Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Guest Author Diane Griffin

I think this is my first non-fiction author, and I'm thrilled, though possibly for all the wrong reasons.  I think this book sounds fascinating, not because I have a deep need to EARN security clearance, but because I have characters who might want to go through the process and so this sounds like a FABULOUS author reference book.

So Welcome Diane!

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

Blog: 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. Click on the Security First logo to go to her website. Click on her Facebook badge to go to her fan page.

Please put this facebook fan page code into the source code for her blog. The security first logo is already hyperlinked. Also can you please add her vbt banner if you have it finished.

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Ted Cross said...
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Ted Cross said...

Boy, I go through this every few years with Diplomatic Security. At least they are making it easier by keeping track of the information we gave them before, because trying to write it all up again each time is horrible.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Government intelligence at its best!
Award for you today, Hart!

Will Burke said...

I can certainly see how this could be helpful to authors, but the FB tips are need-yo-know for everyone!

Old Kitty said...

Gosh!! What a title!! Thanks for the interview lovely Hart Johnson and thanks for the handy compedium Ms Griffin!

And thanks for the sensible FB tips. I hope everyone keeps safe and informed!

Take care

Dawn Ius said...

Great stuff. Thank you for sharing this.

Hart Johnson said...

Hey, thanks everyone for stopping in! And Will, you're right--the FB stuff is great for all of us! Seems so counter intuitive to not have high school and college, as that's what I use it for... then again I KNEW everybody in my high school, so am unlikely to be fooled on that one! (yay small towns)

Southpaw said...

I'm not a facebooke, but those security points listed are good for blogging as well.

Talli Roland said...

What great advice! Thanks to the both of you for the brilliant Facebook types - it's so easy to forget that what you put out there can be easily seen!

Anonymous said...

Its amazing what people put on their FB page, especially their vacation plans. Nothing like announcing to the world you'll be away from your house for two weeks.

Stephen Tremp

Hart Johnson said...

Holly-it's true--When I was first in internet discussions, I was even afraid to share first name--but it wears you down. Great reminder on blogging.

Talli-I know, right? I've always been the 'who would care' person... poor, unknown except to those who know me... why worry, but it DOES get too easy, and the idea of someone stealing my identity to do something ROTTEN... That would be bad!

Stephen--Yeah, that IS bad advertising! Hello, come take my TV! We don't have MUCH worth taking, but we also don't really have means to replace much...

Anonymous said...

The Great and the Least,

The Rich and the Poor,
The Weak and the Strong,
In Sickness and in Health,
In Joy and Sorrow,
In Tragedy and Triumph,

Cheeseboy said...

Wow. I really do need to rethink the whole facebook thing. Excellent info. Perhaps I should just buy the book?

Hart Johnson said...

Anonymous--If you are an All My Children fan, I am all over it...

Cheesebody--I know, right? I've been going on the premise that I'm not important enough to hack, but SHEESH! The options can be scary!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Great post! Very intersting and important things to know.