There are four directorates that support the mission and vision of DSS, also known as the operational elements, which are:
- Industrial Security Field Operations (ISFO)
- Industrial Policies and Programs (IP)
- Counterintelligence (CI)
- Security Education, Training and Awareness (SETA)
Industrial Security Field Operations (IO) consists of: Industrial Security Representatives (ISR) as well as Information Security System Professionals (ISSP). ISRs at DSS are the primary interface between the U.S. Government and industry, and interact with their industry counterparts on a daily basis. They provide oversight, advice, and assistance, ultimately determining the ability of those companies to protect classified information. ISSPs certify and accredit information technology (IT) systems in industry that are processing classified information. ISSPs are challenged to stay current with the latest technological developments in information security, and are exposed to advanced technologies, playing a major role in identifying potential threats and intrusions on IT systems.
Industrial Policy & Programs (IP) provides headquarters support to the field operations and cleared industry in the areas of industrial and personnel security policy, mitigation of Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI), implementation of FOCI countermeasures, and administration of international programs. FOCI professionals work with experts in security, finance, business structures, and governance identifying, recording, and analyzing foreign investment in U.S. companies performing classified work. IP also coordinates with senior members of foreign, civilian and military organizations, who represent more than 65 foreign governments that are signatories of Bilateral Security Agreements, for the timely and secure international movement of both U.S. and foreign classified information.
The Counterintelligence (CI) directorate provides direct support to the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), the SETA program, and the Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives (AA&E) program. CI professionals are highly respected in the Intelligence Community. As a CI professional, you will make a significant contribution in keeping sensitive and classified information and technologies out of the hands of our nation's adversaries.
The Security Education, Training & Awareness (SETA) directorate provides security education and training to security professionals throughout the Intelligence Community through its Center for Development of Security Excellence. The Center provides classroom and web-based training and is committed to providing and developing state-of-the-art training to the Department of Defense that can be accessed anytime or anywhere.