classified contracts under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).

This Manual is issued in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). It prescribes the requirements, restrictions, and other safeguards to prevent unauthorized disclosure of classified information. The Manual controls the authorized disclosure of classified information released by U.S. Government Executive Branch Departments and Agencies to their contractors. It also prescribes the procedures, requirements, restrictions, and other safeguards to protect special classes of classified information, including Restricted Data (RD), Formerly Restricted Data (FRD), intelligence sources and methods information, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), and Special Access Program (SAP) information. These procedures are applicable to licensees, grantees, and certificate holders to the extent legally and practically possible within the constraints of applicable law and the Code of Federal Regulations.

It’s not just for the FSO. Every Cleared employee should have a copy. Red Bike Publishing has published a book store quality NISPOM. A sleek new professionally designed cover adorns our product. Most companies print their own NISPOMs which sometimes yields poor quality and a hard to read product. Red Bike Publishing has added a professional edge to the NISPOM for about the same as it costs to print your own. Our publisher quality books have crisp writing that is refreshing to read. Your cleared employees may actually spend more time reading this.

Long gone is my big and bulky 3 ring binder.  This book (NISPOM) takes up a fraction of the room on your desk, and is portable enough to take to any security meeting.
–Jackie Tippins, ISP

Red Bike Publishing understands that the NISPOM is available online. However, if you want to avoid paper jams, double sided printing, hole punching, and binding, consider getting our book store quality product for a professional appearance.

Purchase from Red Bike Publishing for full retail or for tremendous discounts.

NISPOM addresses a cleared contractor’s responsibilities:

    • Security Clearances
    • Required Training and Briefings
    • Classification and Markings
    • Safeguarding Classified Information
    • Visits and Meetings
    • Subcontracting
    • Information System Security
    • Special Requirements
    • International Security Requirements
    • and much more

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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

Initial Security Training

Annual Refresher Training

Derivative Classifier Training

International Traffic In Arms Regulation ITAR



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Large NISPOM $19.95
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230 Pages
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238 Pages
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