There are many ways that business owners can protect their electronic information from current or former employees.
We recently terminated one of our employees (Lower Level IT) for cause and with extreme prejudice. This employee immediately deleted all emails and drive information thinking that he was been smarter than everyone else and the employers could find out what he was up to. Unfortunately for that employee it did not work, CASG uses G Suite Vault that maintains all electronic data sent and received for 10 years as company policy. This is a very useful tool for employers who uses G Suite as their email handler since the employee can completely clear all the information from their account but the employer is the only one with access to the backup file.
It is very interesting to find out (normally after the fact) what employees are up to and what kind of information they are sending using your business email. Staying 10 steps ahead of your employees and not allowing everyone to know all the trades and secrets of your organization (even if they think they know everything) is imperative to maintain honesty within your business an employees. This will eliminate the need (like it happened to us) to begin emailing all the customer who the employee provided erroneous information and and having to apologizing on behalf of the company.
1. We recommend to business owners to use some sort of electronic message backup that works in the background and maintains all your company data safe. G Suite Vault is what we use but there are many more out there that you can use.
2. Have all employees sign electronic and email monitoring agreement, ensure the agreement states that all data contained in that account are sole proprietary information of your business and is been monitored.
3. Don't wait until an employee is released to review their account. Keep everyone honest by conducting a weekly review of account (could be random) and data to ensure you can do damage control early.
4. If you have the ability to do so, like we did, maintain your main IT and Cyber personnel separated from the location where you have the main bulk of employees. They work in the background and report directly to the Top Level Executives. We also had them set up monitoring systems at the office with micro-fiber video and audio, so we get stories from the employees, but we know the truth even before we confront them about it. Say one step ahead of your personnel.
Hope this small post help some business owners to maintain their data protected and at the same time help employees stay honest, that is very hard to find these days.
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Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: "(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States."
Terrorists and insurgents are turning to crime and criminal networks for funding and logistics. In FY 2010, 29 of the 63 top drug trafficking organizations identified by the Department of Justice had links to terrorist organizations. In Latin America, for example, the FARC and Hezbollah gain access to Venezuelan territory without fear of reprisals; they gain access to Venezuelan identification documents; and, perhaps most importantly, access to routes for exporting cocaine to Europe and the United States -- while using the same routes to import quantities of sophisticated weapons and communications equipment. In return, the Maduro government offers state protection, and reaps rewards in the form of financial benefits for individuals as well as institutions, derived from the cocaine trade.
Iran benefits from access to the international financial market through Venezuelan, Ecuadoran and Bolivian financial institutions, which act as proxies by moving Iranian money as if it originated in their own unsanctioned financial institutions.
A recent blockbuster book in Spanish, El Bumerán Chávez: Los Fraudes Que Llevaron al Colapso de Venezuela (The Chávez Boomerang: The Frauds That Led to the Collapse of Venezuela) describes in detail from numerous eye witnesses cocaine dealing and high level contacts between Venezuelan government officials and Hezbollah operatives, where the Venezuelan government authorized financial activities of the terrorist group in Venezuela. (Emili J. Blasco, El Bumerán Chávez: Los Fraudes Que Llevaron al Colapso de Venezuela, Center for Investigative Journalism in the Americas, 2015, Washington, D.C.)
Kenny Bryant Smith
CEO, Total Force Holdings, Inc.
Self Defense is such a broad and varied topic. There are numerous methods involving armed and unarmed methods of protecting oneself. A quick Internet search for your area will most likely reveal a myriad of Concealed Carry Instructors and as many or more martial arts organizations that are marketing themselves as “Self Defense programs.” Allow me to be abundantly clear when I state that while almost any training will yield exponentially better results than having no training at all, not all training programs and, most importantly, not all trainers are created alike. Having began my martial quest in January of 1993 (I was born in September of 1987 so when I say I have been doing this almost all of my life, it is not in jest) I have seen all manner of programs ranging from really solid to remarkably ridiculous.
Self Defense starts in the mind. If one is not well versed in both situational and spatial awareness, that person is significantly behind the power curve. That is a decision you and only you can make. One must know where they are in space (spatial awareness) as well as who and what is around them (situational awareness). If a Self Defense program does not cover these two at the fundamental level, then it is (if I may be so blunt) NOT truly a self defense program at all. I consider situational and spatial awareness so critical that they are the subject of this article.
