News & Career Advice

The Spy Who Traveled: Vacations and the Security Clearance Holder

John Davis / Mar 27, 2018

If you have a security clearance, it doesn’t mean you can’t relax and enjoy your vacation. You must remember, however, you have a clearance.

The Dead Man’s Secrets – Are Your Security Protocols Ready for the Unexpected?

John Davis / Mar 14, 2018

Security clearance holders are briefed regularly on security protocols and standard operating procedures. Unusual circumstances still occur, and we need to be prepared for those, as well.

How to Lose a Clearance? Mess with Money and Morals

John Davis / Feb 22, 2018

A wise mentor of mine once advised, “There are two ways to guarantee you’ll lose your clearance: Fool around with money and morals.” 

What Should You Do if You Suspect a Leak?

John Davis / Jan 15, 2018

All cleared facilities have implemented programs to spot insider threats. Do cleared employees also know how to report suspicious behavior and potential leaks?

3 Tips to Be Prepared for a Terrorist Incident Abroad

John Davis / Jan 11, 2018

Security professionals dissect bombings as one would a corpse after a mysterious killing. They offer lessons learned and advice to follow.

Elicitation and Defense Industry Conferences and Online

John Davis / Dec 23, 2017

Always remember to err on the side of caution. If you interact with someone whose identity you don’t know, report it. If you find yourself wondering, always report.

When a Trash Can Becomes a Counterintelligence Nightmare

John Davis / Dec 19, 2017

One successful feature of espionage is simply to take what’s lying around. What items are you throwing in the trash?

Paper Trail: The Afterlife of a Document in a Defense Industry Office

John Davis / Dec 6, 2017

Do you know what happens to the documents you create? You may be leaving a paper trail that puts your company or agency data in jeopardy.