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SPRING 2018 SECURITY SMART 3 For more information on staying safe online here at BSU or at home, contact security@bridgew.edu. P EOPLE LEAVE organizations all the time for a variety of reasons. On their way out, some will pack just their potted peace lily and framed family photos. Others leave with contact lists, project plans and work-related files. If you're moving on to pursue another opportuni- ty, know what you can take with you and what could land you in legal trouble. What you can take ■ Personal items. Photos, diplomas, coffee mugs and personal electronic devices—anything you brought from home, you can take back, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel for LegalZoom. You can also take items you bought for work but didn't get reimbursed for, such as an ergonomic keyboard. ■ Work you've asked for permission to bring with you. "If you've written a beau- tifully crafted legal brief that you want to show to potential future employers, then you can ask if, with certain modifications, you can take that," says Rampenthal. "If you're ever unsure, it's better in these situations to ask for permission, not for forgiveness!" Modifications might include deleting proprietary information, such as strategic plans or product pricing. What you can't take ■ Company property, intellectual or physical. "If you take an asset, even a mouse, without company permission, that is theft," says Jon Heimerl, manager of the threat intelligence team at NTT security. "If you take a $3,000 laptop loaded with software, that's grand larceny." In cases of theft and larceny, a company can file a complaint with the police saying it wants the ex-employee prosecuted. When it gets confusing Sometimes, personal property and cor- porate information collide and what you can and can't take isn't clear-cut. For example, what if you used a personal smartphone or home computer for work and you have business contacts, files or applications on those devices? When a departing employee has work- related information on a personal device, that information must be removed, espe- cially if the company had a policy prohib- iting the use of personal devices for work, says Heimerl. Preparing for departure If you're planning to leave, make your exit easier by removing in advance any personal items from your workplace and any personal photos, documents or other paperwork from company-owned devices, says Rampenthal. "Give your IT department the heads- up that you're doing that," he says, "so they don't get suspicious if they see you're downloading files onto a thumb drive. A little planning and preparation go a long way." How to Make a Graceful Exit ■ Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) The story: Ferris Bueller (Matthew Brod- erick) can't start his day of truancy properly until he gets his girlfriend, Sloane (Mia Sara), out of school. The con: Well-orches- trated lying. Ferris has his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) call the principal, pretending to be Sloane's father, and ask that Sloane be dismissed because her grandmother has died. The principal assumes the caller is Bueller—until Bueller rings in on the other line with an innocent question about homework. This second call embarrasses the principal, causing him to miss what's really afoot in spite of his initial suspicions. Lessons from Hollywood: Watch Out for These Classic Cons ■ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) The story: Two con men fight for the right to stay in their terri- tory. Freddie (Steve Martin) is a low-end American scam artist; Lawrence (Michael Caine) runs his cons in fine hotels in southern France. The con: Tugging at heartstrings. Freddie poses as a wound- ed soldier in a wheelchair and swindles money for an alleged operation for his grandmother. ■ The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) The story: A wealthy but bored busi- nessman, Thomas Crown (Pierce Bros- nan), decides to pull off an art heist at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art just for the fun of it. The con: Befriending employees. Crown's first step involves hanging out in the museum and establishing a rapport with the guards. Ultimately, he combines social engineering tactics with various distractions to steal a $100 million Monet. ■ Catch Me If You Can (2002) The story: Based on the life of Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio), one of history's most infamous social engi- neers, who leaves home as a teenager, poses as a Pan Am pilot and scams thousands of miles of free flights around the world. The con: Forgery; impersonation. Abagnale cashes millions of dollars in forged checks from Pan Am. In the film, he also poses as a doctor and a teacher. Silver-screen con artists use techniques you might fall for in real life, too.

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