ST. LOUIS, MO. — The Defense Security Service (DSS) selected SciTec’s Princeton, N.J., facility as one of 51 winners of the James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award for 2019. Jim Lisowski, SciTec’s CEO, received the award, along with corporate security staff, at the annual Society of Industrial Security Professionals Training Seminar.
“This is the third time that SciTec has won this award in our forty-year history,” Lisowski said. “I commend the security staff for their leadership, diligence, and service to help us protect our nation’s and our corporate critical information. This award recognizes their hard work as well as the cooperation and contributions of the SciTec Team in protecting information.”
The Cogswell Award is the most prestigious honor DSS may bestow on cleared industry. Of the more than 13,000 cleared government contractors, thirty to fifty are selected annually to receive this award.
The award’s selection process is rigorous. A DSS Industrial Security Representative may only nominate facilities that have, at a minimum, two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings and that show a sustained degree of excellence and innovation in their overall security program management, implementation, and oversight.
The award was established in 1966 in honor of the late U.S. Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, the first chief of Industrial Security within the Department of Defense. Col. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program, which include an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information, materials and programs. This partnership ultimately ensures the greatest protection for the U.S. warfighter and the U.S. classified and sensitive information.