We are continuing our analysis of the DSS’ The Self-Inspection Handbook for NISP Contractors to determine requirements and best practices for meeting them.
Since Section M has multiple inspection points, we have broken them up into individual articles. This update addresses using warning signs and inspections to ensure authorized introduction and removal of classified information.
Question 5-103: Are signs posted at all entries and exits warning that anyone entering or departing is subject to an inspection of their personal effects?
NISPOM 5-103 states “…The fact that persons who enter or depart the facility are subject to an inspection of their personal effects shall be conspicuously posted at all pertinent entries and exits.”
Security through Denial, Deterrence, and Detection
Next, filter the flow of visitors. A follow on method of controlling the introduction of classified information is to restrict or direct the flow of visitor traffic into and out of the cleared facility. Cleared facilities may have multiple entry points and visitors should have access to only designated entry points. To help with maintaining control of the classified environment, FSO’s can employ information technology or human controls to direct pedestrian traffic into their facility. Access controls with biometric, pin card or data card access provide an excellent opportunity to flow all traffic through an authorized area.
Document Compliance and Best Practices
For more information, see DoD Security Clearance and Contracts Guidebook.
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