AlliedBarton Security Services Enters Background Screening Arena
Security Services, a leader in security services, has reportedly
acquired background screening firm VanElla. Although there has
been no formal announcement of the transaction, conference attendees
and website information indicates the transaction has been completed.
Chicago-based VanElla provides employers with access to fast,
highly detailed employment screening services via a robust, online
management and reporting system. VanElla allows companies of every
size to better manage the employment screening process, reduce
cost-to-hire, and improve employment-related risk management through
superior employment screening practices. This acquisition represents
AlliedBarton’s entrance into the background screening industry.
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Watch List Swells To More Than 755,000 Names
to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) the
federal terrorist watch list has grown to more than 755,000. The
size of the list, typically used to check people entering the
country through land border crossings, airports and sea ports,
has been growing by 200,000 names a year since 2004 and the swelling
of its ranks has raised worries about the list's effectiveness.
Some lawmakers, security experts and civil rights advocates warn
that it will become useless if it includes too many people. "It
undermines the authority of the list," says Lisa Graves of
the Center for National Security Studies. "There's just no
rational, reasonable estimate that there's anywhere close to that
many suspected terrorists." The exact number of people on
the list, compiled after 9/11 to help government agents keep terrorists
out of the country, is unclear. Leonard Boyle of the FBI's Terrorist
Screening Center, urges that the list be used for screening by
businesses where workers could "carry out attacks on our
critical infrastructure that could harm large numbers of persons
or cause immense economic damage."
More Information Go To: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-10-23-Watchlist_N.htm
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Passport Integrates Background Screening With Vendor Access Management
Passport, Inc., a leading provider of vendor access management
programs, has deployed its RAPIDGate(TM) program to enhance security
at the United States Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Eid Passport’s RAPIDGate Program improves security and efficiency
by registering and screening vendors, contractors, and suppliers,
and then providing credentials and access management systems that
quickly prove their identities and authorize their privileges
to enter a secure facility. The Program integrates a number of
best-of-breed products and services: the self-service Registration
Stations for program applicants; identity proofing; background
screening for outstanding wants, warrants (including the “terrorist
watch list”), sexual offender/predator lists, and felony
convictions; fraud-resistant, personalized RAPIDGate badges for
qualified applicants; access management and biometric systems
to identify credential-holders at secure access points; and reports
of ingress and egress activity.
More Information Go To: http://www.womantwist.com/eid-passport/
Partners with SharperLending LLC to Deliver Broad Spectrum of
Credit Data Services
a leading information services provider for the background, employment
and tenant screening industry, announced today the formation of
a partnership with SharperLending LLC, technology provider of
secure, Web-based lending management platforms. Under terms of
the agreement, SharperLending will provide ClearStar.net with
real time gateway access to data from all three credit bureaus
and its proprietary suite of service offerings in standard MISMO
XML format. "Flexibility and security of credit related data
is critical to the decision making capability in background screening
and gives us more flexibility to deliver services that ensure
that our clients maintain their competitive edge," explained
R.J. Vale, CEO of ClearStar.net. "Now that we can parse and
measure the data, we will be able to deliver a tri-merged credit
report and bundle the credit data with other data elements to
provide total scoring models. ClearStar.net also gains the ability
to further analyze data according to industry-specific business
rules to more effectively present information in a variety of
graphical formats. The partnership comes as a culmination of combined
development efforts to build an open architecture gateway based
on their common platform of Microsoft .NET and web services.
More Information Go To: http://www.clearstar.net/ClearStarSharperLendingPartnership.pdf
Declared National Finalist in the NatWest Service Business of
the Year Awards in United Kingdom
Awards sponsored by NatWest provide a great opportunity to recognise
the massive contribution small businesses make to the UK economy,
and the great entrepreneurs behind them. NatWest Business is proud
to sponsor the awards for the 3rd year running and I wish all
of the entrants the best of luck. "After five grueling caffeine-fuelled
days and nights sifting through mountains of applications, business
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Being Issued By DHS to Raise Port Security
screening, background checks and beefed up security are part of
a new identification system - the Transportation Worker Identification
Credential (TWIC) Program was conceived six years ago in the wake
of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the effort to screen the
estimated 75,000 port workers and strictly control access to the
nation's ports with a sophisticated tamper-proof identification
card system proved problematic, with concerns over costs and privacy
rights. The first ID card system at the Port of Wilmington in
Delaware is scheduled to be up and running starting the week of
October 16, 2007. While many ports have not set a specific date
to start the program for port workers, grants are being issued
and preparations are being made for the coming identification
system. There may be significant screening opportunities at ports
throughout the country.
