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Keep Still, and They Will Not See You

December 14th, 2016 Comments off

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One of the latest viral trends is the ‘mannequin challenge’, and there have been some very creative ones. Even professional sports teams, celebrities and a group of guests at the White House got in on the fad.

Sometimes people will go to great lengths to get views.

When corporations conduct social media investigations on existing or potential employees, they typically look to see if that individual posted anything on their profile that may suggest they could be involved in criminal behaviour, radical affiliations or views not aligned with workplace human resource policies.

Well, would you believe that someone posted a video on Facebook of a bunch of friends, heavily armed doing the mannequin challenge? Once the police and thousands of other viewers saw the video, they were arrested.

Believe it. There are many more background screening and social media investigations examples. It is always worth a look.

Miss Florida Stripped

September 20th, 2016 Comments off

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While in Florida at the ASIS annual conference on behalf of AFIMAC and FocusPoint, I caught a story on TV about a recent Miss Florida contest.

After Genesis Davila had won the crown, it was alleged that she had used professional hair and makeup services in her room, which is against pageant rules. Ms. Davila was stripped of her title and crown in the days following. Although there were alleged complaints from eyewitnesses, the damning evidence against Ms. Davila came from her Instagram account, showing her having her makeup done by a 3rd party.

Currently, Ms. Davila is suing for damages in excess of $15 million, sighting amongst other things, that the photo she posted of having her makeup done was taken the week before, not on the pageant day. If what Ms. Davila claims about the photo is true, it is possible pageant organizers jumped the gun without a thorough investigation.

In the corporate world, dealing with rule breakers, theft, WPV, harassment, and employees using drugs is something you would like to deal with quickly. Also, although a social media investigation is a good first step, following up with an employee interview and physical investigation is beneficial to support a termination and court proceedings if required.

 

They Did What to a Duck!?

September 7th, 2016 Comments off

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Working in the security industry and following social media, I have learned not to be surprised by the sheer stupidity and lack of morality of some people.

Recently, some vandals decided to topple an iconic sandstone rock formation, nicknamed the ‘Duckbill’. Why would someone do that? Luckily it was caught on video, but unfortunately, the Duckbill is in thousands of pieces.

Last week my street was the target of several car break-ins again. I live on a cul-de-sac with very little traffic and a forest at the bottom of the street that is attractive to criminals. Two thieves simultaneously worked each side of the road, checking every car door to see if it was unlocked and took what was of value and moved on.

They even stole an unlocked car with the keys in it.  The owner thought he would help his wife out by leaving the keys in the vehicle on his way to work just minutes before the criminals came walking by.

I know the details of what happened because my home security cameras caught some of the action.

I heard neighbours saying, “How could someone do that?” and “How do they sleep at night?” Well, as noted above, you just cannot be surprised at what some people will do. So prepare for it. To start, leave your exterior lights on and lock your vehicles.

If you are a business, have a site security audit performed and put contingencies in place. Ensure your parking lot lighting is adequate. Have clear plans for an emergency evacuation. Run mock exercises, educate and provide training for workplace harassment and bullying. Also, don’t forget to provide refresher courses from time to time, so nothing falls through the quacks.

The Daily Ledger interviews Global Security Consultant Adam Curtis on Social Media Censorship

June 9th, 2016 Comments off

On June 7, 2016, AFIMAC Senior Director of Corporate Investigations, Adam Curtis was interviewed regarding social media and censorship on The Daily Ledger.

 

Tryna Look Cute

May 11th, 2016 Comments off

Billboard magazine published a feature article on Fifth Harmony, a musical group that included a photo of the entire band. Unfortunately, it seems that Billboard’s graphic artist accidentally placed two right feet on one of the group members (Brooke Hernandez) while modifying the image.

Brooke took it in stride (pun intended), and made a comment about it on social media, which gained a lot of fan support since the gaffe wasn’t her doing.

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What you see may not be the reality, and this is often the case when companies promote their service offerings. Always vet a company against competitors, and ensure to follow up with their past clients as references.

