Ask any FSO, and they’ll tell you that in order to have a successful business in national security, you have need a solid security program. However, it’s challenging to have changing acronyms, systems, and threats to track. Ongoing training is essential if you want to stay in-the-know as an FSO. While it’s sometimes hard to get training approved, it’s not an option to skip updates on NISPOM requirements or intel from government leaders. Ignorance isn’t a valid argument for any failure to meet program compliance requirements. If you play a role in your organization’s security program, the National Security Institute (NSI) Impact seminar will help you stay current and keep your organization in the clear.

What to Expect at NSI Impact 2023

Next week (April 17-19), you can join me in getting the latest security information you need at NSI’s Impact ’23. From NISP requirements to defense industrial base (DIB) threats to ways to strengthen your security program, expect to walk away with key nuggets of information that will improve your organization’s security program. Check out  the agenda and speakers here.

NSI’s Stephen Burns Jr. shared with us, “The men and women who are responsible for security of course need to hear from DCSA and we provide plenty of opportunities to engage, including time with Director Lietzau, but they also want to learn from colleagues who do the job and have a deep understanding of what works on the ground. That’s why we’re very excited about this year’s breakout sessions on insider threats and security awareness, which will feature leaders from Boeing, L3Harris, RAND,  MIT Lincoln Labs, and others. In addition to updates on evolving requirements, NISP-relevant systems like NBIS and programs like TW2.0, what we hear from our clients is a real hunger for skills and know-how that will help them gain traction with colleagues and leadership outside the security function, how to partner and be seen as a value-add to the business, not a hindrance. The panel discussion on how security can effectively collaborate across functions is going to be fantastic. I’m looking forward to the pearls of wisdom we’ll get from Charlie Phalen, Mary Rose McCaffrey and others on the panel on this important know-how issue.”

Staying ahead of Emerging Threats

We benefit from others in the industry, and it’s a factor in fighting against insider threats and future attacks. Collaboration with others is important in growing and maintaining our edge in national security. From DoD leaks to cyber breaches, the threats are persistent. And the FSO needs to be in the know about it all.

Some of the nation’s top counterintelligence and security officials, as well as,  security experts will be at NSI Impact ’23. Burns shared that “Nicholas Eftimiades from Penn State will offer important insights into the growing threat from China, and Dr. Shayla Treadwell will discuss how to mitigate ”unintentional” insider threats.” Both topics are important in the current threat landscape. 

Don’t miss out on a chance to see make sure you’re up to speed on all things security. And who knows. Maybe this year, we’ll answer all the CUI and CMMC questions out there.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.