Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Risk Management Process Training

ISC Training

Get the Best for Less!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Interagency Security Committee (ISC) provides continuously evolving guidance in the ISC Risk Management for Federal Facilities Guidelines.  All federal agencies are required to implement these guidelines.  Subsequently, the Government Accounting Office is actively assessing compliance. 

Is your agency compliant?  If not, ARA can help you. 

Training – ISC Implementation, a Practical Approach

ARA offers ISC implementation training: Theory meets Practice

ARA has been involved with the ISC from the beginning.  The ARA personnel who developed and deliver our training materials previously supported ISC training provided by OPM.    ARA has both the expansive policy knowledge required to implement and train the ISC standards, but we also have years of practical experience working with government agencies to implement ISC guidelines that have changed significantly over the years.  ARA trainers can provide a practitioners approach to implementation of the ISC guidelines.  Our experience helping agencies convert from security compliance to security risk management will be invaluable to your organization.  If your organization already has a security risk management process, we can work with you to determine if your process is already ISC compliant.  We can also provide guidance in areas where your program may need revision to meet ISC guidelines. 

ARA trainers have performed hundreds of security risk assessments for a wide range of federal government facilities.  This hands-on experience allows trainers to identify with trainees and can address a wide range of issues assessors typically encounter.  Our training is both theoretical and practical!

ARA training also comes with a tool to assist assessors to determine the level of risk from each ISC Design Basis Threat (DBT).  This tool, based on ARA’s ISC certified tool, FSR-Manager, utilizes a simple definition based assessment process that meets the ISC requirements of being defensible, credible and reproducible.

Another great advantage of ARA’s training is we provide great value at a lower cost!  Basically, you will get the best for less – you cannot beat that!

If you have questions about our training, please call one of the following ARA trainers:

Nancy Renfroe or Daniel Renfroe at 601-638-5401

Ken Colley at 571-814-2389

Training Consulting Compliance
We can teach you: We can help you: We can show you:
  • Risk Management Process
  • Policy Guidance
  • How to conduct/manage a Facility Security Committee
  • How to establish a Facility Security Level
  • How to determine appropriate level of Countermeasures
  • How to build out a Child Care Center
  • How and when to use "Intangibles"
  • Building a new facility and don’t know where to start with your ISC process
  • Renovating an existing facility
  • Swing space buildout
  • Moving to a new facility
  • Evaluating/Updating/Adding Security Countermeasures?
  • Conducting an Facility Security Assessment
  • Doing a Risk Assessment
  • Determining local Threat value
  • Reconciling UFC, ISC and CFR regulations
  • Is my agency, component, operating unit, suite or other facility ISC compliant?
  • “How do I become compliant?”
  • “What is compliance?”
  • How to establish an internal compliance program
  • How to use compliance data to manage your security program
  • How Cybersecurity and the ISC interrelate

Meet the Trainers

Mr. Kenneth Colley and ISC TrainingMr. Kenneth Colley is the Director of Technology Services for Applied Research Associates, Inc.  Mr. Colley has spent his entire career in technology, education, training, marketing communications, and product marketing. He most recently served as the primary training resource for the OISC under the Department of Justice. Prior to his experience with the ISC, Mr. Colley was Senior Manager of Professional Services at ObjectVideo where he led a team of trainers, professional services staff, customer care agents, and sales engineers in CCTV and physical security assessments.
Ms. Nancy A. Renfroe, PSP, BSCP an ISC TrainerMs. Nancy A. Renfroe, PSP, BSCP is the Director of Security Risk Management for Applied Research Associates, Inc. As a Security Specialist with over 25 years of experience in the areas of security risk management, emergency management, training, and  computer modeling, Ms.  Renfroe has trained hundreds of security professionals from both government and the private sector in the application of various security and emergency management methodologies to include the various ISC security standards.
Mr. James Brokaw, PE an ISC TrainerMr. James Brokaw, PE is a blast engineering consultant with over 20 years of experience. Mr. Brokaw has served as the lead blast consultant for numerous projects of national significance. Among these are the blast resistant designs of the US Mission to the United Nations, several US courthouses, numerous US embassies, and several national treasures including the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian Institution’s buildings on the National Mall.   Mr. Brokaw has developed blast related ISC requirements for numerous federal government projects since the initial ISC security criteria were released.

ISC Risk Management Process Course Registration

Register online:

The ISC materials are For Official Use Only.  Training must be approved and formalized in a letter from the agency supervisor authorizing attendance and the Need To Know.  Please download the appropriate form and send the signed form to isc@ara.com when you register for the class. Registration will not be completed until the signed authorization form has been received.

ISC Authorizing Template_Contractor_rev1.pdfISC Authorizing Template_Government_rev1.pdf

Training Dates and Locations

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Arlington, VA

3-Day Course for Federal & Contract Security Professionals

1-Day Course for Government Senior Level Executives & Professional Staff

1-Day Course for A/E & Real Estate Professionals

$1,499.00 per student

$450.00 per student

$450.00 per student

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2019 Training Dates

May 7-9

June 11-13

July 16-18

August 13-15

September 17-19

We also conduct agency or organization training courses. Contact us now to get it scheduled.

