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Understanding Security Vetting in the UK

A security vetting is a background investigation of a person to enable them to have access to or work at organisations that have a security requirement such as in the civil service or armed forces.  The checks, which are carried out by a vetting officer, are intended to assure government bodies that the individual has not been involved with espionage, terrorism or sabotage.  The process checks previous behaviour or actions that may influence the individual within the environment they are to be employed.

Understanding security clearance: in the UK there are a series of national security clearances which have a hierarchy depending on the classification of the materials that can be accessed during the vetting process.

What are the different levels of clearance in the UK?

There are five National security clearance levels in the UK.  These are as follows, in order of hierarchy:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
  • Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC)
  • Enhanced Baseline Standard (EBS)
  • Security Check (SC)
  • Developed Vetting (DV)

What are the Benefits of Security Vetting?

For us at The ICC Group, the benefits are clear.  With security vetted engineers we can assure our customers that our individual technicians are trustworthy and can enter environments such as the police, national defence and government agencies where they may be exposed to highly sensitive data and government assets.

We currently have a number of employees who have the Security Check (SC) and the highest level Developed Vetting (DV).  This also includes NPPV3 (Non-Police Personal Vetting) clearance which applies to people working for the police but are not police officers.  It is important to us to be able to offer and meet our customer’s requirements which includes the vetting and security clearance of our engineers to enable access to maintain their business-critical IT infrastructure.

What is Security Check (SC)?

SC clearance is a thorough check into an individual’s background and history that determines whether or not their character and personal circumstances would be a risk to the establishment to which they are to be employed.

What does it provide access to?

This SC security clearance is for individuals who are to be employed in jobs that require them to have ‘long term, frequent and uncontrolled access to SECRET assets and/or occasional, supervised access to TOP SECRET assets.’ 

What checks are involved with SC?

  • successful completion of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard
  • completion, by the individual, of a security questionnaire
  • a departmental/company records check which will include, for example personal files, staff reports, sick leave returns and security records
  • a check of both spent and unspent criminal records
  • a check of credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
  • a check of Security Service (MI5) records
  • exceptionally, if there are any unresolved security concerns about the individual, or if recommended by the Security Service, the individual may also be interviewed
  • in the event of any unresolved financial concerns, the individual may also be required to complete a separate financial questionnaire so that a full review of personal finances can be carried out
  • checks may extend to third parties included on the security questionnaire

What is Developed Vetting (DV)?

DV clearance is the highest level of security clearance and involves an extremely comprehensive check into an individual’s background and history, as well as their spouse or partner.  The DV process also includes the conducting of a detailed interview with the individual and potentially their spouse or partner.  These intensive checks will determine whether or not their character and personal circumstances would be a risk to the establishment to which they are to be employed. 

What does it provide access to?

The DV security clearance is for individuals who are to be employed in jobs that require them to have ‘frequent and uncontrolled access to TOP SECRET assets or require any access to TOP SECRET codeword material.’

What checks are involved with DV?

  • successful completion of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard
  • completion, by the individual, of a DV security questionnaire
  • a departmental/company records check which will include personal files, staff reports, sick leave returns and security records
  • a check of both spent and unspent criminal records
  • a check of credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
  • a check of Security Service (MI5) records
  • a full review of personal finances
  • a detailed interview conducted by a trained Investigating Officer
  • further enquiries, including interviews with referees conducted by a trained Investigating Officer
  • checks may extend to third parties included on the security questionnaire
  • the full review of personal finances will include an assessment of an individual’s assets, liabilities, income and expenditure both on an individual basis and taking into account the joint position with a spouse or partner

Summary

Through a security agency we have successfully vetted some of our employees so that we can meet the security requirements of our customers when our network engineers are required on-site.  The national security vetting assures our customers and partners that our security cleared engineers can be trusted whilst maintaining their IT systems.  We have a number of engineers who are SC and DV security cleared, which also includes the NPPV level 3 checks.  We believe that it is important to go the extra mile to meet these security needs and ensure our customers have the added comfort of knowing vetted engineers are available to them as and when required. 

If you are looking for a hardware maintenance support partner with security vetted engineers, we may be the perfect fit for your requirements.  If you would like further information about our IT support services or more specifically about security cleared engineers, please get in touch with us on 0333 220 0413

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