More Information Go To: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/twic/index.shtm
Restrictions On Inquiries and Consideration of Conviction Records
November 1, 2007, New York employers may no longer inquire into,
or make an adverse employment decision based on, an applicant’s
or employee’s having been convicted of a criminal offense
when the conviction record has been sealed pursuant to Section
160.55 of the Criminal Procedure Law or when the conviction is
classified as a youthful offender adjudication under Section 720.35(1)
of the Criminal Procedure Law. The new law, which is an amendment
to Section 296(16) of the New York State Executive Law (the "Human
Rights Law"), does not apply to the licensing activities
of governmental bodies in relation to the regulation of guns,
firearms and deadly weapons or in relation to an application for
employment as a police or peace officer. See Assemb. A3379, 2007-2008
Reg. Sess. (N.Y. 2007). This change expands the protections from
discrimination for ex-offenders and is in keeping with New York
public policy to provide employment opportunities to individuals
who have already "served their debt to society" and
reduce recidivism caused by lack of employment and income.
More Information Go To: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=53586&email_access=on
Seeking Stricter Caregiver Rules
state senator says she wants to improve the background screening
of nurse aides and other caregivers after gaps that allow criminals
to work in nursing homes were identified in a recent Star-Telegram
report. Advocates for nursing home residents and the industry
also expressed concern that some workers banned by the Texas Department
of Aging and Disability Services for abuse, neglect and theft
have been certified as nurse aides by the same department. Some
found new jobs caring for the elderly and disabled. Sen. Judith
Zaffirini, D-Laredo, said she was troubled to learn that crimes
barring employment in nursing homes, such as murder and rape,
don't prevent aides from being recertified. Aides and other such
workers give the vast majority of care at nursing homes and also
work at doctors' offices and hospitals.
More Information Go To: http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/267828.html
THEFT AND DATA BREACHES
Shoplifter, Employee Theft On The Rise
to the 19th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes
International, “the seriousness of retail theft is a much
greater problem than many people realize.” The annual survey
reports on over 530,000 apprehensions taking place in just 23
large retail companies representing 14,118 stores with combined
2006 annual sales in excess of $537 billion. Shoplifters and dishonest
employees stole over $6.0 billion in 2006 from these 23 major
retailers. “This is only the second time in the past 9 years
where both the apprehensions and recovery dollars from shoplifters
and dishonest employees has increased. Shoplifting apprehensions
and recovery dollars were up an amazing 11.2 percent and 13.9
percent respectively”, said Mark R. Doyle, president of
Jack L. Hayes International. “And while employee theft apprehensions
were up just under 7 percent, the recovery dollars were up over
For More Information
Go To: http://www.hayesinternational.com/thft_srvys.html
Safeguard Sensitive Information
corporations deal with confidential information containing everything
from company trade secrets and marketing research, to social security
numbers and addresses of employees, customers and vendors. In
the last two years, 85 percent of businesses have experienced
a data breach involving the loss or theft of customer, consumer
or employee data. In that same period of time, more than 150 million
records have been exposed. The financial implications stemming
from the theft of proprietary information in the workplace are
startling, as the crime cost U.S. businesses and consumers $56.6
billion in 2005. On average, data losses cost companies $182 per
compromised record in 2006, an increase of 31 percent from 2005.
"With an ongoing exchange of paper in offices, the workplace
is an increasingly desirable target for identity thieves,"
said Ira Winkler, national security consultant. Financial implications
are only a portion of the consequences, as businesses can now
face penalties, such as fines and lawsuits, if they neglect to
properly store and destroy sensitive information.
Information Go To: http://www.secprodonline.com/articles/50382/
THEFT AND DATA BREACHES (continued)
Severity Of Information Security Breaches Increasing
broke down their costs of security breaches as follows:
productivity impacted -- 35 percent .
or network downtime -- 21 percent .
activities impacted -- 20 percent.
assets impacted -- 17 percent.
