U.S. Gov’t Infested With Terrorist Moles?
to lax background checks, even after 9/11, the Hezbollah spy who
managed to obtain sensitive jobs at the FBI and CIA is not the
first terrorist supporter to infiltrate the U.S. government. An
alleged al-Qaida operative also infiltrated the Environmental
Protection Agency, according to federal investigators and court
documents obtained by WND. The case, details of which are revealed
here for the first time, involves Waheeda Tehseen, a Pakistani
national who obtained a sensitive position with the EPA in Washington
as a toxicologist even though she was not a U.S. citizen. Like
the Lebanese national suspected of passing secrets to Hezbollah,
Tehseen lied about her citizenship on her government application,
a falsehood that the government failed – in both cases –
to catch in its security background investigation.
More Information Go To: http://christianactionnetwork.wordpress.com/2007/11/21/is-
Attorney General Proposes Nearly 50% Hike In Fee For State Background
Attorney General Marc Dann wants a nearly 50 percent increase
in the fee employers pay to have state background checks done
on job candidates. Raising the price from $15 to $22 would provide
the state with up to $7 million in extra revenue, which Dann says
would allow his office to hire more staff to handle the screening.
More Information Go To: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2007/11/26/feee.html?adsec=politics&sid=101
social networking site Facebook has announced a long-awaited advertising
strategy. Facebook Ads has three parts: a method for businesses
to build pages on Facebook to connect with their audiences; an
advertising system that facilitates the spread of brand messages
virally through Facebook Social Ads, and an interface to gather
insights into people’s activity on Facebook that marketers
care about. Facebook is currently a magnet for recruiters looking
for candidates. Experts expect the new tools available to increase
the attraction to recruiters even further.
More Information Go To: http://www.recruitermagazine.co.uk//Articles/335403/Social+networking.html
and Shuttle Bus Drivers Must Have Background Checks
IL -- Drivers of limos and shuttle buses picking up people in
downtown Bloomington or uptown Normal on the weekends will have
to undergo the same background checks as taxi cab drivers every
More Information Go To: http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2007/11/27/news/doc474bb45b2a022806820884.txt
Advantage Sells USSearch.com
Advantage Corporation announced that Highland
Capital Partners, a leading venture capital firm, has
purchased USSearch.com, the consumer business of First Advantage.
Based in Los Angeles, USSEARCH.com, provides web-based access
to premium search services including people search, background
checks, criminal records, and real estate reports. Terms of the
transaction were not disclosed.
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FirstPoint, Inc. Grows Background Screening Business with New
Inc. announces that it has acquired 360Check, a background screening
company in Marietta, GA. The new customer base will be managed
by the FirstPoint Information Resources/Background Screening division.
More Information Go To: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/stories/2007/11/05/daily6.html
Inc. Named to 2008 Fast 50 Private Companies
Inc. a leading provider of global employment screening, drug
testing and applicant management services, has once again been
named one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area by the Business Journal. The company
finished at number 24 in the Minneapolis-based
Business Journal's Fast 50 list.
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Wins Coveted NatWest Startups Service Business of the Year
the reference checking firm, has been awarded the Service
Business of the Year Award at the national NatWest Startups
Awards. Managing director Alexandra Kelly (the first woman
on the left in the photo) says: “Winning this award
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Alters List of Documents for Verifying Work Eligibility
new document has been added to the list of acceptable Form I-9
credentials that companies can use to verify the employment eligibility
of new hires, says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS), which issued the revised document list Nov. 8, 2007.
Employers may now use the new Form I-9—and begin collecting
the documents listed—although use of the new form will not
be required until a notice is published in the Federal Register,
USCIS says. Once the notice has been published, employers who
do not use the new Form I-9 could face fines or other penalties,
the agency says.
