Industrial Security Integrators (IsI) provides Government and Industry clients with cost-effective and comprehensive options for full-service infrastructure solutions. IsI streamlines the entire security needs of the U.S Government and Contractor Community into a single platform—facilitating the management of their day-to-day National Security Program.
IsI specializes in Managed Security Services while offering additional consulting with E-FCL Package Submission, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF’s), Closed Areas, high-security rooms, and server room Construction Plans.
Also, IsI’s Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) fingerprinting services are well recognized in the Industry. It has resulted in a 99 percent success rate with all fingerprint submissions to the Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). IsI provides more than 60 percent of all digital fingerprints being submitted to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Managed Security Services
IsI’s team of Certified Facility Security Officers (FSOs) are well-versed in all aspects of Industrial Security, compliance, and management of day-to-day security operations. Each client is initially assigned to the IsI Compliance Team for analysis and evaluation of their existing security program. Once the requirements are established, the client is then assigned a team of people through a helpdesk to provide support by phone and/or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Policies and procedures are the backbones of a sound security program. IsI defines solutions, identifies and corrects security issues, develops and implements corporate policies and procedures to include Standard Practice & Procedures (SPP), Operational Security (OPSEC) Plans, and Operational Policies for client specific requirements and needs. IsI support includes but is not limited to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), Director of Central Intelligence Directives (DCID), Intelligence Community Directives (ICD), and other Government and firm security policies and procedures.
EFCL Package Submissions
IsI specializes in working with companies to help them obtain their initial Facility Security Clearance (FCL). This is a highly critical item, as companies rely on IsI to provide this service to them in order to establish their footprint in the DoD space and to begin supporting classified contracts issued by the Federal Government. The FCL process is extremely labor intensive and can often be delayed significantly if not handled by a team of security professionals. IsI has a proven track record of helping companies obtain their FCL in an expeditious manner and without delays. This is a paramount service that IsI offers, as companies are often awaiting their FCL to be issued by the Federal Government before they can start generating a revenue stream from classified contracts they have been awarded.
SCIF & Closed Area Services
IsI can supervise and manage construction of SCIFs and Closed Areas along with working with the Defense Security Service (DSS) and various agencies for accreditation, as well as assist in developing security budgets and consultation on staffing and security project requirements.
Brilliant Duo of Industrial Security Integrators
Paul J. Cella, the CEO and Jeanne A. Travis, the President of Industrial Security Integrators. While still being employed with other companies, Paul along with Jeanne began supporting a handful of clients starting with the application commencement for FCL’s required to work on classified Government Programs. The initiative, which started in Paul’s basement, soon witnessed both its pioneers completely dedicating themselves to growing IsI into the company it is today.
Paul has almost 20 years of experience with the highest levels of security operations beginning his career in intelligence with the United States Marine Corps. After his career with the Marine Corps, he worked as the Director of Security for many organizations both large and small. Paul’s firsthand knowledge in Federal guidelines, defense contracting, finance, NISPOM, DCIDs, ICDs, Foreign Ownership Control or Interest (FOCI), Internal Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Defense Control Audit Agency (DCAA), and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance is unmatched and has been integral to IsI’s success.
In 2010, Paul identified a need for specialized subject matter expertise in the field of Industrial Security. Bringing together his years of experience and vision for the ever-changing needs of companies working with the Federal Government, Paul founded IsI with a cross-functional team of security, infrastructure, and technical experts.
Jeanne is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company by working with the Executive Management Team to establish short and long-term goals and objectives. She is also responsible for communicating and implementing IsI’s vision, mission, and overall direction.
Jeanne guides the direction on a level that includes and ensures that every member of IsI is a part of something bigger than their role and that their role is strategically important. Jeanne achieves this by providing professional and personal growth with emphasis on individual opportunities.
Distinctive Strategies of IsI
In view of the recent developments, IsI, in partnership with Evans and Chambers Technology, has developed a state-of-the-art managed security service software called ‘Security Control’ that allows all the Defense and Intelligence Community Contractors to manage their security program while remaining in compliance with the DoD regulation. IsI’s software streamlines clearance processing, visitor control, document control, reporting requirements, and insider threats.
Safeguarding the Critical Data
The visionary and leader of IsI, Paul believes in benefiting from advancements in IT and application hosting to increase the effectiveness and speed of security programs. To achieve this, IsI is utilizing cloud technology while maintaining compliance with the Government’s top security standards. Additionally, the company is implementing the highest levels of encryption in transit and at rest to effectively reduce the risk of a data breach as demonstrated by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). IsI’s software further uses multiple encryption keys to compartmentalize data ensuring that there can never be a full data breach.
Benefit for Clients
The end goal for IsI is to transition the entire United States Government and Contractor Community to a streamlined, single platform, to manage their day-to-day National Security Program. This concept will allow for effective management of all insider threats, counterintelligence concerns, to be shared across the Intelligence Community, while reducing the risk of loss or compromise of classified materials.
With a focus on core competency, IsI remains dedicated to providing all services as it pertains to protecting Classified Materials and National Security.
Employing a FSO or Security Team can be expensive and frustrating when spending more time than desired on non-revenue generating activities. IsI’s team of security professionals provides the necessary support to manage small to large security programs at a fraction of the cost. IsI allows their clients to reallocate both time and money that can be dedicated to growing and maintaining the business during this time of ever-changing security requirements.
Inspiring Journey of IsI
For any startup, there are many general hindrances or difficulties that can be very big hurdles to overcome. Issues that arose in the beginning for IsI, in no specific order:
- Researching and soliciting new clientele to enroll in service. This revenue generation helped get the business off the ground. IsI offered their clients additional contract discounts in return for enhanced payment terms, whether it was shorter NET days or payment type (ACH, Credit Card, and Direct Deposit). This eliminated paper, the past due status, or slow pay of any clients.
- With a small budget in the beginning, an office space was not in the cards. When established, the Company started in Paul’s basement. Once the Company was starting to grow and adding supplementary staff members, it proved troublesome with the lack of space and privacy for phone calls, and holding client meetings. As of December 2017, IsI will occupy a 15,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility.
- A lot of the battles in the Government and more specifically Congress these days seem to be with healthcare. With a small census, healthcare plans are very limited and extremely costly. It is now a due diligence that the Company offers its employees with a cost-effective option to support their families. IsI was able to connect with a Human Resources company that in-house brokers health insurance plan from some of the top names in the Industry. While still expensive, it was a viable option for the Company to work with.
- The absolute biggest hurdle that IsI to overcome has been with their staffing needs. With growth, there was a need for something more, in which IsI collaborated with professional staffing agencies who specialize in Cleared Personnel. This filled the void in the staff and helped to ‘weed out’ the candidates who were less than their established mission.
Team IsI’s Advice for Young Entrepreneurs
“The best advice to give a young Entrepreneur in this Industry is to research every avenue possible. This is absolute most important key to a successful startup. Everything needs to be planned out from the incorporation of the business, tax planning, healthcare, payroll, generating and collecting of revenue, staffing, and your committed office space. With their research, they should confer with another growing business to learn the trials and tribulations they are experiencing and how they are overcoming them,” – Team IsI.
Enterprise Security, streamlining, and compliance are becoming more and more critical for companies to meet the Government requirements and regulations. More companies are finding that hiring a firm that specializes in specific security protocols actually reduces the risk of not having the experience internally. IsI’s new software, Security Control is paired with their Managed Security Services and allows for 100% compliance of a client’s program with true security professionals on staff that manage the day-to-day operations. Some of the new products include the use of Co-Utilized SCIF space for additional capabilities of small businesses.