Synthetic Identity Theft is Fastest Growing Financial Crime in United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Synthetic identity theft” – where fraudsters create new identities by combining real and fabricated personal data – is the fastest growing type of financial crime in the United States that is difficult to detect and often unreported, according to a white paper from the U.S. Federal Reserve. …

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Information Security Crucial for Background Screening Companies Accredited by the NAPBS

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn Having information security safeguards in place to protect against unauthorized users and unwanted intrusions caused by data breaches to avoid identity theft and fraud is crucial for background screening companies accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). The NAPBS, a non-profit trade association representing the …

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Massachusetts Data Breach Notification Law Amendments Take Effect April 11

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 11, 2019, amendments passed in 2018 by the Massachusetts legislature to the Data Breach Notification Law will take effect and impose additional requirements on companies covered by the law that suffer a data breach involving the personal information of Massachusetts residents.

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Survey Reveals Nine Out of Ten IT and Security Professionals Feel Vulnerable to Insider Threats

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report entitled “State of Insider Threats in the Digital Workplace 2019” released by SaaS (Software as a Service) Operations Management platform BetterCloud has revealed that 91 percent of IT (Information Technology) and security professionals surveyed feel vulnerable to insider threats.

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U.S. Senate Banking Committee Invites Feedback on Information Security Issues in Financial Sector

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs is inviting feedback on information security issues that include the collection, use, and protection of sensitive information by financial regulators and private companies, according to a press release on the Committee’s website.

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Background Check Expert Tells SHRM that Screening Firms Need to Ensure Information Security

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers and screening firms conducting background checks will feel “pressure” to ensure information security and will be “interested in how artificial intelligence (AI) technology will improve the screening experience in 2019,” according to an article from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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Data Breach Concerns Lead to Increased Focus on Information Security with Screening Firms in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Background check firms in the United States (U.S.) will have to show their data breach protection and information security capabilities as well as compliance with privacy laws on domestic and international fronts in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® …

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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Successfully Completes SOC 2® Type 2 Data Security Audit for 2018

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has announced that independent auditors conducting an SSAE 18 SOC 2® Type 2 audit of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of January 2018 through June 2018 have issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report that …

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FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies Over False Claims of Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that four companies agreed to settle allegations that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key framework provision, according to an FTC press …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual Privacy Shield Re-Certification for 2018

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its self-certification of adherence to the Privacy Shield Framework has been finalized and is effective as of September 26, 2018.

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