- Legal fees
and/or fines -- 8 percent.
also revealed that not all security breaches originate externally.
Among organizations that experienced a security breach, nearly
one in four (23 percent) indicated an insider security breach
or threat in the last year.
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point. The former systems administrator received eight years in
prison for planting a “logic bomb” on company networks
and then betting that the firm’s stock would decline. He
planted the malicious code shortly after quitting his job in 2002,
and it resulted in the deletion of approximately 10 billion files
on 1,000 company computers. A thorough background check on the
culprit would likely have revealed his criminal record, which
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important for IT staff because of their high-level access to systems
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INSIDER THREAT TO TRADE SECRETS
When it comes
to information security, many organizations rely heavily on a
tactical and operational approach. The bulk of budgets and resources
are directed toward technical solutions like firewalls and filters
to keep the bad guys—hackers, spammers, phishers and thieves—out.
But the greatest threat to an organization’s information
is already inside the firewall. It’s the organization’s
own employees and the daily interaction with critical information
assets that creates the greatest risk. In fact, 80 percent of
all security breaches are committed by those working within an
organization. These breaches happen in a variety of ways—like
when employees take work home in an effort to be more productive
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Screening Handbooks To Help Industry Minimise Risk
Australia is set to launch its latest publications: the Employment
Screening Handbook; and a Handbook for Reference Checking in the
Financial Services Industry which was developed in close collaboration
with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Supporting the Australian Standard for Employment Screening (AS
4811-2006), the only Standard of its type in the world, the Handbooks
have been produced to assist employers reduce the risk of potential
security breaches and ensure the identity, credentials and integrity
of staff and contractors. While the Employment Screening Handbook
offers advice to all types of industries, the Handbook for Reference
Checking has been developed specifically for the Financial Services
Industry in close collaboration with ASIC. “The Handbook
for Reference Checking in the Financial Services Industry will
play a critical role in an organisation’s risk management
process,” said Mr Tucker. Used together with the Standard,
the Handbooks will provide a framework for significantly reducing
the recruitment and/or movement of unsuitable candidates both
between and within organisations.
More Information Go To: http://www.standards.org.au/downloads/071011_Employment_Screening_Handbooks_Launch.pdf
Thumbs up for ID Card / Criminal record check trial
for a new service using ID cards to help make Criminal Records
checks faster and more robust have been given a resounding
thumbs-up based on trials of the new process. In line with
recommendations from the Bichard Report, the Criminal Records
Bureau (CRB) is examining the security benefits that ID
cards may bring. In a joint trial with the Identity and
Passport Service (IPS), 160 volunteers piloted two online
services aimed at accelerating and toughening-up background
checks on people who want to work with children and vulnerable
adults. The first is a short-term process using UK passports,
the second a longer-term process using ID cards under the
National Identity Scheme. A report published today reveals
that the overwhelming majority of trial participants back
the new services, with 96% saying the passport-linked service
is an improvement on current arrangements, and 87% saying
that the ID card-linked service would be even stronger.
"By linking your details to your fingerprints, the
National Identity Scheme will make it easier and quicker
to prove identity as well as protecting your personal details
from fraudsters." The CRB has issued over 13 million
Criminal Records disclosures since it began operation in
2002, however, an improved application process using ID
cards to confirm identity via online application could dramatically
reduce turnaround times. The first ID cards for UK citizens
will be issued in 2009, with large-scale volumes being issued
by the Identity and Passport Service in 2010.
More Information Go To: http://www.bapcojournal.com/news/fullstory.php
Employee Dishonesty: Surveillance - Undercover Work
fraud is estimated to set UK business back £2 billion
a year. So it is little wonder companies are using an ever-increasing
range of methods to monitor staff. One of the biggest bugbears
of modern Britain is best described in a phrase once uttered
by information commissioner Richard Thomas - 'the surveillance
society.' There are 4.2 million CCTV cameras in the UK -
one for every 14 people making Britain one of the most watched
countries in the world. The media incessantly bombards the
public with these statistics, but what does it all mean
to HR? A great deal, it seems. This tendency to 'watch'
members of the public out onthe street could be moving into
the workplace. With companies finding it harder to determine
the profile of the average fraudster, surveillance may seem
to be the obvious option to curb theft. Methods used by
employers include: computer data mining; key logging (a
method used to measure productivity, by recording impressions
on a keyboard); and overt CCTV in workplaces. Some companies
monitor their employees' location by tracking their mobile
phones. Some even have them followed by private detectives.
