F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Isn’t Information Security focused on computers and technology?
A.  While computers and technology play a pivotal role in information security (InfoSec) and its protection, InfoSec is NOT only limited to the technical realm.    InfoSec is defined as the practice of defending information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction. It is a general term that can be used regardless of the form the data may take (e.g. electronic, physical).

Q. Why do I (or why does my team) need an Aegis Clearance if my IT team takes care of the computers?
A. Technology may protect core systems, but it cannot protect against employees giving away information on social networks or using their own, less secure, mobile devices for business purposes.  It also can only go so far to prevent employees from being targeted by and succumbing to social engineering attacks, where outsiders exploit the vulnerability of people to bypass technology security systems.

Q.  What is the purpose of an Aegis Clearance?
A.  The purpose of an Aegis clearance is to determine that a person is able and willing to safeguard an organization’s  sensitive information, based on his or her loyalty, character, trustworthiness, and reliability.

Q.  How is the Aegis Clearance different from the U.S. Government’s Security Clearance?
A.  Both clearances at their core are designed to assess and mitigate information security risk.  The U.S. Government’s focus is on mitigating risk to national security, and assesses for the individual’s propensity to embrace and behave in a manner that champions national loyalty.  The Aegis Clearance’s focus is on mitigating risk to business information security, and assesses for the individual’s propensity to embrace and behave in a manner that champions trust.  In addition, the two clearances approach the process of assessing and preventing risk in a very similar way, but there are some fundamental differences that make the Aegis Clearance tailored to the needs of business and the private sector.  The Aegis Clearance is not affiliated in any official capacity with the U.S. Government’s Security Clearance.

Q.  Who can apply for an Aegis Clearance?
A.  Individuals may apply for their own Aegis Clearance, or a business may purchase Aegis Clearances for their team.

Q. Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to receive an Aegis Clearance?
A.  No.  Legal Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) and H1B Visa Holders of the United States are also eligible.

Q. My company already performs one or more of the screening checks that Aegis Clearance utilizes.  Do our employees have to complete this portion of the Clearance process?
A. Yes, for a few reasons.  Organizations likely do not perform all the types of background screening the Aegis Clearance requires.   Even if they do, they may not adhere to the same standard that Aegis Clearance does to assess the potential risk of malicious intent.   The Aegis Clearance is an industry standard for risk assessment.  In order to provide the most accurate results, every clearance applicant must complete the entire process.  In addition, the Aegis Clearance belongs to the employee, and that clearance moves with that employee when he changes employers.

Q. Is the Aegis Clearance accredited by third parties?
A. Aegis Clearance’s Advisory board is made up of experts in various roles within the field of information security and information technology.  Our team members, who have decades of experience in information security (including a top secret government security clearance holder), have consulted with experts in every area to carefully select specific content which is tailored to be practical, not just conceptual. This helps our clearance holders apply information security practices, not just simply “know the concepts and tools.”

Q. Do you accept checks?
A. We do not accept checks at this time from individuals.  If your business is purchasing clearances for your team, please contact us to arrange payment other than credit card or bank transfer.

Q. Do you provide invoices or purchase orders?
A. Yes. For details, please contact us.

Q. Are there any prerequisites required for the Aegis Clearance?
A. No.

Q. How long does the Aegis Clearance remain valid?
A.  The Aegis Clearance remains valid for 2 years.  You must renew your Aegis Clearance at that time to remain current and valid.

Q. How long will Aegis Clearance training take to complete?
A. There are 15 lessons which takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Each lesson requires passing a progress check test before moving on to the next lesson. After all lessons are complete, there is a comprehensive final exam.

Q. How long do I have access to the Aegis Clearance training modules?
A. You may review your completed training lessons any time by logging in to your account.  The lessons are available for viewing within your account for one year.

Q.  Can I access the Aegis Clearance training via mobile device or tablet?
A. Yes, you can access Aegis Clearance training on any mobile device or tablet that is HTML5 enabled.

Q. How many types or levels of security clearance are there?
A. There is currently one level of Aegis Clearance.

Q. Can I transfer my Aegis Clearance for U.S. Government sector employment? 
A.  No.  The Aegis Clearance is not officially recognized by the U.S. Government.

Q. Does having an Aegis Clearance guarantee employment with a corporation, organization or government agency?
A. No.  Each corporation, organization or government agency maintains its own standards for employment eligibility.

Q.  For what reasons would I be denied an Aegis Clearance?
A.  Various reasons exist for why someone may be denied an Aegis Clearance. The most important factors in an investigation are the individual’s honesty, candor, and thoroughness in the completion of their Aegis Clearance application process. Every case is individually assessed, using our proprietary adjudication guidelines that are modeled after the National Security Board’s 13 Adjudicative Guidelines, to determine whether the granting or continuing of eligibility for an Aegis Clearance clearance is clearly consistent with the interests of information security best practices.

The adjudicative guidelines include assessments of an individual’s: trustworthiness; personal conduct; financial considerations; drug involvement; criminal conduct; security violations; outside activities; and misuse of information technology systems.

Q. What happens if I’m denied an Aegis Clearance? Is there an appeal process?
A. There is not currently an appeals process. If you are denied an Aegis Clearance you may reapply after 1 year.

Q. Where can I get assistance completing my Aegis Clearance process or inquire into the status of my Aegis Clearance?
A.  You will receive login credentials once you create your account and you may log in at any time for access to view the current status of your application process.  For assistance you may contact our support team here.

Have other questions?
Please contact us and we’ll be glad to help.