Category Archives: Security Focus Blog

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…

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 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…

Could Your Company Handle an Insider Threat?

If you’ve been following my writing, you know that I believe one of the biggest security threats a company may face is not from outside sources—it’s from their own employees (or former employees). Many companies think they are prepared to handle an insider threat, but are they? Here are the 5 things your company should…

Who’s In Charge of Keeping Your Company Secure?

Even if your company has strategies in place to handle malicious attacks on your security, you may still be at great risk for insider threats.  Why? According to a Forrester study, “insiders” were involved in 39 percent of data breaches—of that 39 percent, 27 percent came from inadvertent misuse of data by employees, making your…

The Threat of File Sharing

The Threat of File Sharing A surprising number of companies suspect their employees are using online file-sharing services to store and share company files. This is a dangerous situation. How dangerous? It really depends on how sensitive, regulated and critical the documents are. However, many of the companies are unaware that employees are even using…

The Cost-Saving Reasons for Conducting Background Checks

As more and more personal and professional information is available online (Hello, Facebook!), some companies are cutting corners by failing to do thorough background checks on all employees—even those part-time folks that have been hired for the summer.  While this may seem like a good way to save some corporate dollars, it could end up…

National Association of Professional Women Honors Diane Griffin President / CEO of Security First & Associates into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Diane Griffin President & CEO of Security First & Associates. as a 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year. Ms. Griffin is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting 850,000 members and over 200…

October is CyberSafety Awareness Month

Be wary of “skimmers” on ATMs, gas station pumps, and other machines with credit card readers. Skimmers are small devices installed over the normal reading slot. The skimmer reads your credit or debit card’s information. The crook then returns later to remove the skimmer and retrieve the stored information. Skimming devices are not always noticeable,…