Author Archives: Diane

Cyber Security Workplace Tips

Celebrate Cyber security Awareness Month with These Workplace Tips October is National Cyber security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative designed to engage both the public and private sectors on security best practices. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, NCSAM is focused…

Honesty is Always Best Policy when completing the SF-86

Honesty is Always Best Policy on SF-86 There has been a lot of conversation about exactly what information you need to disclose when applying for a security clearance—specifically an SF-86. The Personal Conduct guidelines are quite clear: deliberate omission, concealment, or falsification of relevant facts from any personnel security questionnaire, personal history statement, or similar…

Why High-Security Organizations May be at Risk for Insider Threats

Why High-Security Organizations May be at Risk for Insider Threats   In an article from The Stanford News a quote recently caught my attention: “For companies, an insider threat from an employee can be an economic disaster. For a government unit, an insider threat can quickly become a dangerous national security issue.”   We often…

Are YOU an Insider Threat

As a security professional, I spend a lot of time talking to businesses about how they can create more safe and secure environments. Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about insider threats and what companies’ large and small need to do to keep themselves protected. But, this month, I am changing gears a bit. Instead…

Who Should Be on Your Insider Threat Risk Team?

Who Should Be on Your Insider Threat Risk Team? As a security professional, I have written a lot about the growing risk of insider threats—especially for small- to medium-sized companies who may not have the resources to dedicate one team member to this issue. Does your company fall into this category? Even if you don’t…

Why Protecting Against Insider Threats also Protects Against Workplace Violence

Why Protecting Against Insider Threats also Protects Against Workplace Violence   According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million employees are victims of workplace violence each year. An even more startling statistic is that between January 2009 and July 2015, there were 133 mass shootings in the workplace. No wonder violence…

Security Clearance Salaries on the Rise

Security Clearance Salaries on the Rise  According to a recent article from ClearanceJobs.com, those currently holding security clearances could see their salaries increase in 2017.  You ask Why?  Several factors are having an impact on security clearance salaries including:  OPM Breach—this caused some to leave the market creating a “backlog of background investigations.”  If you…

New Executive Order Updates Security Clearance Process

New Executive Order Updates Security Clearance Process As President Barack Obama prepared to leave office on January 20th, he signed an executive order that updates the structure and process for issuing security clearances. According to Federal News Radio, the order more clearly outlines the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) responsibilities in this process including: Open…

New Change to Psychological Health Question on the SF-86

In November, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued Revised Instructions for Completing Question 21, Standard Form 86, “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” ES 2013-00242 in hopes of making it clear that “mental health treatment is not a detriment to holding or maintaining a security clearance.” Section 21 of the SF-86 has long been…

Insider Threat Monitoring Rules for Federal Contractors

Insider Threat Monitoring Rules for Federal Contractors Reminder that your must certify to DSS that your company has appointment an Insider Threat Program by Today – November 30, 2016.  All Federal contractors holding facility clearances face new insider threat monitoring rules that will require them to gather, integrate, and report relevant and available information indicative of…