UiPath Security Cleared Consultants
Security Clearance is of paramount importance not only for the security services and frontline systems it is a key foundation for central government, local governments, and associated organisations.
Whilst Robotic Process Automation (RPA) removes the risk associated with warm-bodied operators eyeballing and viewing sensitive data the requirement to build the RPA process in the first place requires a consultant or permanent member of staff.
ONQU recognises that in certain sensitive areas of the governmental machine all personnel will need to be security cleared. RPA is a new skill and information management process Security Cleared personnel are few and typically already undertaking interesting engagements.
Different Security Clearance Levels
Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
The Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks are normally performed when a person is recruited. For those who have served in the military returning to a role that requires security clearance is typically a straightforward process.
Individuals with access to government assets are subject, once recruited, to the requirements of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard. All applicants for employment in the civil service and armed forces, both permanent, temporary staff and private sector employees working on government contracts, with access to government assets and information.
The Baseline Personnel Security Standard requires the verification of the following four elements:
- Confirm Identity
- Past 3 years of employment history
- Nationality and immigration status
- Criminal record Only (unspent convictions not spent)
Any significant periods (a total of half a year or more in the past 3 years) spent abroad. Prospective employees who have recently come to the UK or lived abroad may be asked to provide overseas police certificates of good conduct.
The BPSS allows:
- Access to UK OFFICIAL assets with occasional access to UK SECRET assets
- Individuals to work in areas where SECRET and TOP SECRET information may be overheard
- Individuals who require it, access to the Public Services Network (PSN)
Further Security Vetting
Employers may initiate the following incremental national security vetting checks on recruits after performing the BPSS check.
Counter Terrorist Check (CTC)
A Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC) is required for individuals who are employed in posts that Involve:
- Proximity to public figures assessed to be at particular risk from terrorist attack or harm
- Access to information or material assessed to be of value to terrorists. However, it is not designed to manage access to sensitive information.
- Unescorted access to certain military, civil, industrial or commercial establishments assessed to be at particular risk from terrorist attack.
The process for CTC clearance includes a:
- Standard BPSS check;
- Security clearance questionnaire by the candidate;
- UK criminal records check covering both spent and unspent convictions;
- Check against UK internal security service (MI5) records;
- Candidate interview.
A CTC clearance must be formally reviewed after ten years (For non-list X Contractors this is 5 years) For transport-related security vetting the CTC check is the responsibility of the Department of Transport.
A CTC is required for police officers and many associated roles,
Security Check (SC)
A Security Check (SC) is the most common level of security clearance within the public sector. SC is required for posts involving regular and uncontrolled access to SECRET assets and/or occasional, supervised access to TOP SECRET assets and for individuals who will be:
- in a position to directly or indirectly bring about the same degree of damage.
- able to obtain a comprehensive picture of a SECRET plan, policy or project.
- considered for employment where it would not be possible to make reasonable career progress without security clearance for access to SECRET assets.
- Requiring access to certain levels of classified material originating from another country or international organisation.
The process for SC clearance includes:
- Completion of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard.
- Completion of a Security Questionnaire.
- A records check which will include e.g. personal files, staff reports, sick leave returns and security records.
- A spent and unspent criminal records check
- Credit and financial history check with a credit reference agency.
- Security Service (MI5) records check
- An interview.
Further checks may extend to third parties included on the security questionnaire.
After 10 years (7 years for non-list X contractors) or at any time up to that point at the discretion of the vetting authority, an individual’s SC security clearance will be formally reviewed
Enhanced Security Check (eSC)
The Enhanced Security Check includes a financial questionnaire.
Developed Vetting (DV)
The most comprehensive form of security clearance in UK government is Developed Vetting or DV. Where an individual’s job role is to have frequent and uncontrolled access to TOP SECRET assets or require any access to TOP SECRET codeword material a DV check is required.
DV is required::
- When a person is able to directly or indirectly bring about a degree of damage after employment.
- Where a position requires frequent and uncontrolled access to Category I nuclear material.
- Where a role needs access to certain levels of classified material originating from another country or international organisation.
DV clearance process includes:
- A BPSS check.
- Completion of the Security Questionnaire, a DV Supplement and Financial Questionnaire.
- Checks of spent and unspent criminal records.
- Credit and financial history checks with a credit reference agency.
- Security Service (MI5) records check.
- Personal finances check.
- An interview with a vetting officer.
- Further interviews with referees conducted by a vetting officer.
The DV clearance must be reviewed every 7 years or at any time up to those points at the discretion of the vetting authority
Enhanced Developed Vetting (eDV)
Additional in-depth interviews are required for eDV, which may be necessary for certain roles
Security Cleared RPA Consultants
ONQU can provide technical consultants who are typically security cleared to SC level however, we have several consultants who have worked in Central Government, Governmental Digital Services and police forces.
- Business definition
- Requirements gathering
- Requirements Analysis
- RPA Solution Design
- Agile Project delivery (RPA/DevOps)
Security cleared resources are a valuable asset for governmental organisations to use and reduce risk within the operating environments. Whilst RPA is key enabler it still needs to be developed in workstreams that contain sensitive information and therefore need to be developed with care.
ONQU has the ability to deliver Security Cleared UiPath and Robotic Processing Automation consultancy and support services.
Please contact the ONQU Offices using the form below or phone 0121 227 8001.