BBC Apprentice faked his credentials.Posted: 15th December 2017 in Security News
An apprentice on the BBC’s The Apprentice programme has been exposed during scrutiny of his CV...
An apprentice on the BBC’s The Apprentice programme has been exposed during scrutiny of his CV...
The insider threat hangs over every organisation, big or small, and often goes unaddressed! Something as seemingly small as a link in an email can cause huge problems if sent from an untrustworthy source...
Any organisation, regardless of size, must consider the introduction of a relevant pre-employment screening procedure, backed up by a re-screening policy.
Agenda can carry out and advise on the correct checks to make sure you are not employing those without the right to work in the UK. We offer specific Right to Work checks and can also help with identity checking.
Employers have a responsibility to thoroughly check a doctor’s identity and qualifications when they are going through the recruitment process and there are numerous checks that need to be carried out.
According to recent research conducted by Barclaycard, SME’s are investing £2.9bn annually on their cyber security at an average of nearly £1,600 per business. This investment is due to businesses being a victim of a cybercrime or data breach. The research found that 44% of SMEs fear being the victim of a cybercrime of data breach, whilst only 34% are anxious and concerned about the impact of Brexit on their business.
We all know the Data Protection Act and think that the GDPR is not going to be that different, some people think that it is just some bureaucrats in Brussels tinkering around and trying justify their salary.
It’s that time of year again…Humber Business Week 2017 (or BizWeek, as it’s commonly referred to) is right around the corner! Humber Business Week has a great programme of events stretching throughout the week of June 5th-9th, and is a great opportunity for local businesses within the Humber to come together.
It has recently come to light under information released under the freedom of information act that only 1 in 10 officers at Northumbria Police have had up to date background checks.
A password cracking utility will first search common passwords and dictionaries to find a match. If this does not yield the desired results, the password cracker will move to a Brute Force attack.
A strong password is your first layer of defence. With this in place, you’re ready to add a layer of protection. With today being World Password Day, we’re put together some hints and tips to keep your online accounts safe and secure.
A 45-year-old man from Switzerland is facing defamation charges in a landmark case that sees him on trial for ‘liking’ Facebook posts.
There has been a series of arrests and raids throughout the UK as police crackdown on illegal workers. The government warns that an employer can be sent to jail for 5 years and pay an unlimited fine if found guilty!
If you are interested in learning more about Cyber Crime, and how to protect your business from an attack, the HBRF are hosting their most recent Table Top Event, “Could Your Business Survive a Cyber Attack?” in Grimsby on the 27th April 2017. Book your place now and don’t miss out!
Cybercrime is very easy to instigate with little risk to the perpetrator. You don’t need to invest in the usual tools like a gun, getaway car, mask or balaclava (depending on your preference). It takes little effort to send out 100 thousand spoofed emails with a link to a nasty payload.
According to a study from the Institute of Directors and Barclays, only 56% of businesses can deal with a cyber-attack, and that shocking statistic comes at a time of highly significant cybersecurity threats!
In collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), and with the assistance of a range of stakeholders, CPNI has reviewed and refreshed its comprehensive guidance on mail screening and security.
"We are building the foundations of a stronger, fairer, more global Britain". But what does this mean for you?
Border taxi drivers have been told that they have to produce identity documents to prove that they are legal to work within the UK before they can continue operating.
It was the year that brought major breaches at TalkTalk, Three, Tesco bank and Ashley Madison amongst many, many others. 2017 has its own predictions, but the question everyone should be asking is, who will be next and will I be affected?
Christmas is often a time when people can be subject to fraudulent activity and cyber scams. Get Safe Online have provided some great tips to help you keep safe and happy this festive season.
May 2016 saw the introduction of a new Immigration Act which has meant some changes to how Landlords have to conduct checks. This new act has been created in order to further crack down on illegal migration, as well as changes to right to rent the act also makes it harder for illegal immigrants to gain work and to receive support from the UK government.
