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How is a culture of ‘zero vulnerabilities’ possible? ORAU has the answer

We don’t stop at compliance, but instead we strive for excellence,” said Tom Amidon, director, ORAU Safeguards and Security.

ORAU received a rating of superior from the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) following a 2019 vulnerability assessment. ORAU showed zero vulnerabilities, an indicator of companywide dedication to a highly proficient security culture.

How is a culture of ‘zero vulnerabilities’ possible? ORAU has the answer

To achieve this high rating, ORAU went above and beyond the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) requirements. The S&S staff expanded training, upgraded monitoring systems and built on past success to prepare for future challenges in protecting people and the organization.

“Our team goes after program enhancements, not just for DCSA’s superior rating but also because we are already taking these measures as best business practices,” said Alan Forbes, physical security manager. The 13 full-time S&S staff members have 236 combined years of experience in the security field.

DCSA, which assesses more than 13,000 cleared contractor facilities, grants less than three percent of these facilities a superior rating. “We have earned a superior rating with each audit since DCSA made it possible for non-possessing facilities to achieve this score,” said Sheena Reynolds, personal security specialist and project manager for DCSA vulnerability assessment. “By being part of this premier group, ORAU employees have affirmed the importance and value of security measures.”

About ORAU

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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