Personnel Security and Corporate Investigations

Company’s strength is dependent on the quality and integrity of its employees. Personnel security is an integral part of corporate security strategy. Recruiting and screening trustworthy, capable, and safe individuals is vital to protect people, assets and proprietary information. Security concerns with an employee should not stop after a person is hired. Moreover, design and implement of a proactive personnel security program for working staff is a top priority of any business to prevent losses, that attributable to waste, theft, embezzlement, conflict of interests, mistakes or unethical behavior.

Surveys reveal that 80% of damage to a firm’s assets is caused by own personnel while only 20% - by external threats. People make mistakes and commit offences, resulting from their incompetence or negligence. Some people unwittingly aid in the commission of security incidents. Other people knowingly violate controls and procedures to cause an incident. Those persons are most often company’s own employees and computer users: they are the ones who know the controls, and know what information of value may be present.

Vlasta-Consulting has the extensive expertise to provide Clients with security clearance assessments and related services in compliance with the international standards. We develop and implement unique screening programs to identify reliable candidates and minimize the risk of employment of dishonest or unprofessional candidates. Our specialists are able to predict workplace violations, foil fraudulent schemes, and reveal conspiracy of top managers. We give timely recommendations what actions should be taken to prevent destructive actions.

Personnel security is everything relating employees: hiring them, training them, monitoring their behavior, motivating them to have interest in best performance, and sometimes, handling their departure. The controls and mechanisms involved in personnel security are many and varied. The best solutions cover such points as: separation of access and duties, auditing privileged access, ongoing training and security awareness, performance reviews and monitoring, checks of any employee who will be in a position of trust or privileged access.

Our capabilities in the field of personnel management include the following services:
  • Suite of procedures for successful employee hiring;
  • Pre-employment screening and background checks (routine and developed);
  • Extra checks of an employee who will be in a position of trust;
  • Employees selection by using tests, psychological and other methods;
  • Implementing structured behavioral interview with applicant;
  • Internal corporate investigations (theft, fraud and other incidents);
  • Investigations aimed at prevention white collar crime;
  • Revealing situation when conflict of interests arises;
  • Preventive measures against dishonest employees and misconduct;
  • Design and implementation of ongoing training program;
  • Internal Safety Program oriented to strong motivation and loyalty of personnel;
  • Analysis of relationships among managers and subordinates;
  • Instructing personnel to deal with any threat correspondence or telephone calls;
  • Support for secure dismissal of employees.

We strongly recommend our Clients to consider the time-tested principles of least privilege and separation of duties. These should be employed wherever practical in their operations. This principle states that employer gives each person the minimum access necessary to do job. This restricted access is both logical (access to accounts, networks, programs) and physical (access to computers, backup tapes, and other peripherals).

Company’s management should beware of the problem, related to key employees. No one in an organization should be irreplaceable, because no human is immortal. If your organization depends on the ongoing performance of a key employee, then your organization is at risk. Organizations cannot help but have key employees. To be secure, organizations should have written policies and plans established for unexpected illness or departure.

Example of In-depth Background Check:
  • Check/verification of passport data;
  • Verification of personal registration (included any temporary registrations);
  • Verification of employee education and previous employment information;
  • Report on the personal assets and vehicles;
  • Record check for any criminal or civil convictions;
  • Confirmation of income during previous employment;
  • Collection of information on the individual from open sources;
  • Data check on participation in any commercial activity as a founder or director;
  • Data check to reveal contacts with known criminals or organized crime groups;
  • Record check with tax authorities (seeking open issues; any evidence of tax evasion);
  • Check on reputation, reliability and business reputation;
  • Collection of data on conviction of immediate family members (upon request of Client).

We inform the applicant that we are performing these checks, and obtain his or her consent. This courtesy will make the checks easier to perform and will put the applicant on notice that we are serious about our precautions.
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