FSO Spotlight – July 2018 – MathCraft’s Newsletter for Security Professionals

FSO Spotlight: MathCraft’s Newsletter for Security Professionals


FSO Software, Productivity Tools for FSO

July 10, 2018
Vol. 1, Issue 4

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Creating a Positive, Pro-Security Culture

Are the members of your security team the “bad guys” in your organization? Creating the right company culture requires more than the popular “just-in-time” training. Security should be a habit – not a hindrance. Everyone needs to understand the importance of security in everything that you do.


Pentagon to take over security clearance checks for federal government 
Can the Pentagon succeed where the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) failed? Read more
Reorg includes clearance overhaul
Could the latest plan to move the NBIB to DOD fix the clearance process for good? Read More
Can a new DISA app help solve the security clearance dilemma? 

Are you ready to say good-bye to the e-QIP? Read more

NIST adds privacy recommendations to its Risk Management Framework
Are you properly protecting your personally identifiable information (PII)? Read more
Bitcoin could be a problem for U.S. security clearances 
Does owning cryptocurrency signal bad intentions? Read more

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Easing the Security Clearance Backlog
With a backlog of over 710,000 cases, it seems like only a miracle could resolve the clearance-processing debacle.
Machine learning may be that miracle. Powered by predictive modeling and some really cool algorithms, periodic reinvestigation cases could be screened and flagged without

any human effort.

While the idea is still in its infancy, machine learning could help remove the 200,000+ reinvestigation cases from the backlog quickly, alleviating some of the work OPM must do to free itself from the security clearance process.


The Devil Is in the Details
The SF-86 may be the bane of your FSO existence, but you can help your employees by simply following the directions – precisely. There are several questions on the form that ask if something has “EVER” occurred to the applicant, and they may come right after a question that limits responses to a specific timeframe.
One of the “EVER” questions that is frequently “missed” references being charged with a felony. Note that the question says “charged” and not “convicted.” A juvenile incident that ended up as a misdemeanor may not have started that way, which is why the question is worded so specifically.
The better you can translate the SF-86 questions for your employees, the smoother their clearance processing will go. The devil is truly in the details.


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New Portal Commander Editions Available Soon
This summer, Portal Commander™ Standard and Portal Commander™ Business Process Management (BPM) will become generally available to the public. These two editions add comprehensive clearance management capabilities to our current, Portal Commander™ Lite, offering.
The Portal Commander™ Standard and BPM editions present every employee within your organization with a self-service security application. You’ll never miss a deadline again with automated workflows and insight into key metrics.
MathCraft Security Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of innovative software and technologies for Industrial Security professionals. Our tools are compliant with FedRAMP and NISPOM Change 2, and they are available on-premises or in the cloud. Contact us today to see how our products can transform your security operations!

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MathCraft Security Technologies, Inc.,

44121 Harry Byrd Highway, Suite 200,

Ashburn, VA 20147

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