Author Spotlight: Diane Griffin

Diane Griffin

Everything You Need to Know About the Security Clearance Process

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Diane Griffin
ISBN: 9781427646682

Bio:  Diane Griffin, President and owner of Security First & Associates, says her motivation for writing Everything You Wanted to Know About the Security Clearance Process, But Are Afraid To Ask: Professional Guidance for Obtaining and Maintaining a Security Clearance came from the more than two decades of people she has assisted, both in her role as a private security contractor, and as the head of personnel or security within major governmental contractors, in finding their way through the complicated security clearance chain.

Synopsis: If you have plenty of time to click around through myriad government websites and the patience to cut through red tape and make sense of confusing bureaucratic talk, you may be able to find some of the answers to your questions about the security clearance process,” Griffin says. “Chances are, however, that you will still be left with some of your questions unanswered, because there are some questions that the government just doesn’t address. So, unless you know someone who is well acquainted with the process from a first-hand perspective, good luck.

What I sought to do was compile all of these answers into one easy-to-read compendium of advice and guidance, giving my readers signposts along the way to assist them in navigating through the clearance process. I believe I’ve come up with a volume that will greatly help its users, and being able to assist folks in working through this process is extremely gratifying to me.” GROUNDBREAKING SECURITY CLEARANCE EBOOK A ONE-STOP KNOWLEDGEBASE FOR THOSE CONFUSED BY THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS

Some Excellent Advice from Diane:

7 Secrets You Should Never Share on Facebook

In January, NSI Inc.,  stated that many users of social-networking websites inadvertently put themselves at risk by sharing too much information. Below are a few areas that could cause risk.

• Address and birth date. Disclosing your home address or your place or date of birth could make you a target of an identity thief. Your home address even could attract a burglar or stalker to your home. If you’re throwing a party and need to provide directions, do so through email.

• Year of graduation from high school or college. These can help scammers pretend to be former classmates, a common way to win victims’ trust. Also, potential employers could use your graduation date to estimate your age, then reject you if they consider you too old.

• Business contacts. Professional networking websites typically let people on your contact list see the names and IDs of everyone else on your list. An unscrupulous competitor, dissatisfied customer, or former employee could send a damaging message about you to everyone on the list.

• Mother’s maiden name. Businesses often use your mother’s maiden name to confirm your identity, so it’s prudent to keep that name as confidential as possible. (Keep in mind that pet names are another common security question.)

• Travel plans and schedules of groups you belong to. If you mention the dates of an upcoming vacation on a social-networking website, or that you’ve joined a Wednesday-night book group, you might unwittingly have told a burglar when your home will be vacant.

• Your valuables. Don’t discuss your expensive art, antiques, or jewelry. It could make you a target for a burglar.

• The name of your doctor or dentist. If a scammer learns where you receive medical treatment, he might attempt to obtain your insurance information. This could be sold to someone who lacks health insurance, who would then pose as you to obtain treatment.

This best advice I can give you, especially if you have a security clearance, is that “If you don’t want your parents to know about it”, then don’t share it on ANY social media sites.

If you want more gems to keep yourself and your family safer,  visit the Security First Facebook Fan Page.  If you want to buy her book or learn more about her services, visit her website.

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5 Responses to Author Spotlight: Diane Griffin

  1. Felicia says:

    That is interesting though working in the IT field, I have to say part of it is knowing how to lock down what you are sharing. If you are leaving your social network (twitter, FB, MS, ect) open then you need to be very careful about what you share. If you lock it down, then you can be a bit more open. I do subscribe to the notion though, what you post will last—there are always archives 🙂

    ~Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

    • Jason G. says:

      Greetings Felicia and thanks for the comment! I know for myself, I tend to get in the zone when online and not think about some of the information I share at times. It’s nice to have a reminder from time to time.

      Great blog by the way, I hope you don’t mind but I’ve linked it from mine.

  2. Marie says:

    sounds like some great advice. I try to be careful with my personal info online but no one’s perfect; there are always risks.

  3. Beth F says:

    Wow. I try to be careful about my personal information online, but who knows how careful I’ve really been.

  4. I’ve been seeing these articles all over the net lately about what not to share on social networking sites – it’s scary what can happen. That’s some pretty sound advice from Diane. I personally avoid online networking sites like the plague. You get all sorts using those places. The frequency of revenge killings caused by stupid facebook status updates are alarmingly on the up.

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