• Five Tips on Preventing Workplace Violence
    Employer LINC (10/15/2014) Bruce, Philip

    Attorney Philip Bruce says there are five things employers can do to balance safety and security and potential legal liability associated with their efforts to prevent workplace violence. Safety must take priority over the desire to reduce legal liability, Bruce says, which means employers must take immediate action when necessary to prevent workplace violence and worry about potential legal liability later. The second tip is to perform background checks while being mindful of the legal restrictions that apply in a given state. For example, many states ban outright employment discrimination on the basis of a criminal record. Third is to create comprehensive security policies and enforce them. Such policies should include topics such as workplace violence, weapons, and bullying. Fourth, employers should work to keep employee morale high for the simple reason that happy employees are less likely to become violent. Finally, employers should handle terminations with care, as they can be a flashpoint for workplace violence. Ensure that more than two people are presenting during the termination and find the best time of the day and week to conduct the termination. Terminations should also be carried out promptly and decisively, rather than allowing the issue to fester.

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  • Managing Supply Chain Risk
    Security Technology Executive (10/14) Vol. 24, No. 4, P. 22 Passmore, Marty

    Theft is becoming a bigger and bigger threat to the security of companies’ supply chains. Thieves are targeting freight carrying a wide variety of goods that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The risk is made more difficult to address because industry regulations do not permit a sweeping approach to security. However, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), Partners in Protection (PIP), and the EU Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) are working to bolster supply chain security across the globe. Security experts note one of the highest security risks often involves keeping products stored in warehouses safe. These are also the easiest risks to mitigate with the use of cages, trailer seals, and other physical security measures. Products are also at risk in transit from cargo theft gangs. To stay ahead of thieves, companies have implemented covert and overt GPS tracking of expensive items. This method can be active, with security tracking the shipments’ every movement, or inactive, where alerts are sent to monitoring stations if a shipment does not meet certain thresholds or arrive at checkpoints at certain times. Physical escorts can also be used to accompany a shipment to its destination. That method is costly, but has also been proven to be the most effective.

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  • Retail Theft, Inc.
    Security Management (10/14) Aubele, Keith

    Organized retail crime (ORC) remains a major drain on the retail sector’s profitability. Estimates put the annual cost of ORC at over $30 billion, contributing to shrinkage that costs more than 2 percent of total retail sales on average. ORC is very different from garden variety shoplifting, and retailers are increasingly seeing that a specialized and coordinated response involving governments and law enforcement is needed to adequately address the problem. ORC gangs include three main roles: bosses, boosters, and fences. Bosses orchestrate the crime rings, deploying boosters, who range from petty criminals to well-paid “professionals,” to acquire specific quantities of specific items that are then fed back into the retail pipeline by fences. Stolen merchandise makes it way back into the retail chain through various avenues, from online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon to flea markets and standalone brick-and-mortar stores. Large national retailers have helped lead the charge in responding to and heading off ORC, helping to form several organizations dedicated to that purpose. New technologies have been invented to counter booster tactics like shelf sweeping and to better identify and track boosters as they move between retailers. Future efforts will require greater coordination and collaboration between businesses large and small and law enforcement on the national and local level.

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  • FBI Warns of Rise in Disgruntled Employees Stealing Data
    Wall Street Journal (09/23/14) Barrett, Devlin

    The FBI said Tuesday that it has seen a spike in the number of disgruntled employees who steal company information, sometimes as part of an effort to extort money from previous employers. There have been cases in which individuals used their access to destroy data, steal software, obtain customer data, make unauthorized purchases, and gain a competitive edge at a new job, the FBI said. A common way to steal information, the FBI noted, is to use cloud storage accounts and personal e-mail. Sometimes, terminated employees still have remote access to the company’s system. Organizations that have recently been victimized by data theft have suffered losses of $5,000 to $3 million. The FBI reports that some employees have attempted to extort their employer by restricting access to company Web sites, disabling certain functions in content management systems, or conducting distributed denial-of-service attacks. Companies are advised to quickly end departed employees’ access to computer systems, and change administrative passwords after IT personnel quit or are terminated.

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