A recent report conducted by Imperva stated that 36% of surveyed companies suffered a security incident involving malicious insiders in the past year. One in every 50 employees is considered to be malicious insider.
Steve Hanson, Barclays’ Head of Business and Corporate for Humber and York, looks at the threats facing our region’s businesses in a recent article published by the Business Intelligence magazine, the publication of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.
How will Brexit affect Pre-Employment Screening? Since the UK voted to leave the European Union many questions have been raised regarding how things will operate within the country and changes that this could result in for certain industries.
The 12th of July will see new rules brought into the Immigration Act which will change the ways in which workers and employees have to manage their employments.
Agenda works across a wide range of sectors and with some of the UK’s biggest construction companies. We understand the diverse nature of construction projects.
Agenda has teamed up with major businesses from across the Humber region, the police and the Hull University Business School to form the Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF) which launches on the 8th June.
Agenda were recently represented in the high-calibre Cyber Crime panel discussing online dangers facing business in today’s economic environment.
With Cyber Crime on the rise, corporate security and resilience has never been more of a priority. The question of when and not if, is a question all security experts should be asking, planning and preparing a worst-case scenario so when it does occur, no one is left clueless as to how to protect and recover. This type of statement may shock many, but a recent Global Economic Crime Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers revealed that 60% of economic crime in the UK was committed by external perpetrators (up from 56% in 2014).
Cybercrime is a fast-growing area of crime. More and more criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity of the Internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities that know no borders, either physical or virtual, cause serious harm and pose very real threats to victims worldwide.
The former head of a Leicester clothing manufacturer has been disqualified from acting as the director of a company for seven years after an Insolvency Service investigation found his business was employing illegal workers. Read the story in full here
Cyber criminals have scammed love-struck Brits out of £27 million, victims of ‘romance’ scams lost an average of £10,000 to fraudsters.
Pre-employment screening, vetting and background checks is best practice for personnel security, not only does it protect your business from insider threats but it also protects your brand and your reputation.
Government provided step by step guidance to counter Cyber threats!
Agenda are one of more than 1000 businesses that have adopted Cyber Essentials - the UK government's scheme designed to protect businesses against the most common threats on the Internet.
Agenda are pleased to announce that on 23rd September, we passed our latest triple certification audits with no non-conformances raised.
Why not join our team. We are recruiting and you could be just what we are looking for ...
Agenda's Senior Business Development Executive Daniel Fairfield was delighted to attend the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce Northern Powerhouse debate at the University of Hull.
Investing more time on candidate CVs up front can save a lot of problems further down the line.
On Friday 18th September, Agenda held a charity fundraising day to raise money for British Heart Foundation.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Agenda for over a year and have nothing but praise. My favourite supplier!"
The UK Government has announced that its new Immigration Bill, due to be published in the autumn will include stronger measures for dealing with employers who hire illegal workers.
IT Governance, the leading cyber security services provider and CREST-accredited certification body for the UK Government's Cyber Essentials scheme, congratulates Agenda on achieving Cyber Essentials certification.
A trial scheme aimed at discouraging landlords in the Birmingham and Warwickshire areas from allowing illegal immigrants to occupy rented property will now be rolled out across the rest of England.
We are delighted to announce that, on 3 August 2015, Jemma was promoted to the role of Analyst within the Screening Division.
Agenda seeks to verify the credentials of job applicants and to check that the applicants meet preconditions of employment (e.g. that the individual is legally permitted to take up an offer of employment).
The recent government CESG backed scheme Cyber Essentials focuses on five key areas to help protect against cyber-attacks.
Recently reported by the Recruiter, two restaurant bosses have been banned from running companies after Insolvency Service Investigations discovered they had employed illegal workers.
The reason robust employment checks are important is because some people will go a long way to deceive you!
We need to change the perception of cyber-crime! Cyber Criminals are the new black and white stripped robbers. Even Team Sky are vulnerable!
Agenda recently attended the CBI Cyber-Security conference in London on 30th June.
