Diversity and specialization are critical for aerospace and defense manufacturers. Manufacturing facilities are often spread across different continents, with products ranging from unmanned surface and aircraft systems to weaponry and ammunition. To say that the production of these goods is complicated is a gross understatement. It is impossible to execute everything in-house; manufacturers must make key partnerships with expert suppliers and sub-contractors to complete projects on-time and on-budget.
Their buildings must have revolving doors for clients, suppliers, sub-contractors, and guests. Visitors need to have access at specified dates and times for inspections and meetings, and certain areas necessitate enhanced levels of security. While some guests are pre-registered and cleared to enter their facilities, others are not – and differentiating between the two is crucial to mission success.
Although aerospace and defense manufacturers are in the protection business, many find themselves overwhelmed with the day-to-day security concerns that befall cleared facilities. Classified assets, like product specifications and top-secret documents, must be safeguarded, as well as physical property.
With so many visitors arriving every day, it is critical for security guards, receptionists, and Facility Security Officers (FSOs) to manage the traffic. Guests represent vulnerabilities; the Security office must know who has access to what – and when.
To understand who is inside your facility, when they will be there, and what they will come into contact with, you must know more than names and company affiliations. Information such as citizenship and clearance level must be examined systematically to protect against unwanted visitors – like those on government watch lists.
The visitor check-in process must be quick and efficient. Bottlenecks can cause the system to break down, and failure is not an option when it comes to national security. The solution needs to handle different visitor, identification, and badge types – no matter who is running it.
Cleared contracts must abide by certain rules, like those within 32 CFR Part 117, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) Rule, the Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) guidelines, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Conditions are subject to change at any time, and audits are performed to ensure compliance. Failure to adhere to the smallest detail may result in contract termination.
MathCraft Security Technologies is the leading provider of FSO technologies and software, equipping today’s cleared facilities with the tools security officers need to govern daily security tasks effectively. MathCraft’s enterprise security suite includes Portal Commander™, a case management solution that automates workflows within a digital, dashboard-driven platform. The suite also includes Access Commander®, a web-based accountability system that simplifies the organization and administration of Defense Security Service (DSS) requirements.
The final piece of MathCraft’s enterprise security suite is ViSi Commander™. This comprehensive visitor management software was designed specifically for classified facilities. Whether sites are located domestically or overseas, ViSi Commander™ allows aerospace and defense manufacturers to connect every facility under one system. Its modules offer pre-registration, watch list, and check-in/out capabilities, simplifying critical procedures for the entire security office.
COMPLIANT – Instead of maintaining a vulnerable logbook, ViSi Commander™ digitizes the entire check-in process. It also meets 32 CFR Part 117, NISPOM Rule, FOCI, and ITAR standards – alleviating audit fears with everything that you need at your fingertips.
SECURE – The Personally Identifiable Information (PII) ViSi Commander™ collects allows security officers to pre-approve visitors while monitoring watch lists. To protect PII, the system encrypts data in transit and at rest, and it also compartmentalizes it based on facility codes – restricting data access to only those users who require it.
INTUITIVE – Identify who is in your facility – and who is scheduled to arrive – within ViSi Commander™’s easy-to-navigate system. Scan government IDs, capture photos and signatures, and print badges with a few clicks. For added convenience, employees can preregister guests while guided-routing functionality expedites the visit approval process.
PROFESSIONAL – Automated, electronic procedures ensure that visitors move through the check-in process quickly, and high-quality badges make them feel welcome. Smaller manufacturers can offer the same level of service as their larger competitors – if not better – with ViSi Commander™’s polished, efficient methodology.
SCALABLE – Available on-premises or via Microsoft’s FedRAMPapproved Azure platform in the cloud, ViSi Commander™ offers true flexibility for organizations of all sizes. It can be used to oversee one facility or many, and it has unlimited record management potential thanks to Microsoft’s SQL Server.
Aerospace and defense manufacturers provide vital technology, expertise, and support to the federal government and commercial enterprises. Their work keeps America and its allies safe and secure – but no organization can do it alone. It takes a team of talented individuals and manufacturers to execute intricate orders and assignments.
Safeguarding sensitive infrastructure and information from unauthorized access is no small task. It is essential for manufacturers to open their doors, though, while preserving secrets. MathCraft’s enterprise security suite with ViSi Commander™ allows them to do just that – adeptly managing the flow of suppliers, sub-contractors, and guests.
With the necessary tools and expertise, aerospace and defense manufacturers can keep the mission on track and fueled for success.