ARCHIVED – Chapter 12 - Security education

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1200. General

  1. To ensure proper security in the organization, the company security officer (CSO) works closely with management, from the top down, to conduct a security education program. Inadequate security may result in the loss of an organization's facility security clearance (FSC) and the cancellation of contracts involving protected or classified information and assets
  2. The CSO and security staff are not the only ones responsible for an organization's security. Managers and supervisors, at all levels, are responsible for their own personal security measures in addition to ensuring that proper security procedures are followed by all employees in the organization. It is recommended that performance assessments include a measure of the individual's security effectiveness, just as they include other organizational assessments
  3. An initial security briefing, reinforced by an ongoing security education and awareness program, is essential to the maintenance of an effective security program. Ultimately, the success of a security program depends on the employees of the organization. All of the procedures, regulations and physical safeguards will be of little use if employees are not fully aware of their individual responsibilities and the importance of the security requirements, along with the necessity for these security requirements
  4. The Security screening certificate and briefing form which each person reads and signs upon receiving their reliability status or personnel security clearance(PSC), is an acknowledgement of their responsibilities. It must be accompanied by a briefing from the CSO, which details the individual's specific responsibilities and duties, relative to security in the facility
  5. An ongoing security education and awareness program may encompass many forms of instruction including, but not limited to:
    1. general briefings to all employees
    2. smaller, group briefings
    3. movies/videos
    4. articles in an organization's newsletter(s)
    5. security bulletins
    6. posters
  6. Assistance with training sessions is available from Public Services and Procurement Canada's (PSPC)'s Contract Security Program (CSP)
  7. Periodic sessions with small, work-related groups, where the material is tailored to the needs of the group, can be particularly effective. The small group fosters greater attentiveness and stimulates participation by all present
  8. New employees, even though not yet security-screened and therefore prohibited from access to protected/classified information and assets, should be given a security briefing appropriate to their duties. Security in the private sector includes the requirements for corporate security, as well as the safeguarding of government protected and classified information and assets

1201. Suggested security briefing content

Each organization's security education and awareness program must be tailored to the situation and needs of the specific facility and include references to security orders as appropriate (refer to ARCHIVED - Chapter 1, Annex 1-C of this manual).

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