For questions or more information contact us by:

Email: isc@ara.com
Phone: 601-638-5401 ext. 216

*The fee is non-refundable except in the event ARA must reschedule or cancel a training course a refund will be issued.

ISC Risk Management Process Course Overview

3 Day Course for Federal & Contract Security Professionals:

Who should attend?  

Federal and Contract security professionals who establish they have physical security responsibilities for federal facilities. 

Course Covers:

  • History of the ISC
  • Authority of the ISC
  • Authority to use Risk Management Process (RMP)
  • How to read, use and understand the RMP documents
  • Review of the RMP
  • How to establish an Facility Security Level (FSL)
  • How a Facility Security Committee (FSC) works
  • How to use the Design Basis Threat (DBT)
  • How to determine Risk
  • How to establish facility specific countermeasures
  • Review of the 5 Levels of Protection (LOP)
  • How to establish each LOP
  • Practical Exercise
    • Establish an FSL
    • Determine Risk
    • Determine Countermeasures
  • Final Exam – Graded, must score at least 80% to pass

 

1-Day Courses for Government Senior Level Executives & Professional Staff

Who should attend?

Senior level federal executives that have decision authority for federal facilities (Chief Security Officer).  Government real-estate professionals that manage federal facilities.  Financial Officers that work in and with their agency/department budget process.  Office of General Counsel legal advisors that assist with legal reviews for federal facility security decisions.  Contracting Officers that assist with procurement of security features and hardware.  Facilities Management professionals that manage the daily functions of commercial office space. 

Course Covers:

  • History of the Interagency Security Committee (ISC)
  • Authority of the ISC
  • Authority to use Risk Management Process (RMP)
  • Review of RMP documents
  • Review of the Risk Management Process
  • What is a Facility Security Level (FSL) and how it is determined
  • How an Facility Security Committee (FSC) works
  • Review of the 5 Levels of Protection (LOP)
  • What is Risk?
    • How Risk is determined
    • How Risk is measured
    • How a countermeasure is determined
    • How to measure program effectiveness
    • How to determine security program ROI 
  • What is a Risk Mitigation Strategy?
    • How to select an Agency wide Risk Mitigation Strategy
  • How to determine out year security budgets

1-Day Courses for A/E & Real Estate Professionals

Who should attend?

Architecture and Engineering professionals who design and build government owned or leased office space. Real-estate professionals who develop and/or manage federally occupied facilities. 

Course Covers:

  • History of the Interagency Security Committee (ISC)
  • Authority of the ISC
  • Authority to use Risk Management Process (RMP)
  • Review of RMP documents
  • Review of the Risk Management Process
  • What is a Facility Security Level (FSL) and how it is determined
  • How a Facility Security Committee (FSC) works
  • Review of the 5 Levels of Protection (LOP)
  • What is Risk?
    • How Risk is determined
    • How Risk is measured
    • How a countermeasure is determined
    • How to measure program effectiveness
    • How to determine security program ROI
  • What is a Risk Mitigation Strategy?
    • How to incorporate an Agency-wide Risk Mitigation Strategy in a new or renovated facility
    • Understand the mitigation options available to address site specific issues
    • Understand the Government’s motivation for requesting security upgrades in a leased facility and anticipate the cost sharing expectations
  • How to determine the appropriate credentials for your design team

Physical/Cyber Security Course Registration

ARA is pleased to announce the first ever Physical/Cyber Security 101 course.  This course is for the Physical Security Professional who wants to learn how Physical Security is impacted by the Cyber Security governance.  

This course is offered in both classroom and webinar formats. If you are interested in setting up a Webinar for this topic, please contact isc@ara.com for scheduling and course fee.

Register Online:

Some topics covered in this course are For Official Use Only.  Training must be approved and formalized in a letter from the agency supervisor authorizing attendance and the Need To Know.  Please download the appropriate form below and send the signed form to isc@ara.com when you register for the class. Registration will not be completed until the signed authorization form has been received.

ISC Authorizing Template_Government_rev1.pdf

ISC Authorizing Template_Contractor_rev1.pdf

Training Dates and Locations

Click the dates below to register for the training class.

Arlington, VA

1-Day Course for Physical Security Professionals

$450.00 per student
 

2018 Training Dates

January 17

February 21

March 14

April 18

Course covers:

  •  Authority for Cyber Security
  • NIST Special Publications
  • Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)
  • Risk Management Framework
  • Cyber Security Life Cycle
  • Tiers of Cyber Security
  • Impact to Physical Security assets in the Cyber world
  • Management of Physical Security assets in the Cyber world
  • Impact to Physical Security staff in the Cyber world

Contact isc@ara.com for scheduling and course fee to set up a training class for your organization.

*The fee is non-refundable except in the event ARA must reschedule or cancel a training course a refund will be issued.