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How Employee Screening Has Evolved with Technology

When it’s hard to tell who’s on your side in the world, even in your own circle of friends and family, hiring someone with responsibility for your business, your reputation and your company’s bottom line requires a background check. Employee screening used to be a matter of pulling an arrest record and maybe a driving report.


Now, the need to look at a potential hire’s social networking profiles, known associates, outside business interests and other factors means that the average position, with limited fiscal responsibility, will still require a private investigator or the assistance of a police presence.

Accessing public records is something that most people can handle over the internet, but going beyond that to the real stuff can feel intimidating.

More than that, getting involved in social engineering, looking at social networks, and otherwise investigating the potential hire’s personal life can land an organization in hot water.

Making sure that your existing employees and executives are protected is part of your job, and one way to do that is to keep them far away from the underlying activities that have to take place to keep your company safe.

Hiring is a lot like starting a relationship. Making sure that you have the fit you think you do is part of the mating process. A good private eye can make sure what you think is true is actually what you’re getting.

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Importance and Use of Fingerprint Analysis

In terms of identifying people, fingerprints have been eclipsed by newer and more sophisticated technologies. The availability of low cost and fast return DNA tests, combined with the opportunity to collect newer and newer forms of evidence altogether, will help close a case more than a fingerprint every time.

On other hand, there is nothing like a fingerprint combined with other non-circumstantial evidence to help a jury feel at home making a conviction. Long story short – get the prints, even if you’ve got more. It will be well worth it.

Fingerprint analysis is conducted with 18th century technology, and as such requires very little in order to get solid and persuasive evidence. Some decry the fingerprint as outdated to the point where it’s unreliable, citing evidence of people who go to the time and pain and expense of having their fingerprints removed.

The person who’s paid to have their finger prints erased or altered is beyond the call of the average spy, and something that most people won’t have to worry about. Focus on the best case scenario, which is going to involve beneficial outcomes from fingerprints collected.

Collecting the fingerprints at the scene of the crime, from the victim or the victim’s possession, and from the surrounding and supporting evidentiary areas like vehicles, requires some skill. Ensuring that there is not damage to the evidence before it can be carefully collected means that there has to be good process and procedure in place.

A senior professor from Liverpool John Moores University shows us how to dust for fingerprints, the easy way!

There’s nothing that can ruin a fingerprint like another fingerprint. Even the best technologists who are able to separate out two fingerprints that are overlapped still prefer not to have to invest that time and energy.

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4 Things you Need During Undercover Investigations

Performing well in an undercover situation takes three things: an understanding of basic spy craft and counterintelligence best practices, a feel for the environment where the surveillance is being conducted, and a great backup team at the shop.

There are definitely examples of national security violations and historical moments internationally which have been brought about by people who didn’t heed the teachings of the masters.

Basic spy craft


If you need to learn how to conduct yourself professionally and make use of the major techniques of spy craft, you may not be ready to take on an undercover investigation. However, you can read more about what you should know at

Counterintelligence best practices

Driving home the need for good habits, FBI is a good source for the news and updates in technology when it comes to the best way for counter- intelligence pros to protect themselves and get the best results from their work.

Getting a feel for the environment

This is possibly the hardest and most important thing that has to be done in order for an undercover operation to go smoothly. It’s akin to the work a casting director does.

The plant has to be aware of the political, social and professional mores of the infiltrated system, and they have to be close enough to a believable character that the marks do not become immediately suspicious. Creating a good match between the mark and the spy is the hallmark of a good agent handler.

A great backup team

teamIf you’re running your own program, you should assemble a team of individuals who can’t be connected and aren’t easily identified as associated with you. If you are running your own program, you should also think twice – this is not easy work.