Friday 10th July - bad shirt day! And boy, we sure didn't let the team down! Hawaiian, cartoon, bad-patterns, over-sized, cross-dressing and some shirts from the 90's was the type of fashion on our cat-walk at Agenda Head Office
Today's Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce is the result of a series of amalgamations of smaller, more localised Chambers of Commerce over the last 175 years.
Dunking its not usually on the AGENDA!
It is great to see our Senior Business Development Executive, Dan Fairfield featured in today's 'On the Spot' feature in the Hull Daily Mail.
As an employer, the legal onus to do all background checks falls solely on your shoulders.
Agenda understands that the business environment in which we are operating has been transformed by digital technology and the fourth revolution', presenting a host of opportunities across industry.
Agenda IT Manager, Chris attended the 2nd Hull Analytics Forum on Wednesday 1st of July. The forum's mission is to build data analytic capabilities in the Humber region by putting on events with speakers that specialise in the field, sharing knowledge, tools, ideas and how they can be used to help businesses use data more efficiently
Agenda has been engaging with the public, academic and private sector in the Humber region to ascertain interest in setting up a resilience forum, on the 1st July a very successful first discussion was held at the Agenda offices, the outcome was a genuine commitment to make the Humber Business Resilience Forum (HBRF) a reality.
As recently reported by HR Review a UK Lawyer has been convicted of providing illegal immigration advice.
The latest Investor in People Audit took place in June 2015 and Agenda was highly commended for continued progress and commitment to developing the company and its people.
An integral part of the hiring process is the sifting of CVs to select job applicants to put through to the next stage and with recent surveys suggesting that many CVs are plagiarised, that job seekers believe that it is the employers responsibility to detect mistruths not theirs to be truthful and numerous suggestions that between 50 and 70 percent of CVs contain lies it is imperative to keep hiring and screening staff up-to-date with the latest CV and application form issues.
We all know by now that if we are caught employing an illegal worker we can be fined £20,000 but did you know that arresting an illegal worker can cost the government (the tax payer) up to £15,000?
This week Agenda attended the IFSEC International Conference in London. We attended in partnership with ASIS, The American Society for Industrial Security. This 3-day conference was well attended with thousands of visitors.
At Agenda we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and have achieved our ISO 14001 accreditation. Part of our commitment is to reduce our energy consumption and to help us achieve this, last year we installed solar panels onto our Head Office roof.
Agenda is delighted to be attending IFSEC International at the ExCel London today and tomorrow. IFSEC International is the largest event for the security industry, bringing together some of the world's leading security experts.
Employers must prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work.
On 12th June, Agenda held another of its charity fundraising days in aid of Medical Detection Dogs, its 2015 Charity of the Year.
Last year Agenda won East Riding Council Chairman's Best Business Award. We were delighted to win the award which enabled us to demonstrate our commitment to our growth strategy which included employment of local people, investment in technology and the continued professional development of our people.
As a screening expert, Agenda provides 7 handy tips to help you get the best results from your Screening
Getting on board the culture bus
Agenda is pleased to report that it has been awarded Cogent Sector Skills Council Provider
Illegal workers arrested following operation in Chatham
At Agenda we understand that the process of checking CVs and conducting background checks on prospective employees is a critical part of the recruitment process. However some organisations are still not conducting any checks on the CV of a candidate.
Agenda were proud to sponsor and present at this prestigious 20th anniversary event held on the 22nd April 2015. The theme of the conference was pre-employment screening, vetting and background checks.
Between 14-16 April 2015, Agenda Security Services attended as exhibitors at the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) conference, held at Holywell Park, Loughborough University, Leicestershire.
Agenda is pleased to be supporting this years AUCSO (Association for Security Professionals working in Universities) meeting. One of our non-executive directors, Gordon Meldrum the ex-director of the National Crime Agency, is presenting at the event. Please come and visit our team on Stand S9 to find out more about our services.
Agenda is delighted to be supporting and presenting at the 20th Employee Vetting and Screenings Conference on 22nd April 2015 in London. The packed conference includes talks on issues such as screening best practice, screening non-UK employees, the latest legal and data protection updates and Agenda's thought provoking presentation on "outsourcing your vetting function" for more information about this full day event visit www.bfi.co.uk.
