Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 26, 2006
As many as 106,000 individuals associated with the University of Texas are at risk because their personal information, including social security numbers, may have been accessed despite the school’s commitment to remove this information from student records. In response to this recent incident, Integrated Screening Partners (ISP) is releasing a white paper entitled, “ Is Your Information Safe with Your Screening Provider” to educate HR professionals about current employee screening security risks.
In the paper, ISP offers tips for evaluating screening providers’ security and ensuring the safety of applicants’ records. While all industries are at risk, as evidenced by the recent breaches, screening providers risk more than just their own employees’ records — they risk those of their clients as well. HR professionals can no longer afford to be complacent about due diligence when it comes to personnel records, and this often means more closely investigating HR vendors as well as internal systems.
ISP recognizes the potential dangers of retroactive system updates and maintains their commitment to information protection best practices in an increasingly dangerous environment.
“The current incident is unfortunate and a major problem for many universities, corporations and background screening companies,” said ISP CEO and Founder Jeff Collins. “At ISP, we recognized that security was paramount from the beginning, and we have allocated resources ensuring the security of the database and our physical location.”
In the white paper, ISP offers five signs to watch for when engaging a background screening provider:
1. Disparate systems
2. The sale of any data to outside buyers
3. Automated data collection systems
4. Lack of a physical security system
5. Lack of a data security system
If any of these signs are present, the organization could be at high risk for a security breach. While many screening providers, and HR professionals in general, are learning the dangers of insufficient security systems and beginning to upgrade, a holistic approach to security and an early adopter strategy create less opportunities for loss. For example, universities have known the dangers of affiliating social security numbers with student profiles for years, and yet incomplete updates provided the opportunity for access to this information.
For more information about the dangers of insufficient security and the signs of a safe provider, read “Is Your Information Safe with Your Screening Provider” from ISP. For more about ISP, access their website at http://www.integratedscreening.com.
About Integrated Screening Partners
Integrated Screening Partners (ISP) understands the importance of investing in human capital, and our goal is to provide the essential information required to make the right hiring decisions in the shortest amount of time possible. Our global client list includes Fortune 100, small and midsize companies as well as education institutions and trade associations.
ISP provides a service level that clients were not aware that they were missing. To learn more, contact us for your customized report to help you recruit, hire and retain quality employees.
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