Monthly Archives: August 2017

Engaged Employees = More Tips

Posted on August31, 2017
Gallup’s recent State of the Worker report indicates that employee engagement in the United States is the highest it’s been in years – at 33%.  Two out of three workers in the US are not engaged in the job they do or the company they work for. Why does this matter to investigative teams?  Low engagement impacts more than just employee productivity.  At best, employees who are “not engaged” are less likely to be concerned enough about their work environment…
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Cyber-Intruders Make Data Security and Auditing More Important Than Ever

Posted on August26, 2017
Ransomware has been in the news lately due to a few widespread attacks.  In most cases, ransomware spreads by spam – millions of sketchy emails get sent in the hopes that a few people will follow a link that downloads malware onto a networked computer, infecting the company. Ransomware is plenty scary (and plenty expensive), but government agencies should be even more alert for a more sophisticated technique called "spear-phishing” that targets the owners of high-value data.  Since the data…
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If It Looks Too Good to Be True…..

Posted on August19, 2017
Many of the greatest frauds in history are stunningly obvious with the benefit of hindsight.  A recent article on the conviction of pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli points out this very fact, placing blame on the victims’ decision to chase financial returns they may not have even believed could be legally gained – instead believing that the fraud wouldn’t collapse before they made out handsomely.  In many cases, plenty of investors do just fine in these fraudulent schemes, effectively taking from…
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Beware! Government Computers Are a Prime Ransomware Target

Posted on August13, 2017
Ransomware has become a major problem in the last few years – statistics vary, but everyone agrees that the number of attacks increased several fold in 2016, and several fold again in 2017.  They inflicted over a billion dollars of damage.  Investigators are especially susceptible to ransomware attacks, both because the information they collect is not easily replaceable, and also because it’s extremely sensitive.  Are your employee inboxes destined to cause a major problem for your agency this year?  …
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The Threat of Money Laundering

Posted on August06, 2017
Money laundering remains a key part of most financial corruption.  If the money changing hands is easily tracked, it’s usually not that difficult to determine when improper behavior is at play.  Once investigators lose the ability to follow the money, they lose the ability to talk to everyone involved in the chain of illegal activity.    Of course, that’s not to say that improper behavior involving money laundering can’t be cracked.  Just in the past week, former New York legislator…
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