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Get FERPA Guidance
the Virginia Tech tragedy, President Bush assigned cabinet officials
to go on a listening tour across America on the topic of emergency
preparedness and school security. Not surprisingly, a recurring
concern during this listening tour was the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects students' privacy
rights. Many critics of FERPA say the law is worded so vaguely
that school administrators do not know when they can legally release
information on their students to parents if they feel a situation
involving a student constitutes an "emergency." Two
days ago, Margaret Spellings, secretary of education, announced
the Department of Education had developed brochures that provide
FERPA guidelines to parents and school administrators. "Nothing
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Attacks On Data Rise, Corporate Teamwork Fails
might be due to a number of technological failures, but companies
are ultimately failing to improve information security and internal
collaboration, experts. As the TJX
Companies data leakage incident seeped its way further toward
becoming the Exxon Valdez of corporate information spills this
week, researchers reinforced the notion that businesses continue
to make a mess of electronic data security because they fail to
foster adequate internal communication. A new report from Ponemon
Institute -- which has produced a series of studies into corporate
data leakage over the last several years -- concluded that the
various people in charge of collecting, protecting, and managing
sensitive information inside large businesses typically don't
collaborate sufficiently. Those constituencies also have widely
differing views regarding their respective roles in safeguarding
the content, the report contends.
For More Information
Go To: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/10/26/rising-data-attacks_1.html
End to Laptop Drama Lies in Management Practices
implementing encryption on laptops and desktops should focus
mainly on key management and user management strategies.
The encryption technology itself is mature. One factor that
varies from vendor to vendor and enterprise to enterprise
is management techniques. Main issues include deciding what
should be encrypted, how to recover the passwords that unlock
encrypted data when users lose them or leave the company,
and how to make passwords available to backup and client
management software that run unattended.
More Information Go To: http://www.cio.com/article/147900/How_to_Lock_Up_
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10 Employee Security Gaps to Plug
on their experience and observations, here are 10 security
gaps the experts have observed along with advice for addressing
them. If there’s good news about the often-abysmal
state of information security at most companies, perhaps
it’s this: We’re all making the same mistakes
over and over again. "When I go into an organization,
I don’t care what size or type… I will generally
find [the same] five general overall problems" with
employees and security, according to Chris Apgar, a CISSP
and president of Apgar and Associates, a compliance and
information privacy consulting firm that focuses on the
health care and financial sectors. Those five areas: Training,
policies and procedures, disaster recovery and business
continuity planning, audits, and risk analysis. Here are
suggestions from Apgar and two other security experts on
addressing some of the most common employee security problems
the Top 10 Employee Security Gaps to Plug Go To: http://www.itcinstitute.com/display.aspx?id=4348
5th Annual Global State of Information Security - The End of Innocence
of the problematic nature of information security is approaching
an all-time high. Out of every IT dollar spent, 15 cents goes
to security. Security staff is being hired at an increasing rate.
Surprisingly, however, enterprise security isn’t improving.
For the fifth straight year, CIO, CSO and PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PWC) present select results and analysis from the “Global
State of Information Security” survey, the world’s
largest, most comprehensive annual information security survey.
More Information Go To: http://csoonline.com/read/100107/fea_innocence.html
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Commercial Services Launches Refer-e Electronic Verification
USIS, a leader
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and the largest provider of security investigations to the U.S.
government, has launched Refer-e, an online service that improves
the reference checking process for potential job candidates. The
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drug test results nationwide. The drug testing will be available
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physicals to eScreen’s network of clinic partners, and the
ability to access real-time notifications of donor no-shows. At
the point of collection, clinics use eScreen123 and the eScreen
Drugs of Abuse System to provide instrumented instant drug screens
with digital chain of custody forms and electronic signatures.
MyeScreen.com and eScreen123 applications create a closed-loop
system designed for hiring administrators to manage drug test
collections, results and statistical data direct from their desktop.
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global terrorism and violence have become a strong reality in
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Employment Agency Liable For Not Checking References
this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed a trial decision
awarding damages against an employment placement agency for not
checking the references of an employee who would later go on to
defraud her employer of more than $263,000. In The Treaty
Group Inc. v. Drake International Inc.1 the Court of Appeal
considered whether it was appropriate for the lower court judge
to have awarded the plaintiff, a manufacturer of leather bracelets,
50% of a damage award it had already obtained against the employee
placed by Drake. In agreeing that this award was indeed appropriate,
the Court of Appeal held that Drake was responsible for half of
Treaty Group’s damages because Drake had breached its contract
by failing to provide any meaningful reference-checking of the
employee. Prior to joining Treaty Group, the employee in question
had twice been criminally convicted of fraud against previous
employers. After joining Treaty Group’s accounting department,
the employee walked away with an additional $263,000. When Treaty
Group discovered the fraud, it reported the matter to the police
and the employee was convicted criminally.
