safety and security

What’s the difference between safety and security?

Protus3 Security Assessment

I am Megan Keenan, the Business Development Manager here at Protus3. One of the first things I learned after I joined the team was the difference between safety and security. A lot of times, these two words are used interchangeably. People say safety when they really mean security. Both safety and security are concerned with keeping people from harm and …

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Executive Level Background Investigations

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

Let’s say you’re about to hire a new CFO. He’s been a CFO, comptroller, and vice president in the last 10 years at three different companies. All the right skills and qualifications are listed on his resume. He’s had several interviews, and he’s fantastic. He’s had the right answer to every question you’ve asked. You’ve heard nothing but good things …

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Background Investigations: Reading between the Lines

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

Recently, we were working on a pre-employment background investigation where the scope of work was limited to a criminal search. When we looked at the criminal history of the applicant, we saw the image on the right. What do you see? The subject has charges and convictions for identity theft and drugs, but what else? I see a pretty decent …

Computer Forensics: What is metadata?

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics

What is metadata and why is it important in a computer forensics investigation? A brief definition or explanation of metadata is “data about data.” What does that exactly mean? Data is the file. Data is the Word document, the Excel document, or any other user-created document on the computer. Meta is information about that document. This can include where it’s …

Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown of the Raleigh Police Department to Retire

Protus3 News

Protus3 has a long history of partnerships with law enforcement agencies, but the Raleigh Police Department holds a special place in our collective heart. Many of our current and former employees got their start at RPD. We would like to take this time to recognize Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown of the Raleigh Police Department in honor of Black History Month. You …

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What is a “nationwide criminal search”?

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

We’re asked all the time if we offer a “nationwide criminal search” or a “multi-state criminal search”. The answer is always “No.” Why not? Because it just doesn’t exist. Let’s talk about courts and criminal records in the US. No national database exists Currently, there is no comprehensive national database for all the criminal records in the US. Yes, the …

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Two-Factor Authentication

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics

What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication is a second level of authentication for you the user to be able to access your account. The first level of authentication is your user ID and password. What that means is that anybody with your user ID and password can log into your web-based accounts whether it’s your email account, Office 365, your …

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What kind of background investigation do I need?

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

  We conduct a wide variety of background investigations for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes we’re conducting due diligence on companies who want to do business together. Other times it’s a threat assessment as part of an employment termination. Sometimes we’re conducting a background investigation in support of a larger investigation, like fraud or employee misconduct. Our most common …

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Why should we have security standards?

Dana Frentz, CHPA, PSP Security Planning, Security System Design Development, Security System Lifespan Management

Have you ever seen a situation where there seems no rhyme or reason for the placement of security devices? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to hand your architect, engineer, or integrator a document and know that they have the specifics of what product you want and how you expect those products to be installed and function? Well, you …

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Workplace Violence: What is a Threat Assessment?

Tasha Dyson, CFE Workplace Violence, WPV Support, WPV Threat Assessment

What is a threat assessment? One of the things clients frequently ask us has to do with workplace violence. Usually it goes something like this. We get a call from a company. They’re going to fire someone fairly soon, and they’re not sure how he’s going to react. They’re contacting us to see what sort of support we can provide. …