Agenda experts Chris Withers and Richard Connelly attended the ISO User Group last month in Birmingham.
Agenda Security Services are pleased to announce that two members of their management team will be attending the ISO27001 User Group event on Tuesday 24th March 2015.
Agenda is delighted to be supporting and presenting at the 20th Employee Vetting and Screenings Conference on 22nd April 2015 in London.
If the person doesn't lie on their CV, the agency might?
How can an unqualified person secure a job as a Doctor?
Can your business afford a fine of £200,000 or more?
Agendas Security Manager shares some useful advice following a recent article featured in the Independent newspaper.
Dartford woman helped in use of security firm as front for employing illegal workers.
A number of arrests have been made by the Home Office enforcement officers this week in the Maidenhead and Slough area for the employment of illegal workers.
Agenda's article which featured in the latest edition of Simply Child Safe Magazine, emphasises the risk management and prevention element of effective hiring practices.
What a year! 2014 was a record year for fundraising at Agenda. Marie Curie was our chosen charity of the year, and we are delighted to announce that we raised a fantastic £1500.
Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) are a charity that works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities. Their aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease. Dogs are renowned for their sense of smell.
Employment history and education are one of the most important components in a resume, thus verifying institutions attended and degrees received helps ensure the applicant's honesty. Data shows that almost one-third of employers do not check employment records.
Two recent articles have highlighted the importance of screening potential job candidates before an offer of employment is made.
Agenda is pleased to have been featured as being the 2014 Best Business award winner.
A recent article by CIR Magazine has taken information from a survey conducted by Data Storage and information security company Imation, revealing bad habits in employees when it comes to the protection of confidential business data.
Agenda recently attended the annual CIPD event in Manchester to promote our services in regards to Security Screening. The exhibition resulted in a successful two day event and involved speaking with visitors to the event, enquiring as to whether they had ever used security screening, and highlighting the importance/benefits of doing so
What can you do to identify a genuine request from a prospective employer for a criminal record check from a fake ?
A recent channel 5 documentary, 'Fingers in the Till' explored how companies are suffering crime undertaken by their own staff. The programme showcased a number of companies who had fallen fowl of financial theft from their own employees, who were placed in a position of trust by the company.
Identity theft is a crime where someone steals your personal data and pretends to be you. Cases of ID theft are on the rise and anyone is a potential target, particularly in the modern, digital age. But crucially, there are some really easy steps that you can take to protect yourself. Internet security provider Kaspersky shares some tips on preventing ID theft.
Agenda Security Services are pleased to announce that they have signed the Humber Skills Pledge. As an Investor in People certified organisation Agenda recognises that investing in skills and training for its staff has significant benefits not only for the company but also for its employees, the community and local economy.
According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder, more and more employers are turning to social networking sites to dig out additional information on their prospective employees.
Employers will have to make decisions based on limited Criminal Records information in the future.
Lying about the amount of time you've spent working at company could lead to time spent behind bars instead, a new guide from the fraud prevention service has warned.
Fraudsters Tactics Change It is important to stay up-to-date!
Agenda highlights the key changes
There is no doubt that legal immigrants add a great deal to the UK economy, but with £20,000 fines for employing illegal immigrants the risks are greater than ever.
A recent article from Help Net Security shows that 55 percent of IT Security Executives have discovered a current employee or insider taking information.
The Employer Checking Service is a very important issue when it comes to illegal workers in the UK, and Agenda Security Services have always placed it as a high priority when it comes to our screening services.
According to recent reports more than 30 bogus doctors have been masquerading as doctors within in the NHS.
The prestigious East Riding Chairman's Awards ceremony was held at Bridlington Spa on the evening of Tuesday 6th May. Agenda Security Services, a company that helps other businesses protect their assets by providing pre-employment screening services won the award for the best business (over 51 employee category). It was presented by BBC Look North newsreader Clare Frisby and East Riding Chairman Claude Mole.
