Interview Questions


Is everyone guaranteed a security clearance?

No, having as security clearance is not one is not one of our inalienable rights.  A security clearance is a determination of trustworthiness based upon an extensive background check conducted by some very professional and persistent investigators.  The background checks help answer a person's ability to protect classified information based on the following criteria:

Allegiance to the United States

Foreign influence

Foreign preference

Sexual behavior

Personal conduct

Financial considerations

Alcohol consumption

Drug involvement

Psychological conditions

Criminal conduct

Handling protected information

Outside activities

Use of Information Technology Systems


Is it true that the Government can deny a security clearance for something as simple as filing bankruptcy?

Yes, a security clearance can be denied for many reasons uncovered during the investigation reflecting the 13 criteria mentioned above.  Remember, a clearance determination is based on whether or not you are trustworthy and stable.  Any events or actions on your part that may subject you to release classified material to unauthorized personnel or prevent you from protecting it properly will make you subject to a decision to deny your clearance request.


 Why should I earn a certification?

How badly would you like to stagnate in your career?  Try using your favorite search engine to find a job in industrial security.  You’ll find that employers are now looking for prospects with education and certification.


 What certifications are available? 

NCMS (Society of Industrial Security Professionals) offers the Industrial Security Professional (ISP) Certification to those who work with and protect classified material.  Job descriptions include:

Facility Security Officer

Security Specialist

Document Custodian

Our book ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual is designed to supplement a person’s study of the ISP Certification.

ASIS International Offers the CPP and other certifications.  Also certifications include: CISSP, OPSEC, etc.


Suppose I don’t want a certification.  Why should I buy your book?

ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual provides a career map for security professionals.  The first few chapters are dedicated to education, networking, certification, and community involvement.  Since security involves relationship building, this is what a security manager needs to know to establish themselves as an expert and therefore a credible source and influence.  The final chapters are full of questions exercising an industrial security professional’s professional competence as compared to federal guidelines.


Why are so many people being arrested for stealing “secrets”?

In recent news, contractors and government employees have been arrested for taking classified material from the workplace, releasing it to unauthorized persons, and conducting export violations.  In most cases, the employees did not have ill intent, but lacked training.  More seasoned veterans of classified work have become “immune” to security procedures.  A few have conducted espionage.  It is important that security managers review security violations and look for patterns and include the information as part of the security awareness.  Such information is an integral of developing a good security system designed to protect employee, corporate and national security.


 My friend has a SECRET clearance just like me.  However, she won’t talk with me about her SECRET stuff.  What’s up with that?

You may recall in your security awareness training that classified conversations are conducted in approved areas.  Dinner dates, car pools, movie theaters, etc are not approved areas.  Also, just because you have a security clearance doesn’t automatically make you able to access classified material.  You also have to have a valid need to know.


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Contact:  Jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP



     Author and security consultant, Jeffrey W. Bennett has recently signed a publishing contract with CRC Press.  Managing the Security of Classified Information and Contracts is due to be published in August 2009.  Landing a contract proved hard work, but he sold the idea with persistence and passion. “I’ve been in the security field for over 20 including my Army and corporate experience,” says Bennett.  “I realized that there weren’t any commercially published books available to those protecting our nation’s secrets.

     Though Federal regulations instruct defense contractors how to work on government contracts, no books have been made available at book stores, libraries or universities.  That’s all about to change.  “I’ve published a few books already. I wrote my last book to help security specialist study for the Industrial Security Professional Examination.  I saw a need, but the market was too small for the editors, so I founded Red Bike Publishing and published it myself.  Now it’s on”  That didn’t stop Bennett.  He had a dream of getting a contract with a royalty publisher.

    “I found the publishers in a market guide and contacted the senior editor about my idea.  He left a message explaining the idea was too narrow.  However, they left a phone number and that was all I needed.”  Over the next year, Bennett continued to contact the publisher about ideas.  Finally the publisher agreed to meet him during a security seminar in Las Vegas.  “We had breakfast together and I pitched the winning idea, a book about landing and working on classified contracts.  He said it sounded great and asked me to put it in writing and submit it formally.”

    Not only did Bennett present and idea, but he strengthened his position.  “I wrote three sample chapters, a table of contents and a layout of the remaining chapters.  I also turned in a market study of the more than 100,000 federal and contractor employees.”  Bennett’s market study included the more than 400 defense contractor companies and major military commands in and around Huntsville..  “This book idea will not only help security specialists, but will also educate college students about a career in security.”  Bennett also anticipates a need from industry as increasing numbers of defense contractors are taking on classified work.  

     Bennett encourages those who are thinking of writing professionally to treat their  writing as a business.  “Demonstrate a need, conduct a market analysis, get critical feedback, network with other professionals and promote your product.  Publishing companies expect professionalism.”  Sure enough, though seven months from production, Bennett is already getting the word out to libraries, professional groups and during his presentations.

     What’s next?  Bennett is already pitching a series of yet untouched security topics.  He is also formulating an espionage thriller.  “I’ve done all the background research, to all I need to do is finish the story.” 

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