SSMs are the direct link between the Accrediting Official (AO) and customer. They are responsible for all designs related to on-site secure work, including access control, intrusion detection systems, HVAC drawings, fixed facility checklists, tempest checklists, and any other penetration of the secure space.

They oversee and submit all accreditation paperwork to the government and serve as the subject matter expert to the customer, general contractors, and sub-contractors on-site. SSMs have vast knowledge of the ICD 705 Tech Specs and are the first to correct any deficiencies related to the build. SSMs are also responsible for training and mentoring CSMs.