Fake job applications most common entry point for fraudsters!
Two Days of Audits and Three Externally Certified Successes.
Agenda has always appreciated that to be truly successful it needs to invest in its people, services and communications. Certification to ISO9001 (Quality management), ISO27001 (Information Security) and ISO14001 (Green Processes) are all important but Investor in People certification is critical to delivering great customer service by supporting the continual development of skills and expertise within the organisation - it is all about people!
In recent months we have noticed an upward trend in issues when confirming the former employment of candidates
Workplace Law has published a briefing document about how effectively recruitment agencies conduct pre-employment screening of staff for their clients. The paper, written jointly by Norman Mortell (Agenda Security Services) and Michael Stephens (Medical Research Council), was the result of two audits of agencies conducted in 2010 and 2012 which indicated that agencies did not understand the security and background check requirements of the client.
On 25 June 2013, UK whistle-blowing law changed in a way intended to encourage disclosures in the public interest and avoid abuse of the protection that it affords
Important Changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service that will affect you and your employees.
Since Starting in 1996 we have delivered professional and friendly services. This would not be possible without recruiting the very best people. To support our continued growth we are delighted to announce some additions to our team.
Agenda provides a useful overview of the types of checks available.
Agenda has been busy in recent times getting certified to the ISO14001 Environmental Management standard in record time, further improving contingency planning and systems with new high speed broadband provision (40 MB) and resilience by retaining our old hard wired system as a backup, back up electricity supplies and high tech off site data backup storage.
BS 7858:2006+A2:2009 Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment - Code of Practice will be withdrawn on 30th April 2013 and replaced with BS 7858:2012 Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment - Code of Practice which was first published on 31st October 2012 and now available to screen new staff.
The provision of pre-employment security screening services is often seen as a delay to business recruitment rather than a business enabler but with the enhancements to our Candidate Input System (CIS) clients can have confidence in implementing an appropriate screening policy without impacting on their recruitment process.
Agenda has attended the CIPD conferences in London in June and in Manchester in November for the last few years due to the high quality and high number of delegates.
Agenda was proud to host the latest Criminal Record Bureau training sessions at its Head Offices in November. Over the two full days of training, Agenda also managed to boost its own CRB team by having five members of the team attend these in-depth training courses
We have always taken our environmental responsibility seriously. We have had a pro-active environmental forum of staff and managers who have met regularly since it was formed in 2007.
Agenda are delighted to announce that four of its supervisory staff have successfully completed their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) training courses.
We have just commissioned and successfully completed an external review of our networks, assessment of vulnerabilities and hacking of our communications systems.
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is introducing new processes to enhance the identity checking process to strengthen and improve public protection.
ID Process Changes to CRB Checks
The auditor said "Agenda continues to operate an effective and efficient Quality Management System that complies with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008."
Agenda Security Services director Norman Mortell presented at this week's Recruitment and Resourcing Conference run by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which is the world's largest Chartered HR and development professional body.
Early days but this initiative could have major ramifications for organisations that do not have effective processes in place to ensure compliance with related standards and legislation, to ensure protection of client information and transparent processes on issues such as due diligence, staff pre-employment checks, Data Protection compliance and anti-bribery rules.
Today we have ran another red flag training session for staff and key contacts to enhance their knowledge of CV and application form analysis for job applicants and giving tips on conducting thorough security red flag reviews to detect potential issues.
Agenda reached a new record with over 5,000checks completed in May and Director of Operations Norman Mortell said, "We are extremely proud to have reached such a milestone and we wanted to mark the occasion, so we held a celebration with champagne and a specially commissioned cake.
Good advice on securing your networks
Companies get hacked so often you'd think it was magic, but it really stems from chronic inability to follow basic security measures.
Agenda prides itself on its friendly and professional approach and its focus customer care.
Last year Agenda Security Services raised in excess of £300 for their chosen charity Dove House Hospice.
