Leading the Way: Stories of Success from 4 Black Woman Business Leaders

As a NAPW member I talk about how I found success, the obstacles I’ve faced, the people who have inspired me and the advice I have for young professional women.  [Continue Reading the story here]

Security First & Associates article on Insider Threat is featured in Washington Technology

The new year is a great time to set new personal and professional goals, but as a security professional, I also believe this is the perfect time to assess your company’s current practices for preventing insider threats to your security.

One of the biggest security threats to your business is…[Continue Reading the story here]

20 Finalists to compete for financing, mentoring, and other prizes to help catapult their businesses’ revenue to a million dollars~

Columbia, MD (February 29, 2008) — Make Mine A Million $ Business, a national non-profit business development program, recently selected Diane Griffin of Security First & Associates as one of six businesswomen to win the Micro to Millions awards package, presented at the group’s January event at The Globe Theatre in Universal City, California. The winners’ prize included money, marketing, mentoring and technology assistance all designed to help their businesses grow into million-dollar enterprises.

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Security Clearance Process, But Are Afraid To Ask.

Security Book

Professional Guidance for Obtaining and Maintaining a Security Clearance

The owner of a highly sought-after security consulting firm who has worked for major defense contractors, Griffin is constantly asked about the security/facility process. Her book explains why some jobs require a security clearance, how to get one, and why people who have been through the process will answer questions about it by saying, “ If I told you, I would have to kill you.”

Unlocking the mystery for her readers, Griffin shares her vast experiences and knowledge by covering the process from A to Z. If there ever was a study guide for a job that requires a security clearance, this is it!

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Sample Of Chapters

  • What Is A Security Clearance?
  • Different Levels of Security Clearances
  • What Is SCI?
  • Type of Investigation
  • Form SF 86 vs Form SF 85
  • How Long Does My Security Clearance Last?
  • Who Will Be Investigating Me?
  • All About DOHA
  • Acronyms You Need To Know


I love this book! Security clearances are a fact of life, now more than ever, for so many government contracts. Your book will help thousands of companies open the doors to more business as you remove a critical barrier to entry into profitable government business. As a professional adviser on government contracts, this is exactly the book I wish I’d had to advise my clients. The flow of information is natural and logical, you really do answer 99.99% of the questions people have about a process that doesn’t need to be a mystery! You include the forms as well as diagrams to make an opaque process clear, and you de-mystify a topic that so many people find discouraging and confusing. I look forward to recommending this as a standard reference in the procurement community — a work whose time has come!

Judy Bradt
Principal & CEO, Summit Insight, Strategic Advisor on Government Contracting

Well done Diane!!
“Diane has done an outstanding job of taking the complicated personnel security process and made it easy to understand through this wonderful book! She has taken her own twenty-year experience and translated it into a useful guide on clearance processing for anyone in the security profession. In particular, the question and answer format allows many nuances of the system to be addressed effectively. I recommend this book as a must-have resource for the security professional!”

Deedee Collins
Executive Director, National Security Training Institute