According to the information commissioner, more methods
look likely to emerge, including the use of web cams to
monitor remote workers. But such measures should only be
implemented when all other options have been exhausted,
say some. "Surveillance can be self-defeating by undermining
the mutual trust that should form the basis of any employment
relationship," says the TUC's employment rights officer,
More Information Go To: http://www.humanresourcesmagazine.com
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What are the
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by CIFAS, The UK's Fraud Prevention Service, reveals that, of
those who lie in applications for credit, financial services or
- most are
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- 9% of
men and 7% of women lie about their employment or salary.
- 10% use
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On UK Private-Eye Licences
Plans to license
private investigators could hobble a growing industry and leave
its multinational clients at sharper risk of corruption and money
laundering, leading security businesses have claimed. The companies
say proposals drafted partly to prevent abuses by cowboy divorce
investigators and their kind could unintentionally undermine key
anti-fraud work relied on by banks and other international businesses.
The dispute is coming to a head as consultation on the proposals
ends this week, after which the watchdog Security Industry Authority
(SIA) will publish final rules. Jeff Katz, chief executive of
Bishop Group, a corporate investigator, said the new rules could
mean the companies were not able "to service the financial
institutions, law firms and corporations that are our clients".
"[The proposals] present major problems for the corporate
investigation companies," he said.
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Disclosure: Sex Offender Registration Laws Present Challenges
for HR Managers
The law requiring
sex offenders to register their presence in a community can present
HR with complex, but manageable, retention issues. When Michigan
Attorney General Mike Cox released the names of 200 registered
sex offenders in the state who had been using the popular networking
site MySpace, some employers may have been surprised to discover
names on the list that were also on their payrolls. MySpace dropped
all 200 profiles, but the fallout continued. Corrections officials
discovered some offenders were using computers in violation of
the terms of their release. And employers began to confront the
long-standing question of what they can do if they find employees’
names on a state registry of convicted sex offenders. The answer
is as complex as the question is simple.
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Judge Sides with SHRM in Oklahoma Gun Case
in the Workplace position has received a big boost from the courts.
In a long-awaited decision, a federal judge of the U.S. District
Court in Oklahoma sided with SHRM in finding that a workplace
weapons bill passed by the Oklahoma legislature in 2004 (and amended
in 2005), which prohibits employers from establishing policies
banning employees from bringing weapons onto company property,
is pre-empted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act's
(OSHA) 'general duty' clause. SHRM had filed a "friend of
the court" brief in this Oklahoma case, known officially
as ConocoPhillips v. Henry, et al. At press time, it is unclear
what impact (if any) the Oklahoma ruling might have on similar
laws passed in Kentucky, Alaska, Minnesota, and most recently
in Kansas. SHRM expects this decision will be appealed. In the
meantime, Oklahoma businesses are free to enforce their own workplace
policies regarding weapons on company property. SHRM's position
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS
Annual Pre-Employment Screeners Conference, November 11 - 14,
2007, Clearwater, Florida
Data Protection Law, Chartered Institute of Personnel
and Development, 20 November 2007, London, United
Course overview: This practical 1-day course enables participants
to understand the law that
applies to the collection, storage and use of personal data in
the workplace, from the beginning to the end of the employment
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Employing & Vetting Non-UK Nationals, Unravelling
Critical and Complex Issues for Recruiters
22nd November 2007, London, http://www.symposium-events.co.uk/pages/attending/HR052/images/brochure.pdf
World Europe 2007: Transform to Perform - From Strategy to Reality,
27-29, Nov 2007
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European Pre-employment Vetting & Screening Summit
2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday 30 November 2007,
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday 30 November 2007
Background Investigator’s India Pre-employment Screening
Conference, December 6-7, 2007, Bangalore,India, http://www.search4crime.com/Indiaconference
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