Agenda has developed a new system for blogging useful pre-employment screening and security news items; we have also re-blogged all of our older guidance and news articles to enable them to be searched more effectively.
Edexcel Engage Clarke on International Development
The Security Services division of Agenda Resource Management Limited has successfully completed the British Standard Institute audit for ISO 27001 (formerly BS 7799:2 2002). Specialists in pre-recruitment staff screening, computer and data security, network penetration testing, ethical hacking, site security, security training and consultancy, the company claims to be amongst the very first organisations anywhere in the UK to have achieved this new and important accreditation.
Agenda provided two showcase presentations at this year's CIPD Meeting in Manchester within the Recruitment and Talent Management Hub and the Exhibitor Exchange.
There have been many horror stories about organisations "losing" sensitive and often personal information. Such losses are at least damaging to the reputation of the organisation but can also result in lost business, loss of trust and sanctions and/or fines from the Information Commissioners Office in relation to breaches of the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
Agenda presented a 4 hour security awareness workshop at a major International meeting in San Diego, USA in October. Independent workshop evaluation feedback has been provided by the organisers indicating that the workshop was a great success and very well received!
Could the "secret" decision taken by Home Office ministers to relax passport checks on foreigners have allowed extremists and criminals to enter Britain
Agenda is proud of the honest and ethical way in which it conducts business and in the commitment of its staff to uphold these values as they carry out their duties.
We recently surveyed a group of randomly selected clients, chosen independently by our business development team, removing any suggestion of bias or favour, to obtain their feedback on our service delivery.
In June, Needhams 1834 ran a seminar in London aimed at exploring challenges for business continuity from the growth of protest in the UK. Delegates heard from speakers from the British Council on the challenges for crisis management and continuity they faced as a consequence of international uprising and unrest.
Agenda attended the ASIS Breakfast briefing in Coventry.
Agenda provided a showcase presentation entitled "Are You Really Checking Potential New Employees Properly?" at the CIPD Recruitment, Resourcing and Talent Management Conference in London (June 2011).
Agenda was a proud sponsor of the recent Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) conference which was held in Bristol.
Agenda is pleased to receive the Skills Pledge Certificate from the Skills Funding Agency for its commitment to training and development. The letter that accompanied the certificate said "Congratulations on the leadership you have shown in making the skills pledge.
December 2010 saw the completion of the second round of the Agenda Security Services customer satisfaction surveys for 2010. The surveys were independently carried out by the business development team using randomly selected clients to remove any suggestion of bias or favour.
This week sees a notable reminder that no employer is above being fined for breaching immigration requirements, as the UK Border Agency fines Baroness Scotland £5,000 for employing a migrant who didn't have the right to work in the United Kingdom.
Dealing with fraud after the event can be time consuming and extremely costly, there are of course a number of ways of reducing or preventing the risk.
What are the top security threats facing the research sector?
Agenda is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our latest ISO 9001:2008 full day audit conducted by ISOQAR.
June saw the second round of customer satisfaction surveys for Agenda Security Services which was conducted again by our business development team using randomly generated clients, all of which have used our services within the last six months.
Agenda has always had a learning and development culture, accredited to Investors in People it recognises the importance of Continual Professional Development and underlines this by providing a Training Bank Account each year to facilitate vocational and non-vocational training to each and every one of its employees.
According to a recent article in the May/June 2010 edition of the Workplacelaw magazine which featured the results of an audit of pre-employment screening and security compliance of 35 interim, temporary and permanent staffing agencies you should be very concerned.
Agenda attended the CIPD Recruitment Conference at Olympia in London on the 16th and 17th June 2010.
A survey was conducted by the business development team over several months choosing screening clients at random.
For those of you who may not be aware, the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) was established over 25 years ago and brings together senior University security professionals from across the UK and increasingly from mainland Europe.
There's no doubt that we are seeing an increase in issues in relation to CVs, references and qualifications. Our own screening data suggest that, for example we know 1 in 20 qualifications are misquoted - that is not completed, grade exaggerated or simply fake.
