A U.S. Department of Labor audit may come as a shock to many employers. Knowing the audit process can better prepare your entity for an auditor’s unexpected visit.
An audit is an in-depth review of an entity’s performance to analyze the administration of funds and to examine the status of projects in terms of intent and expectations. The U.S. Department of Labor regularly conducts audits in three specific areas:
Technology’s rapid advancement allows people to share, spread, and gather information at faster rates than ever before. Millions of individuals residing around the globe update statuses, tweet, and post to social media profiles every day. The rising influence of social media and the instantaneous publication of information on social media platforms creates the need for businesses to protect themselves. Every business should have a social media policy in its employee manual for new staff to sign and return.
Social Media provides practices with a cost-free method of distributing information. Practices use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus to highlight their expertise and to develop clear brand personalities. In recent years, the importance of maintaining a positive online reputation has grown exponentially. Negative social media posts and commentary, especially from an employee, can produce devastating blows to a practice’s hard-earned positive online presence.
Within the past few years, phishing emails have become increasingly difficult to detect. However, recognizing similar characteristics in phishing scams helps avoid becoming the victim. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, you may be looking at a potential phishing scam.
Phishing scams typically fall into one of these 5 categories:
1. Deceptive Phishing
Deceptive phishing occurs when scammers impersonate credible companies in order to steal personal information and login credentials. These emails typically create a sense of urgency for victims to rectify a problem with their accounts and prompts the unsuspecting to clink on an external link. These external links often look very similar to the login pages of the company that the scammer is mimicking. Victims then sign in to the scammer’s page, thus surrendering their login information.
2. Spear Phishing
Organizations and institutions constantly adapt to the latest cybercrime techniques. However, the first line of defense starts at home because identity thieves specialize in hacking personal computers.