Tag Archives: Security

FTC Shares Tips on How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks Such as WannaCry

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled ‘Ransomware worries? Keep up to date’ that shares tips on how to avoid ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that affected the computer systems of organizations around the world in May 2017, and suggests people update their own operating systems and other software and keep them up to date. Continue reading

Security Experts Call WannaCry Ransomware Attack One of the Largest Global Cyberattacks Ever

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Security experts are calling “WannaCry” (also known as “WannaCrypt”) one of the biggest cyberattacks ever after the ransomware program took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spread to 150 countries and infect at least 200,000 computers around the world by locking down all files and allowing hackers to demand a $300 ransom in bitcoins for their release, according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

Report Recommends Increased Employee Screening of Airport Workers to Mitigate Insider Threats

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff has issued a report entitled ‘America’s Airports: The Threat From Within’ that examines employee screening at the approximately 450 airports in the U.S. under federal control and found that “much more needs to be done to improve the state of access controls and mitigate the insider threat facing America’s aviation sector.” Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Successfully Completes 2016 SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background screening firm, has announced that independent auditors conducting a SOC (Service Organization Control) 2® Type 2 examination of ESR’s operations for the six month testing period of January 2016 through June 2016 have issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report that states ESR management maintained effective controls over the privacy, security, and confidentiality of its employee screening system. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Co-Present Session on Background Checks at 2016 AELC Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will co-present a session on workplace security and background checks at the 2016 American Employment Law Council (AELC) Conference taking place from October 19, 2016, to October 22, 2016, at The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. Continue reading

Security Added to Rio Olympic Games Days before Opening Ceremonies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The total number of security officers deployed for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5, 2016, to August 21, 2016, has increased significantly just days before the opening ceremonies, according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

Orlando Nightclub Shooter was Employed by International Security Company

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

International security company G4S confirmed in a statement posted on the G4S.com website that Omar Mateen – the shooter who killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016 in the deadliest mass shooting in American history – was an employee. The full statement from G4S about the Orlando nightclub shootings is below: Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Announces Completion of 2015 SOC 2 Type 2 Data Security Audit

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Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading nationwide accredited background screening firm, has announced that independent auditors conducted a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2® examination of its operations for the six month testing period of January 2015 through June 2015 and issued a SOC 2® Type 2 report stating that ESR management maintained effective controls over the security, confidentiality, and privacy of its employee screening system and related data. Continue reading

Identity Theft Victimized 17.6 Million People in 2014

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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 of Justice Statistics (BJS). Continue reading

Top Trends for Background Checks Examined at ASIS 2015

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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 (ASIS 2015) in Anaheim, California. For more information about ASIS 2015, please visit ASIS 2015 webpage. Continue reading