Agenda was one of the first 50 organisations in the UK to attain the ISO27001 Information Management Security Standard certification and is the only one to include the BS7858 security screening and BS8470 destruction of confidential materials codes of practice into its audited processes. We take your security seriously and continually strive to improve and innovate. However, we also recognise for our clients that externally audited accreditation and certification is important when selecting a pre-employment screening and vetting supplier.
The process for obtaining details of the criminal history for a person who resides in England, Scotland and Wales is conducted through the Criminal Records Bureau or Disclosure Scotland.
In January 2010 it was reported that Haringey Council had employed 35 illegal immigrants between 2006 and 2009, the council revealed the findings under a Freedom of Information request.
Agenda prides itself on its friendly and professional approach and its focus customer care. In 2009 a new Agenda Values Recognition Programme was developed for all staff.
Organisations are becoming increasingly aware and worried about the loss of information, for example many have implemented rules restricting the use of social networking sites.
I work with many businesses - manufacturing, distribution, retail, etc. on financial and operational issues and the following feelings and ideas are those expressed by colleagues and clients.
Agenda has held the ISO9001 Quality Management Certification since 1999 and was re-audited by ISOQAR on 16th November 2009 to ISO9001: 2008 including BS7858 Security Screening and BS8470 Destruction of Confidential Materials requirements.
The Charity Commission's report issued in October 2009, Charities Back on Track 2008-09 said: "We remain concerned that the way charities manage procedures for safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries continues to be a key issue." The watchdog removed or suspended 30 such trustees last year, three times as many as the year before. The people involved included rapists and paedophiles and the Commission urges charities to refer potential trustees to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) for vetting before making any appointments where children might be put at risk.
Since the new version of the Government's Baseline Personnel Screening Standard (BPSS) was issued in March 2009 it has become clear that Government institutions and those providing services to Government organisations and departments need to comply with the BPSS.
Hotmail hacked; 10,000 user details posted
Despite the fact that over 1500 individuals were mistakenly given a clean record or accused of more serious offences than they had actually committed the Home Office pointed out that 99.96 per cent of the CRB's certificates were accurate over the past year.
In a two part series in the March and April 2009 Security publication Risk UK , Norman Mortell - Director of Agenda Security Services looks at the background checking of employees and applicants. With 39% of UK organisations having experienced a situation where their vetting procedures have allowed an employee to be hired who was later found to have lied or misrepresented themselves.
Deep web and Open Source checks have just taken on a new dimension at Agenda, a new addition to its Positive Open Source Intelligence (pOSINT) check is the inclusion of a new e-mail address search process.
In line with Agenda's customer and quality focused values Agenda is pleased to announce that on 16th December 2008, Agenda was reaccredited to the ISO9001 standard having continuously held previous versions of the standard since 1999 - almost 10 years of quality certification and improvement.
Putting the client at the centre of everything they do has long been a motto of Agenda.
One of Agenda's global pharmaceutical clients has nominated Agenda for the prestigious National SOCAP (Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals) Award for Innovation in Customer Service.
Christmas trees, biofuels, luxury homes and coal fired power stations have at least one thing in common - environmental extremism.
Hull-based Agenda Group has appointed Alan Fletcher as Head of the company's Security Services business. Having moved through the ranks in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary up to the position of Detective Superintendent within the Criminal Investigations Department, Alan moved to the USA where he joined Target, the second largest chain of discount department stores in the country.
Agenda's new Candidate Input System (CIS), an advanced pre-employment screening tool, is proving to be a big success with clients and is saving their Human Resource teams as much as 30 minutes per candidate in the screening process.
East Yorkshire-based security specialists, Agenda Security Services, are to run a Business Security Seminar in partnership with AMJ Solicitors. The event, which is to be held at the KC Stadium on Wednesday, October 24th, is aimed at directors, managers and other members of staff who have responsibility for security, legal compliance and safety at work.
In recognition of the increasingly global nature of security Norman Mortell has followed previous Agenda personnel in becoming a member of the prestigious ASIS association.