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The weak link of the company: unfaithful employees

dipendinfedeliIt’s one of the greatest dangers in companies both big and small. Loyal, disciplined and educated employees, but that in front of a good sum of money or a prestigious position can sell information and confidential data.

According to a recent research, behind the office desk, 3 of 5 they shop online or go to the website of their bank, while half “attended” social networks. A risky behavior, so businesses become vulnerable for what concerns the safety online. The “perpetrators” would be the most loyal employees, liabilities and “cynical bored”, the real weak link in the chain of IT security.

640 of 1000 interviewees are convinced that it’s the company to have “vaccinated” them as bugs and by other web hazards. One in three even thinks that security is equivalent to less innovation. The result? Many surfers without protection, and a company boat at risk.
But it would be enough to implement control systems for computers that invisibly protect companies from undercover criminals . Because they are often the same companies to protect employees from any risk, but not the opposite.

Stalking in the company, arrested an employee

interno-ufficio1For nine times he emptied a bottle of water on the printer sending it into a tailspin. The woman reported also to have found crosses marked on the photographs of her sons. For a number of “teasing” whose motive is still unclear, a 65 year old man, an official of the Government, was joined by a ban of approach to the victim. The alleged offense is of stalking as well as damage to the detriment of the Government.

After the lawsuit against unidentified persons formulated by the worker, the police installed hidden cameras inside the office: the man was shot twice while he poured water on the computer desk, causing short-circuiting at the electrical system. The woman had not been able to indicate the person responsible for the facts, but for the anxiety aroused from what happened had to resort to medical care.

Stories of ordinary management in public and private companies in the same manner. Mischief, deceit, theft of objects and information. And the consequences can be far more serious than a broken printer. The damages are for the employees if  between them have jealousy and envy, but also to the detriment of the company in case of theft of information, crucial for the future of the itself.

For this reason it’s important to have great surveillance systems to avoid the risk of “teasing” and cunning within companies. Very often it’s where there is no doubt about staff and external personnel that will consume the worst misdeeds.

Video surveillance helps companies

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In the companies, each year, are discovered about 6 million thieves, without mention the cases who are without guilties. In times of crisis, as in recent years, also increased thefts. From some researches carried out in England, 78% of the losses of stock (or inventory shortages) comes from dishonesty employees.
The most sought-after goods are obviously the ones more expensive, but also those in common use that can be more easily sold.
The safety systems, in the retail field, are increased of 65% over the last 12 months.
It’s fully integrated systems, which in addition to the cameras, are equipped with 24-24h monitoring also through smatphone, tablets and PCs, access control through biometric locks, access control systems with burglar alarms and tag details.

Video surveillance is, therefore, necessary not only against external theft, but also against theft by unfaithful employees. As we have seen other times, there isn’t a “modus operandi” that uniquely distinguishes the thieves, so you can monitor a company internally only with a good integrated control system.
There are those who merely use business tools for personal purposes, but also those who steal, who makes real sabotage or vandalism, who sell data, informations and trade secrets to competitors or aiding and abetting acts of unfair competition.
In this regard, it’s also essential a physical analysis of the “context”, ie, the organization of spaces until set policies and control procedures that govern the life of the company and its employees. This can be done with the help of specialized companies in the field.

To these prevention and deterrence systems, it also adds the usefulness of the surveillance studies about customers and purchases. In fact, the same recognition technologies allow you to track real identikit of customers and categorize them by type. So, video surveillance, isn’t only an effective method to protect themselves from theft and damages, but it’s also an excellent tool for evaluating and screening the market.

The company must have always very clear ideas about how it wants to manage its own security, and the technology must serve its needs of protection. So the company has to rely on professionals in the security and surveillance field, avoiding waste of time and money with mediocre systems that not only are inefficient, but also make real damages to the company. In conclusion, the safety is a choice and at the same time a liability at the base of corporate policies .

Theft in the company: the video cameras unmask the unexpected

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To give the alarm that there was a leak in the warehouse was the accountant. “What do you think you’re doing? There is a gap in sales”, he reprimanded the customer. The entrepreneur, a 43-year old with a prosperous trade activities in the food industry, was incredulous. No doubt, at that point, for the reason of the inconsistencies in the accounting books: someone was stealing in the warehouses.

An unfaithful employee? How to find out him? After days of anxieties and worries and sleepless nights, the entrepreneur has searched on the internet. He found an Italian company leader in the security and surveillance field and he called to this.
After a careful evaluation, he has placed four micro cameras at strategic points in the company and waited. So he discovered that the robbers were two unexpected in the company: a shipper and an employee. Licensed, have not been reported for theft but they were asked, through the Civil Court to return the amount of the stolen goods, about 60,000 euros.

