Who has security clearance?

Imu Etuk, CEO of MathCraft Inc. in Dulles, Va., calls his company's Access Commander program 'security accountability software.' For years, pockets of users, such as contractors at SAIC Corp. and facility security officers at the Defense Department, have employed the software to track and manage the comings and goings of personnel with security clearances. Now the company is hoping to make its program more widely appealing by Web-enabling it.

Access Commander Web Edition helps centralize mandated control of classified information. It complies with the Defense Security Services, National Industrial Security Operations Manual and other security clearance requirements at Defense, Energy, Justice, Treasury and other departments.

Think of it as a more robust, user-friendly version of the Joint Personnel Adjudication System. Access Commander WE can track visits to classified facilities, and access to classified documents, contractors, and more. Communications are 128-bit encrypted and the software runs on most standard servers, including Apache and Tomcat. It supports Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase and other databases. If you keep certain personnel information in a separate HR system, Access Commander can import it.

The application may be ideally suited to contractors who must keep tight control of classified information for DSS and other requirements. Defense users, however, will want to compare Access Commander to the latest JPAS system, which was updated within the last year.

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