Mercury Systems plant receives superior security rating from Defense Security Service

Mercury Systems’ Commercial Electronics facility in West Caldwell, NJ, received a “superior” security rating in a recent vulnerability assessment conducted by the Defense Security Service (DSS).

The superior rating is the highest level awarded to cleared defense contractors by DSS, and represents a two-level improvement from the facility’s previous rating. It follows superior ratings already received at Mercury’s headquarters facility in Chelmsford, MA, and its Mercury Commercial Electronics facility in Salem, NH.

A superior rating is reserved for contractors that consistently and fully implement the requirements of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual in an effective fashion, resulting in a security posture that is superior to other contractors of similar size and complexity, according to a Mercury press release. The facility must have documented procedures that heighten the security awareness of employees and foster a spirit of cooperation within the security community.

Currently, less than 8 percent of the approximately 13,000 facilities that the DSS oversees receive a superior rating.

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