But let’s see how they acted. The shipper was a man of thirty-seven, he loaded the truck and carried the goods to the destination. He cheated the company by changing the shipments. On the electronic register he marked, for example, ten bottles departing, in fact he took twenty bottles. The recorded ten bottles were sold regularly to the recipient, the ten in excess sold at undervalue. So the company suffered a double loss: the goods disappeared and decreased turnover as some customers were buying stolen goods more than regular, saving money and filling the pockets of the shipper.

The trick would go on for at least six months during which the employee would have cashed about 25 thousand euro. But his theft activities against the company was not limited to this, because in addition to the stolen merchandise for sale, there were the goods subtracted for his own consumption: the employee was shopping for himself and his family, for free, in the corporate warehouse.
The evidence gathered were placed in the recordings of the cameras in the company. The electronic eye would also picked up the illegal shopping of another unsuspecting employee, a reliable 43-year old who, according to the charges, she had stolen merchandise for years.

The two employees, after they were discovered, they have behaved differently. He, after admitting all, returned the 25 thousand euro established by the decree of the civil court. But she, that according to the court must give the company 35 thousand euro, would have tried (in vain) to make opposition.

“In this way I saved my company after corporate infidelity”

Business problems and supportAn Endoacustica Europe‘s customer, leader company in security and surveillance field, sent an email in which he exposed his problem of corporate infidelity and explained how he arrived at a solution.
“I’m the administrator of a big company operating in the production of electronic components, and about 9 months ago I was the victim of a case of infidelity company.

I contacted Endoacustica Europe because many of my customers had suspended the request of supply for some time, without give convincing reasons and responding in evasive manner to any requests of explainations. With the same I had an exclusive supply contract for components, so I began to suspect that there was a hypothetical company, in the same field, which had made contact with the customers of my company. To be honest, I didn’t suspect of my employees.

I then decided to see what was happening through micro cameras recommended by the Endoacustica Europe’s team in order to unmask the presumed crime and document the investigation with tangible evidence. The hidden cameras have fulfilled my expectations.
I placed the tools in different places, working and recreational, and I monitored the incoming and outgoing phone calls. Then, I waited. Through some internal telephone calls, I understood that two employees of my company had started their own business.

I’ve narrowed the inquiry field and I easily picked up numerous evidence about the customers who have strayed from my company. They have been (incorrectly) stolen from the rival company by the two disloyal employees.
With the evidence gathered I was able to start criminal proceedings against my former employees, and I’m going to have a substantial financial compensation. Thank you very much for your help, I’d be on the brink of bankruptcy if I hadn’t acted in time and with the right tools!”.

Stories of this type are more and more frequent especially in this time of economic crisis in which it’s difficult to attract customers. Act in time with professional tools is often the key to recovery a company. Endoacustica Europe offers a wide range of technologic products at competitive prices that allow video surveillance in a discreet manner of environments and people.

Employees and social networks

Once you have finished a job interview has become habit that the owner and the interviewee run on facebook or other social networks to investigate attitudes and preferences of the interlocutor. “Browse” would be the most appropriate term to define this established practice which aims to obtain as much informations as possible about the subject to assume or, on the other hand, the person to impress.

social_networking_sites (1)The law has reiterated in recent days, that the employer can’t obligate an employee, during the job interview, to access to his social profiles, perhaps under the guise of assessing attitudes and predispositions in the management of his profile. But nobody forbids to observe the public profile.

In California, entered into force the Social Media Privacy Act, the most important U.S. law regarding the new digital scenarios, to defend the rights of workers and students. Despite the surprise of many, the law states that the boss can have access to private accounts in the case of suspected misconduct of the employee.

The ACLU, historical American Association for Civil Rights, has pointed out that the law doesn’t protect the young, the students, who often receive numerous requests for access by staff of the attended school. Open the question about the possibility of the boss to “enter” in electronic devices in use of the employees.

In Italy there isn’t legislation that specifically regulates the control of social profiles, there is only a ban to investigate on political and religious opinion, trade union, or other areas not relevant for the work. But these don’t create great interest by administrators of the companies.

According to a report of the New York Times, U.S. employees can glimpse in the social network a safe place to express themselves freely and without fear, even if the criticism against the owner. In confirmation of this, the National Labor Relations Board, an agency of the U.S. government that monitors the correctness of industrial relations, has declared itself in favor of workers in the delicate matter of network behaviors by stating, among other things, illegal the restrictions imposed to the use of social media.

So, if on one hand they want restrict the use of social, on the other hand the employee control is often impossible. Many business leaders, given the persistent news of confidential data leakage and corporate espionage, have resorted to special tools for the remote PC control or have installed video surveillance systems able to stem the phenomenon of industrial infidelity and maintain their dignified image even on social networks.