Tag: HR

A Clear and Present Danger: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

On Monday, November 19, emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal was shot outside her workplace, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago’s south side. According to sources, the shooter, Juan Lopez, was angry with her over a broken engagement, leading to yet another workplace active shooter situation. While coworkers can be the perpetrators of workplace violence, […]

Using Employee Surveys to Measure Security Issues

It’s easy for security professionals to make assumptions about what their facilities need in terms of new security devices or policies. After all, that’s their business, right? In reality, they may have some gaps in their perceptions of what is best for the facility because they have not taken the time to ask the end-users—the […]

Social Engineering Means Cybersecurity Depends on Human Resources

Some believe that our increasing reliance on technology has lessened the importance of humans in today’s workplace, but just the opposite is true. Although technology can help us work more efficiently, humans remain the central motor that drives all endeavors forward. This means human resources (HR) must play a role in cybersecurity.

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Accountability is Key When Combating Bullying

In part 1 of this article we explored what Catherine Mattice, a consultant, coach, and trainer had to offer about workplace bullying, including where it parallels harassment and what the differences are under the law. Today we’ll look at the importance of accountability as well as some methods for preventing bullying.

Is It Always Necessary to Meet the Subject of a Threat Assessment?

We know it takes a team effort and a multidisciplinary approach to solve the complex problem of workplace violence prevention. Successful threat assessments require information and conversation. We must know as much as possible about the subject making the threat and his or her intended targets. And we must be able to ask questions, get […]

Protecting Data from Departing Employees

Countless formal and informal studies show that most employees retain at least some company data when they leave a job. The reasons vary from the benign (like when an employee inadvertently keeps a work flash drive) to the more malicious (in the case of an employee’s deliberate theft of company trade secrets for use at […]

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The Security Risks Posed by Old Paper Work

There are broad impacts when a major retail business moves to shutter its operations, especially when that business is the size of Circuit City, Borders Books and Music, or Toys “R” Us. In the case of the latter, the rapid closing of the toy giant left 31,000 employees without work and almost 800 properties vacant. […]