Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 days ago

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  • 8 Common Mistakes that Open the Door to Insider Threat Risk [PART 2]

    Most organizations understand the importance of protecting their assets and sensitive information from potential insider threats and are prioritizing efforts to build up robust security programs. Even though security is becoming a higher organizational priority, there are still many common mistakes that many fall victim to, particularly around insider threat risk. In a recent intervi...

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

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  • This One Change Will Take Your Government Contractor Support (and Results) to the Next Level

    As a federal executive, how do you figure out if you're getting what you paid for from your contractors? Before you slide into a catatonic state full of hazy memories of undergraduate micro-economics stay with me here for a second. In our personal lives, we strive to maximize value…some people like my grandmother make haggling a blood-sport…but I digress. In enterprise speak, this sam...

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • 8 Steps to a Leaner Personnel Security Clearance Adjudication Process

    Adjudicative processes generally don't win prizes for efficiency. From the OPM breach to ever-rising case backlogs, the outlook for personell security seems bleak. But it doesn't have to be.  Leaders in personnel security have the power to improve the adjudicative process. Read on for 8 simple steps to establish an efficiently running operation:

  • The Secret to Understanding (and Controlling) the True Cost of a Security Clearance

    The federal government’s perspective of costs is typically very different from the way a commercial company sees things. For example, you don't have the same concern for shareholders’ equity, balanced against the needs to utilize retained earnings to make capital investments in plant infrastructure. The cost calculation for the government is almost all rooted in regulatory compliance ...

  • How Do You Triage Your High Risk / High Value Employees?

    It’s a double-edged sword: keeping the high-flyers and VIP’s onboard requires some trade-offs. But what if they are both extremely valuable and very risky to your operations? If you think of risk as the probability of something bad happening, then you are most likely to land on your information assets as your area of greatest risk. Then you’ll be asking yourself: what’s the chance of ...

  • Use This New Lean Maturity Model to Assess and Standardize Your Clearance Process

    In my recent work with federal defense and security clients at Big Sky, I realized the need for a standard maturity model to use as a baseline for understanding the current state of a personnel security process and to set goals for improving it. Our experts have deep subject matter expertise in both operations improvement and federal personnel security processes -- so drawing on the c...

  • Don't Wait to Adjudicate: How Federal Execs Can Improve Security Clearance Processing Time

    In February of 2016, OPM reported that Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)’s were taking 230 days to complete on average. That means when you submit a candidate for clearance it’s going to be a while before their case ever reaches an adjudicator's desk. The investigative timeline is out of most organization’s hands, but there is something that you can do to speed the process: ...

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • Best Practices for Cross Functional Working Groups

    A cross-functional team is a working group that involves individuals from different departments or different branches of a company. They may have different levels of authority and oversee different functional areas, but have come together to achieve a common goal. In order for teams like this to operate effectively, communication and transparency must be emphasized.

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • 3 Risk Management Tools Security Leaders Can't Afford to Ignore

    In this day and age, a comprehensive approach to organizational security and risk mitigation requires a little bit more than just building walls, installing alarm systems, and hiring guards to monitor entry and exit points. Risk management isn’t just about measures in the digital domain, either; all the top-of-the-line software and data encryption in the world won’t be able to protect ...

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • RACI to the Top: How to Guarantee Your Team Members Know Their Roles

    Working collaboratively with a team tends to improve results - but effectively delegating tasks and clarifying who is responsible for what is a common sticking point that can throw the whole thing off track. When responsibilities are unclear, efficiently completing an assignment or process is near impossible. While there are many different methods for assigning responsibilities, a RACI...

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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