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SAFEGUARDING YOUR SECURITY AND PRIVACY AT WORK AND AT HOME NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2017 SUMMER 2017 SECURITY SMART 1 Y OU CAN'T ALWAYS tell who has the potential to go rogue. Some- times a colleague you admired ends up embezzling, accessing private emails or misusing customer data, and your incorrectly placed trust in that per- son can haunt you. During my career, I have found a few red flags that can indicate potential problems. Remember that none is surefire, and it's always good to give folks the benefit of the doubt. 1 Knows too much View with suspicion a coworker who always knows what's going on before it is announced. I remember one colleague who had an uncanny ability to predict when reorgs were going to happen or when someone big was hired or fired. It had even become a joke around the office—this person seemed to always have his finger on the pulse of whatever was coming. It turned out that his uncan- ny ability was in remotely monitoring PC microphones and hidden video cameras. He was eventually caught taking video of people in bathrooms—a serious felony. 2 Boasts about hacking capabilities Strange but true: People who plan to hack coworkers tend to mention that they can easily hack coworkers or company sys- tems. If you hear a disgruntled colleague verbalize what he or she could do, consid- er yourself warned. In most cases, no one tells supervisors about the threat, think- ing nothing of it. Hearing these kinds of passive-aggressive threats should prompt you to take action. Report the conversa- tion to a manager or HR rep. 3 Switches screens as you walk up This scenario plays out often: Stop by his cubicle, and the coworker quickly flips to a new screen. He is most likely trying to hide the fact that he is goofing off and not doing company-related work. But if you see him switching screens when he was obviously working on something compa- ny-related, that is a red flag. 4 Never takes vacation An old accounting canard says to be wary of workers who never take vaca- tions—because they constantly have to cover their tracks, they simply can't afford 4 Signs a Coworker May Be Up to No Good BY ROGER A. GRIMES, SECURITY ARCHITECT a day off. This is why many companies force employees to take time off. I once supervised a woman who was a hard worker, loved by everyone. She never took a vacation. Finally after I'd been her boss for five years we forced her to take a week off. She continued to show up during the week to "see how things were going." I physically had to escort her off the premises. Then the checks started to arrive. It turned out she had been getting kick- backs for decades. She had also given her son a job in the company, one he never actually did, and the company was paying for both of their cars. In total, she had stolen more than half a million dollars over the course of 20 years. This sweet woman had fleeced the organiza- tion. The lesson: Don't let sentiment get the best of you. Remember: Not everyone is a rogue in the making. These warning signs may be famil- iar. You may have encountered one or two of them even in the past week. In fact, some of you may remember times when you exhibit- ed one of them. After all, people don't always make the best decisions. So while it's good to keep an eye out for folks who may be en- gaged in unsavory activities at work, be sure to take a measured approach. Sometimes your paranoid suspicions will be only that. For more information on staying safe online here at BSU or at home, contact

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