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Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Present at ASIS 2015

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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 about ASIS 2015, please visit https://securityexpo.asisonline.org/Pages/default.aspx. Continue reading

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

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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 data. Continue reading

FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Best Practices

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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. Continue reading

Government Will Not Renew Contracts for Background Checks

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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. Continue reading

Data Breach Hits DHS Background Check Contractor

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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. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Completes SOC 2 Data Security Audit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Independent auditors conducting a comprehensive Service Organization Control (SOC) 2(SM) examination of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading nationwide accredited background check firm –  have issued a SOC 2(SM) report stating ESR maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of employee screening system data. This SOC 2 report ensures ESR meets the current high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect customer and third-party information. To learn more about SOC 2 reports, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/SOC-2/. Continue reading

Senate Committee Hearing on Navy Yard Tragedy Examining Government Background Checks Set for October 1

A hearing titled ‘The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks’ will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the recent Navy Yard shooting and the role of background checks in the government.  The hearing will be held in Room SD-342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. beginning at 10:30 AM. For more information, visit http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/the-navy-yard-tragedy-examining-government-clearances-and-background-checks. Continue reading

Background Check of National Security Agency Leaker Found to be Inadequate

A federal review of the most recent background check conducted on former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has found that the security clearance investigation of Snowden – who later leaked classified government documents about secret surveillance programs – was inadequate, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The article from the WSJ is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324906304579039381125706104.html. Continue reading

Company Responsible for Screening Edward Snowden Investigated for Alleged Inadequate Background Checks

The private contractor responsible for the security clearance screening of Edward Snowden – who later leaked classified documents to the media that revealed a secret surveillance program by the National Security Agency (NSA) – is under investigation by the federal government for allegedly conducting inadequate background checks, according to a report by The Charlotte Observer. The full story is available at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/20/4119462/contractor-responsible-for-snowdens.html. Continue reading

New Privacy Laws for Collection and Use of Personal Data of Consumers Focus on Background Checks

In an effort to create stronger privacy protections for consumers, several states passed laws in 2012 regarding the collection and use of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of applicants and employees by employers during background checks, or had important privacy regulations passed in previous years take effect. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requiring nine data broker companies that collect and sell personal information of consumers to reveal their privacy practices or lack thereof. The increased regulations for greater privacy protections for data collected during background checks is Trend Number 4 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading