Minneapolis, MN, (PRWEB) February 2, 2006 —
Late last year, 70,000 Ford Motor Company employees went missing. Not the people themselves: just their names, addresses and social security numbers. They were on a laptop thought to have been stolen from the company in November. Weeks before, the Marriott Corporation lost a computer backup tape with the names and social security numbers of 206,000 timeshare clients and Marriott employees.
"These are business nightmares," says Greg Mohn, CEO of Orange Tree Employment Screening, a business with more than 15 years of experience handling employee and other sensitive data. Formerly know as Personnel Research Services (PRS), the company has changed its name to Orange Tree to differentiate itself from other, more basic "personnel research" companies. Mohn’s company offers simple to complex background research using data on thousands of workers and prospective employees for businesses—from the corner storefront to Fortune 500 companies.
Orange Tree is making a major technological upgrade this year in anticipation of regulatory changes likely in the wake of security breaches like those at ChoicePoint, LexisNexis and Citigroup. The company has just opened an information center at a hardened data facility in Clear Lake, Iowa, accessible only by dual-network fiber optic lines. The facility is touted as "tornado proof” and has on-site electrical generators and remote backup capacity in another Iowa city.
"Businesses today live and die on the data they use to make their decisions—from what they sell to the people they hire—and there are risks at nearly every turn," Mohn said. "You can't just offer quality research or good customer service, as we've done for years. Every service you offer in this legal and business climate has to be firmly rooted in accuracy and trust."
However, businesses are demanding more and more research on their employees and they want it done faster than ever—which is part of the reason they're facing new security hazards. As a result, Orange Tree's new operations, including new servers and state-of-the-art computer security, aren't only about data and process integrity. This major technology upgrade means Orange Tree can provide detailed, customized results in record time.
"It used to be they wanted turn-around in a week or maybe days," Mohn said. "Now they want it in hours. You've got to be responsive to your clients, and if you don't make the right infrastructure investments now, pretty soon, you aren't going to measure up."
About Orange Tree Employment Screening:
Founded in 1990, Orange Tree has become one of the most reputable employment screening firms in the United States. The company helps hundreds of businesses each year hire applicants who are safe, honest, and competent and who are the best fit for the job requirements. Unlike other employment screening companies, Orange Tree provides research information on candidates through an in-depth, hands-on, High-Touch™ process. For more information, please call 1-800-886-4777, or visit: http://www.orangetreescreening.com.
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