Minimizing Risks from Contractors and Temporary Employees
Security Magazine (07/01/15) Zalud, Bill
Companies rarely consider the negative security implications that come with working with contractors and subcontractors. This can be a very big mistake. There have been multiple high-impact examples of contractors revealing sensitive information, most famously Edward Snowden burning the NSA. There are a few ways for companies to make sure they are hiring only the best contractors. Make background checks a priority. Thomson Reuters has a tool called CLEAR, which provides public and proprietary records with real-time data, graphical connections between people, addresses, and numbers, integrated web searching, and customized reports. Another firm called HireRight provides criminal background checks, verifications, and drug and health screening. Companies should also check social media before contracting anyone. Ultimately, the goal should be to treat temps and contract workers the same way you would in-house employees. They all bring the same potential threats the table and only a thorough review can weed out the good options from the very bad ones.