Congratulations to our President, Tanya Matthews, for being elected to the 58th Board of Directors for The Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS). Tanya serves as National Treasurer as well as serving as the Chairman of the ISP® Accreditation Committee.

 

NCMS is a non-profit, professional security society. For over 50 years, NCMS has provided building blocks in the development of security professionals through in-depth training, mentoring, and certification; as well as offering industry a voice at the national security policy level. In fact, no other professional association matches NCMS’ specific offerings or the return on investment for member benefits in the national security arena.

 

NCMS was founded in 1964 by a group of government and industry security classification managers and administrators who recognized the importance of establishing a society, national in scope, to advance the practice of Classification Management as a profession.

 

Today, the Society has almost 7,000 members in the United States and overseas including representatives from NATO countries. Within the U.S., members come from the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of State, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, General Accounting Office–virtually every Federal agency that deals with classification–and from the civilian contractors who work with these agencies. As the Society has grown over the years, its focus has also expanded. NCMS now provides professional development for its members in the field of classification management, information security, personnel security, computer security, operations security (OPSEC), facility security, and technology security.

 

NCMS has over 60 local chapters throughout the United States.

 

The intent of the ISP® designation is to award professional certification and recognition to qualified candidates who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities their profession demands. The basis for the examination is primarily the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), the supplements, and other information security concomitant rules and regulations, including operations security, proprietary information, Executive Orders, etc. Successfully completing the examination signifies the overall competence of the candidate on NISPOM requirements. Tanya earned her ISP® certification after four years of studying for the exam. She draws on this experience now as she serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee nationally.

Below: NCMS Outgoing President, Cathe Kaohi, ISP® administers the oath to the incoming national officers – from left: Tanya Matthews, ISP® (Treasurer), Trish Brokenik, ISP® (Secretary), Darci Fisher, ISP® (Vice President), and Lynn Burns, ISP® (President)