More Information Go To: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=54512&email_access=on
industry to provide hotline to employees
by the murder of a call centre employee in Pune, the BPO industry
has finalised a plan to set up round-the-clock hotline wireless
network a security patrol unit in the national capital region
for ensuring safety of staff, particularly the women. These and
other initiatives like a check on rash cab driving and over speeding,
pre-employment screening of transport drivers and contractors
will be implemented by the end of this month with the help of
Delhi and Gurgaon Police. The Business Process Industry Association
of India (BPIAI), an affiliate of CII, held a meeting at Gurgaon
last week after the rape and murder of a call centre staff in
Pune. Representatives of leading BPOs including Genpact, WNS,
Dell, Quatrro and Teletech attended the meeting and "agreed
upon the long-term measures to counter the problem", a CII
statement said here. There would be mandatory pre-employment screening
of all cab drivers by police and the transporter will be indemnified
for the behaviour of his drivers. Information on the black- listed
cab drivers will be shared among the BPOs in Gurgaon. The steps
will later be replicated in other BPO centres like Bangalore,
Pune, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai and Jaipur.
For More Information Go To: Http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ITeS/BPO_industry
Background Checks Should Be Customized
degree of access to sensitive information necessitates that background
screening should be customized for different positions, writes
SudiptaDev. Background checks have become mandatory
in many organizations post 9/11 and increased risk of data thefts.
They want to verify the history of the candidates they are in
the process of hiring, for criminal checks and authenticity of
CVs. After all, sensitive client information is at stake, any
jeopardization of security will lead to loss of credibility for
an organization and hit its business hard—perhaps never
to recover. "In view of heightened security concerns, both
at organizational and national levels, our recommendation at any
point of time would be to go in for as comprehensive a background
check as possible on all candidates"
More Information Go To: http://www.expresscomputeronline.com/20071112/technologylife01.shtml
You Know Who You Are Employing?
background checks could well have prevented recent high-profile
fraud cases involving senior financial staff, but how disciplined
are UK companies at applying them? The first, most common, form
of background check available to a potential employer is the previous
employer’s reference. These are often amongst the best sources
for getting an accurte appraisal on your prospective hire in terms
of performance, skill level, management ability and importantly,
reason for leaving. This form of check has, however, been devalued
somewhat in recent times. Many firms have now been forced, due
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central human resources departments with the end result being
a very standardised employment date, role and salary confirmation
with an accompanying blurb that will be found on all references
irrespective of the employee’s performance.
More Information Go To: http://dofonline.co.uk/management/do-you-know-who-you-are-employing9284.html
Warns Of Unvetted Foreign Teachers
LOOPHOLE which allows foreign teachers to work in Welsh schools
without having to undergo a criminal background check is putting
children at risk, a teaching watchdog warned yesterday. The directive,
introduced three weeks ago, allows EU nationals to work as teachers
here for up to a year without having to prove they have no criminal
convictions. Mal Davies, chairman of the General Teaching Council
for Wales, has written to Education Minister Jane Hutt and all
22 directors of education in Wales alerting them to the “loophole.”
In a report to the council yesterday, GTCW chief executive Gary
Brace said, “Pupils are potentially at risk in Wales if
one person seeking automatic registration via the temporary service
provision route has committed criminal offences and chooses not
to declare them, or in the worst case scenario, a person (who
may or may not be a teacher) seeks to deliberately deceive the
GTCW with false statements and declarations.
More Information Go To: http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wales-news/2007/11/10/watchdog-warns-of-
Ahead of OFAC Again - Warns EU Clients of Increased Risk of the
Illegal Transfer of Funds to the LTTE
United States Department of the Treasury designated the Tamil
Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) under Executive order 13224
on the 15 November 2007. This move by the Office of Foreign Assets
Control aims to target financing vehicles of terrorist groups.
TRO branches globally reportedly collected in excess of US$20m
in post-2004 tsunami fundraising alone. World-Check has once again
kept clients ahead of financial, regulatory and reputation risk
by profiling the 18 TRO’s and their numerous locations up
to one year ahead of OFAC.
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