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Safeguard Your Company from Identity Theft

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on March 17, 2008

If you want to safeguard your company from identity theft, know your employees. Make sure they are who they say they are. At a minimum this requires that you check references and do thorough background checks, including credit and criminal records. This helps validate an employee’s identity and ensures that the given identity is not being used illegally to obtain work or access to corporate data. Identity monitoring services are available to help businesses verify their employees’ identities. Electronic information is especially vulnerable these days with the proliferation of employee laptops and other personal digital assistant (PDA) devices that allow employees to carry information out of the office or access it remotely.

Knowing your employees and their histories could help prevent a massive data breach. If a breach should occur, it is important that businesses act immediately and implement better information handling procedures. Have all employees sign a confidentiality agreement, develop policies for appropriate use of laptops and PDAs, and issue regular reminders and updates regarding the company’s security policies. Businesses should keep tabs on information acquisition, storage, access, disposal, and distribution. Finally, make sure you have disciplinary procedures in place for violations and erect access barriers for terminated employees.

Bryan Ansley
Secure Identity Systems
Brentwood, Tenn.

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