Don’t get caught with a service provider ‘tryna look cute’ when they really have two left feet.

Caught Cheating

April 27th, 2016 Comments off

nikeRecently, a nineteen-year-old cyclist was banned from competing for six years for using a bike with a hidden motor in it. I didn’t even realize this was possible, but after reading the story and watching this video of motorized bikes, it is doable and remarkable.

I find it surprising that individuals would cheat at this level of sport, knowing that there is technology to catch foul play; no different than the technology used to cheat. But, I suppose that the real race in cheating is staying ahead of technology.

This topic can relate back to the corporate world. If people are consistently inventing ways to steal from your business, what are you doing to counter it? Whether you apply new technology, use social media for intelligence, penetration testing, security audits or investigations, you have to think like someone trying to beat the existing system, and stay a step ahead.

AFIMAC Global in Canadian HR Report: Hunting for Clues Online

April 19th, 2016 Comments off

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You Made Your Bed, Now Lie in It

February 23rd, 2016 Comments off

ME_SEP_DT_generic_FootballOne thing that has always pained me when playing team sports is when the rest of the team has to suffer consequences for another teammates actions. All too often during a close game, a teammate will do something that makes the team lose valuable time, field position, points and potentially the game.

Are we responsible to stop a teammate from swearing at the ref because they didn’t agree with the original penalty? We can try and quiet the offender after the fact so it doesn’t get any worse but could we have done something before the game? Absolutely. The team manager knows what that player is like and could have decided to discipline him or kick him off the team – but didn’t.  So the bed is made, now lie in it.

Recently in the news, a 20-year-old man said he received a homophobic Valentine defaced with slurs from a co-worker. The company, Party City now has to deal with the consequences of one of their ‘teammate’s’ actions. Is it fair to say, ‘you made your bed…’ in this case? Was the alleged offender known for stunts like this in the past?

What could Party City have done prior to hiring the alleged offender to verify if they were a potential liability? Background screening and a social media investigation might have helped, but if it didn’t, the company could have at least used pre-employment screening as a defense when the case inevitably ends up in court.

The cost for corporations having to react to something like this far outweighs the minimal expense of pre-employment background screening.

The Importance of Screening

December 23rd, 2015 Comments off

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I believe that there are three options when it comes to pre-employment background screening relating to social media content, a potential candidate’s organizational fit, and legitimacy of their resume.

1.  You can go with your gut, and not conduct any meaningful background screening

a.       Gone are the days that anyone should put any real  stock in personal reference
b.       Not checking into educational claims
c.       Not checking a candidate’s social media activity

2.  Conduct a full background check

a.      Verify past employment and education
b.      Check past employer references
c.      Conduct a social media search

 

3.      Wait for the potential employee to send you unsavory text messages that give you an indication of future behaviour. Like this job seeker did, by sending naked selfies to the HR Director prior to beginning employment

a.      Like this job seeker did, by sending naked selfies to the HR Director prior to beginning employment

 

Okay, the third isn’t really an option I believe in, but it is a good example of why screening is essential.

 

 

 

 

Social Media

January 13th, 2012 Comments off

US Military officials are scrambling to repair the damage after a video was posted online of marines urinating on corpses.  Immediate action for crisis communication is imperative.  Two very bad choices here – one, carrying out the act, two, filming and posting it to social media.

Marine video discredits all Western forces in Afghanistan

By Andre Mayer, CBC News
Jan 12, 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps is the subject of intense condemnation and scrutiny after a video surfaced on Jan. 12 that shows four marines urinating on three dead bodies in Afghanistan. The video description refers to the dead as “Taliban insurgents,” but it is unclear from the images whether they are fighters or civilians.

A marine official confirmed that the men in the video were part of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to its home base in North Carolina last fall after a tour in Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called the footage “completely inhumane” while U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta decried it as “deplorable.”

CBC News spoke to Michel Drapeau, professor of military law at the University of Ottawa and author of the book Military Justice in Action, about how this disclosure reflects on the U.S. military and how it might affect future operations.  Read more

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