Home Depot to Pay $19.5 Million for Massive Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $19.5 million – $13 million to settle class action lawsuits and $6.5 million for identity protection services – to compensate approximately 40 to 50 million consumers affected by a massive data breach in 2014, according to a report from Reuters.

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U.S. Government Establishes National Background Investigations Bureau to Modernize and Strengthen Federal Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Federal Government has announced a series of changes including the establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to modernize and strengthen the way Federal background checks are conducted and sensitive data protected for Federal employees and contractors.

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FTC Report on Big Data Outlines Benefits and Risks for Businesses and Consumers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues – provides recommendations to businesses on how to properly use “big data” analytics while also highlighting the benefits and risks of “big data” for consumers in …

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Identity Theft Victimized 17.6 Million People in 2014

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An estimated 17.6 million people in the United States – or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older – were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, according to the report Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 from the Bureau …

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Top Trends for Background Checks Examined at ASIS 2015

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help security professionals stay up to date with latest trends in the background check industry, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “Ten Trends for Background Checks” at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits …

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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Present at ASIS 2015

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of the presenters for the session “Identifying and Mitigating Risks from Within” at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) in Anaheim, California. For more information …

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Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Underscores Why Businesses Must Ensure Information Security

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Information security is a critical concern for businesses to prevent embarrassing and costly data breaches that harm a company’s reputation and bottom line. The case of Corona, et al. vs. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. is just one example among many of why businesses need to protect …

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FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Best Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a detailed report – ‘Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World’ – that recommends best practices that businesses can follow to enhance and protect the privacy and security of American consumers in a world of Internet-connected devices.

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Government Will Not Renew Contracts for Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will not renew any contracts set to expire on September 30, 2014 with a private contractor providing most of the government background checks for federal security clearances after the company suffered a security breach, The Washington Post reports.

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Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Officials said a U.S. background check contractor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suffered a data breach that most likely resulted in the theft of personally identifiable information (PII) of some DHS employees, according to a report from The Washington Post.

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