National Industrial Security Program

Welcome to the National Industrial Security Program section of the ORS website.  The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) was established by Executive Order 12829 (January 1993) to ensure that cleared U.S. defense industry safeguards the classified information in their possession while performing work on contracts, programs, bids, or research and development efforts.

The Defense Security Service (DSS) administers the NISP on behalf of the Department of Defense and 30 other federal agencies.  To have access to U.S. classified information and participate in the NISP, a facility - a designated operating entity in private industry or at a college/university - must have a legitimate need for access to classified information in connection with a U.S. Government or foreign government requirement.

Mississippi State University (MSU) is a member of the NISP since its establishment in 1993.  MSU has a long history of working on U.S. Government classified projects dating to the 1950’s.

This website should provide all of the information that you may need about the NISP.  For further assistance, please contact the Office of Research Security.