What affects security clearance vetting?

Security clearance vetting always assesses a person’s situation individually. Essential aspects include the type of duties for which the investigation is performed.

Security clearance vetting at Supo examines aspects that could expose an individual to the influence of such parties as foreign intelligence services or criminals. Supo specialists always assess the circumstances of a person individually from the perspective of Finland’s national security. The investigation is a specialist assessment, and not an automated inspection of register data.

Relevant factors in security clearance vetting include:

Have you committed or are you suspected of committing a criminal offence?

The assessment allows for your age at the time of the offence and the time elapsed since it occurred. It also considers whether the offences were repeated, the severity of any sanctions, and their significance in relation to the duties for which security clearance vetting is performed.

Are you in significant financial difficulties?

Payment default records and possible recovery proceedings are reviewed in the individual case. Comprehensive security clearance vetting also involves a broader assessment of the subject’s financial position. Serious financial difficulties may leave a subject susceptible to influencing attempts.

Do you have significant foreign interests?

Foreign interests may concern such aspects as citizenship and property or relatives abroad. The aim is to identify the aspects that could expose you to coercion.

Do you have connections to extremism?

The activities of extremist movements may include violent rioting or criminal mischief.

Do you have difficulty managing your life?

Substance abuse or gambling addiction are examples of factors that may affect security clearance vetting.