THE CHALLENGE: Creating an Efficient Security Clearance Process and Ending the Backlog

The security clearance backlog peaked at 725,000 open investigations in 2018, with some Americans waiting more than 500 days just to start their first day at work. In 2018, the Federal Government hired 2,500 additional investigators to address the backlog.

Proposed legislation calls for reducing this backlog to 200,000 by the end of 2020, andreducing the time required to issue a secret level to 30 days or fewer and top secret level to 90 days.

The legislation establishes the “clearance in person” concept, which enables clearances to follow employees who change agencies, within 2 weeks or fewer. Continuous evaluation is another key component, moving from the existing periodic reviews, to reviewing on a dynamic and ongoing basis.

Leveraging technology to assess these goals is critical. But with more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data added to the web every day, analysts are challenged to access, evaluate, and prioritize the open-sourced and publicly available information on the Internet.

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is an enterprise search tool that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to assess and prioritize risk across the open-source web.

Radiance scours publicly available data across the entire Internet, correlating names entered into the system with content related to 25 different risk factors, known as Behavioral Affinity Models  (BAMs), and cross-referenced with more than 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk.

Searches provide near-instant results, delivering meaningful, actionable intelligence to identify and prevent risk.


S4 app is a crowd-sourced, mobile application that allows users to confidentially report concerns in real time.

THE SOLUTION: Expediting Online and Unstructured Data Analysis through AI-Driven Intelligence

Radiance is designed to overcome the challenges of massive unstructured data ingestion, evaluation, and prioritization. This provides a rapidly deployable, scalable and user-friendly solution for the security clearance process.

Radiance’s security clearance bundle is specifically configured against selectors for the Adjudicative Guidelines’ Security Executive Agent Directives (SEADs). This bundle includes more than 8,000 terms related to the guidelines. Radiance performs nearly 160,000 searches across the entire web, correlating names with these terms and cross-referencing over 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk.associated behavioral affinities related to risk. A manual web search of this magnitude would take more than 1 year for one person to complete.

Radiance pulls all applicable content into a comprehensive report. The results are prioritized, making it easy to further analyze the findings and determine potential risk.  The system allows for continuous monitoring and evaluation, mapping previous results against results from more recent queries. Unlike social media monitoring, Radiance is not reliant on a single platform or social media API, allowing for continuous ingestion of all open source data.

S4 app can be configured as a workplace tool, allowing employees to submit information related to potential risk behaviors exhibited by co-workers. A centralized management portal allows clients to access real-time threats to geo-fenced facility locations.

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