I am a firm believer that most every self defense problem I am aware of can be nullified with better situational or spatial awareness. In the world of concealed carry, one always stumbles upon that one person who only carries their weapon when they are going to that one area that everyone knows is a bad area. My first question is if it was so bad you felt the need to carry more hardware than usual, why were you going there in the first place? On that note, I have no problem with people going about their daily lives armed, I do it everyday, everywhere it is legal to do so… I have issues with knowing you are putting yourself in a situation where you are more likely to need to deploy some level of force unless going to that place in space is absolutely necessary.
If you are clumsy (like Yours Truly), then spatial awareness is that much more important. I am that one guy that usually finds his trailer hitch by introducing his shin to it and finds steps when gravity takes over after ground was SUPPOSED TO BE THERE…. But it wasn’t. This is an example of bad spatial awareness. If you are clumsy like me, knowing more of where you are in space will save you a vast number of lumps and bruises. I can submit that I am not nearly as clumsy as I used to be due to working on expanding my own personal spatial awareness.
A great many self defense cases start with the defender (you’re only a victim if you allow yourself to be one) being lost. If I may pose a hypothetical scenario…..
You are in your vehicle on a trip to visit family somewhere a couple of hours from home. It is well after dark and the weather is bad… let’s say a nasty rainstorm. Your GPS decides it doesn’t like you and starts trying to take you down roads that don’t exist… We’ve all been there. Right about now while you have no source of directions, the coolant temperature gauge in your instrument cluster decides to hit redline and the voltage indicator starts flopping…. You pop the head to a cloud of steam that wreaks of antifreeze and see your fan belt is just as broke as it can be. You have some form of motorist assistance (I myself am a member of the Allstate Motor Club and have found their service and that of the vendors they utilize for service to be spot on) so you call the number and they ask where you are…. Your answer choices are “Well, my GPS says I’m on this road but….” or “I’m about XX miles outside of XXX(town name here)XXX on XXXX Street going Northbound.” Which do you prefer? Now I know what you’re thinking….. “This fool just said I was lost in his own hypothetical situation…. How can I give an answer like the second one?” I would just about bet my last penny that your cell phone or GPS has a map feature with a scale on it…. That is part of spatial awareness… Knowing where you are in the world and finding out where you are in the world by all means available. Although I wouldn’t recommend finding your trailer hitch with your shin… any country boy, including this one, will tell you that all that does is hurt… it ties with stepping on a Lego.
Situational awareness is a kissing cousin to spatial awareness. As the name implies, it is being aware of your situation. Who all and what all is around and/or going on around you. We need to know what is happening around us. Maybe you didn’t get the memo about playing in traffic from your parents as a kid…. If you’re on or about the roadway, it’s generally a good idea to pay attention to if a car might be coming as failing to do so might hurt a little bit. This is a classic example of situational awareness.
Let’s take another hypothetical trip… This one closer to home. As a self defense trainer, I tend to jokingly refer to gas stations as a “Stop and Rob.” Why? Many criminals do just that… they stop in and rob the place. Let’s say your significant other decides they just have to have some kind of snack and the only place you can get it is the local Stop and Rob. It’s three in the morning, the weather is horrible, and yet here you are, being awesome, and going to run said errand. As you pull past the gas pumps, you see two guys you could swear you saw in the paper the other day that the local lawmen are hunting for whatever nefarious deed is popular in your area… they are pulling bandanas over their faces and you see the glint of metal in one’s hand… Had you not been paying attention, your trip to get snacks for your better half would’ve landed you smack dab in the middle of an armed robbery.
By paying attention to where you are and what all is going on around you, you become a people watcher and see some really entertaining things. If you are single (regardless of what kind of plumbing you have and what you’re attracted to), there is some SERIOUS eye candy out there and being a people watcher let’s you see them just as well as seeing those people that seem to have been following you for a good few minutes and appears to be getting closer.
There is absolutely no negatives to this unless you’re the type that is easily distracted (like myself) in which case you will notice that much more. If you are making the conscious effort to know where you are and what is surrounding you, you will miss less exits on the highway… and besides getting lost less, you can spend more time paying attention to the road and less paying attention to a GPS, and this act of focusing on driving may very well save you a significant amount of money (I’m in North Carolina and our laws show a $250 fine plus $197 in court costs if you are caught inputting or reading text off a mobile device while driving) or it could just as easily save your life. I lost a person very near and dear to me in a single vehicle accident due to texting and driving. If you think it can’t happen over your GPS, think again.
Pay attention to your surroundings… It may save your life in more ways than one.
This article is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Sarah Edith Stonesifer (11 SEPT 1990 - 29 MAR 2013). May you rest in peace. Until Valhalla….