ISOC

The Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) is ideal for DoD, Industry, and federal members under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). The ISOC was accredited by NCCA in November 2017.

The ISOC assesses foundational knowledge in the following competencies:

  • Industrial Security Basics
  • Security Reviews and Inspections
  • Security Systems and Requirements

ISOC Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs)

Experience Checkup

Through a series of probing questions, the Experience Checkup helps you evaluate your level of experience in topic areas covered in the ISOC and determine your base of understanding. Print or Download the PDF. Review each statement (activity) and decide "How often", "When", and "How confident are you that you possess the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform the activity." Note your experience levels on the printed or saved "Experience Checkup" file. If your confidence is low and you don’t often perform the activity then this is an area you should consider learning more about.

Knowledge Checkup

The Knowledge Checkup consists of a series of short-answer questions in each ISOC area of expertise. It also includes an associated answer key describing the complete answer to each question. Print or Download the PDF. Review each question and decide what you think the answer is to the questions posed. Since the answer is provided on the PDF try to hide it for each question until you supply your answer. You can then reveal the master answer and compare yours. The questions you miss are potential areas for your first phase of additional studying. Study the areas from the questions you got correct in your second phase of review.

Example Questions

The Example Questions presents examples of the type of questions found on the ISOC assessment and identifies the number of questions on each topic. Additionally, the layout is designed to simulate the look, feel, and function of the assessment. Print or Download the PDF. Review each question and select the correct answer from the "Distractors" column. Since the answer is provided on the PDF try to hide it for each question until you select your answer. You can then reveal the master answer and compare your selection. The questions you miss are potential areas for your first phase of additional studying. Study the areas from the questions you got correct in your second phase of review.

Areas of Expertise

The ISOC assessment measures your understanding of industrial security skills in implementing the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), as well as your ability to perform other industrial security functions, including facility security and conducting facility surveys and inspections. Although your current work may primarily be in one of the core security disciplines (i.e., information, personnel, physical, industrial, or general security), the practice analysis performed by DoD demonstrates the importance of having awareness and a fundamental knowledge across the core disciplines and the ability to perform industrial security oversight functions. The Areas of Expertise (AOEs) were identified during the practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the ISOC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

Each AOE topic area ("Industrial Security Basics", "Security Review and Inspection", and "Security Systems and Requirements".) can be found in the CDSE course catalog. The link will get you to the Industrial Security courses and curriculum. You can review course descriptions to determine if an AOE topic area is included in the course. An alternative and faster method for finding AOE topic areas is to download the Student Guide (PDF) for a course and perform a search for the topic. Student Guides can be located on STEPP.

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