Self-Incrimination vs. File-Encryption: Digital Forensics and the Loss of 5th Amendment Rights

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn ruled that a defendant in a digital forensics criminal case must turn over the unencrypted contents of her currently encrypted laptop. The defendant, Ramona Fricosu of Colorado, is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and providing false statements to financial institutions in connection with her alleged involvement in […]

Undercover Boss: Where Reality TV Intersects with the Workplace

Undercover Boss, is a reality television series that places the CEO’s or Presidents of businesses in entry-level positions to work alongside unwary lower-level employees.  Usually, the CEO’s of large businesses are so far up the chain of command, they lack exposure to the day-to-day activities of the employees who drive their companies’ profitability. The show, […]

Pain Killers and Heroin in the Workplace

As an employer, how do you know if an employee is taking prescribed pain killers at work and may be addicted? What happens if the prescription for the medication has expired and now the employee is buying illegally obtained medication or even worse, has substituted heroin for the similar effect? In a combined years report […]

Marijuana Trends 2017 A Visual Guide for Employers

Imagine you’re a supervisor, walking the production floor.  As you pass a group of employees, you overhear two young men conversing: “Yeah, we were dabbing all night, you should have come down.  I picked up some skywalker wax and my buddy brought his new vape, we were so lit.  How about you? We were at […]

“Professional Applicants” are an Emerging Threat to Businesses

By Rory Montez and Patricia Kotze Since the economic downturn of 2007, many Americans have dealt with decreased wages, less chances for pay increases, and being asked by employers to “do more with less.” A recent report from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors indicates under-employment is rampant.  The report includes figures from the Census […]

The Billion Dollar Competitor; Intellectual Property Theft

By Yvette Rabago Are you familiar with the concept of Intellectual Property? Are you an owner of Intellectual Property? Is your company a victim of intellectual property theft? Is it possible you’ve been victimized and don’t even realize it? Intellectual Property is an original creative thought or design with commercial value which has been trademarked, […]

Internal Affairs: When Situations Demand Investigation

By Rory Montez Employers must ensure safe and productive workplaces. When employees feel that is not the case, they often complain to management. If an employee makes such a complaint, it is your responsibility to perform an investigation to determine the veracity of the claim and, if valid, to ensure a remedy. You must respond […]

Metal Theft: Too Costly To Ignore

By Rory Montez   In 2007, the U.S. scrap metal business grew to a $61 billion dollar industry. High demand for scrap metal from China, India, Malaysia, Korea, and Japan continues to escalate, as economic growth feeds industrial expansion; commercial construction, factory production, and telecommunication systems require large quantities of raw metals. Scrap metals seeing […]

Access Control – The Bottom Line!

By Frank Faulk IV, CPP I find myself performing Security Surveys, Physical Security Analyses, Risks Analyses and Vulnerability Reports for many new clients each year. I go through each process very methodically using my own comprehensive outlines, so I don’t miss much. After almost twenty years of writing such reports, I can honestly conclude the […]