11 Data Security Tips to Immunize Your Health Care Organization

by ID Experts


According to the Chinese zodiac, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. I predict that 2013 will be the Year of the Data Breach, at least in healthcare. According to the newly released Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security by Ponemon Institute, 94 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed suffered data breaches. … Continue Reading

SMALL BUSINESS FRAUD: The Danger of Social Engineering

by Deanna Jones CFE


Disturbing news in a recent Washington Post article highlights the insidious dangers of social engineering and the natural human tendency to trust. The piece details the ruse of industry exchanged emails, often with domains or addresses that are trusted and familiar to the receiver, which contain malicious links or attachments. … Continue Reading

When Does a Company Cross the Fraud Line?

by J_Pratt


Reader “Mary P.” shared her story with us in the hopes of helping others avoid her mistake.

On July 29, 2012, Mary’s family was rocked by tragedy when her 21 year old nephew, a student at a college in Pennsylvania, was accidentally electrocuted. Although they were grief stricken, the family wanted to do something positive to remember Nathan by starting a scholarship in his name. On the evening of August 2, 2012, Mary sat down at her laptop to start by obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN). … Continue Reading

About Face: Weighing the Security Risks of Facebook Business Apps

by ID Experts


Having a social media presence and strategy is becoming as much a business prerequisite as having a web site. The business benefits of social networking are obvious. The customers are already there—more than 150 million Americans, 800 million users worldwide— and they are constantly posting personal information that can be leveraged for pinpoint targeting of information and advertising. Businesses can easily take advantage of the information base, the growing ecosystem of Facebook-based business applications, and the Facebook application development platform. … Continue Reading

Employee Fraud: Loyalty or Cover Up?

by Amy Pennock CFE


Every company seems to have one of these employees. They show up early every day, appear to be working hard, don’t take breaks or lunch and leave after everyone is already gone. Work isn’t getting done, no problem, they will work on the weekends. They don’t call in sick and don’t take vacations. They take care of everything, and don’t hesitate to take on other tasks or functions. This might be any business owners dream employee, but beware. … Continue Reading

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