Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Access Control
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
Education, Training and Professional Services
Government Programmes
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
Industrial Computing Security
IT Security
Physical Security
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor

Credential checking discrepancy report from Kroll

Kroll : 11 June, 2008  (New Product)
Criminal record checking shortfalls in the Healthcare and Financial Services industries can lead to data protection problems according to study by Kroll
A study has revealed a telling number of criminal record results and discrepancies in credentials for two notable industries, according to data released by the Background Screening division of Kroll, the world's leading risk consulting firm.

Michael Rosen, president of Kroll's Background Screening division, stated, "Background screening hit ratios have continued to climb. Information from our recent study shows that in 2007, applicants to financial institutions and healthcare entities have criminal record hit ratios of 11.7% and 16.8%, respectively. Companies that have implemented thorough criminal record checks have experienced a decrease in criminal record hits over time because it becomes widely known to applicants that this employer is serious about its background screening program. Kroll refers to this trend as 'negative migration' - a phenomenon in which individuals with criminal records apply for positions at competing employers until they are hired by the organization that fails to do an adequate background check."

According to the Kroll data, there was also a continued trend in the number of qualifications that either could not be verified or there was a discrepancy from what the applicant stated. For healthcare applicants, more than 50% had employment histories that could not be verified or had a material difference in what the applicant stated versus what the former employer reported to Kroll. For the financial services industry that result was more than 44%.

It is important to healthcare providers, both in acute care and long term care, to verify the professional licensure of their staff. Regulators can subject facilities to hefty monetary fines and other penalties, including closing a facility, if the proper background reports have not been conducted on all personnel. According to Kroll's data, close to 10% of healthcare employees in this sample had some kind of discrepancy with their professional license.
For financial services organizations, the number of discrepancies for professional license verifications was a surprising 40.3%.

Background screening plays an important role in reducing the risk of data breaches and identity theft that often results from breaches. Organisations that maintain significant amounts of data on consumers (employees, clients, or patients) are at an increased risk of a data breach and subsequent instances of identity theft. According to Mr Rosen, "Healthcare entities, like hospitals, maintain personally identifiable information on individuals and store it in many places - both in paper and electronic formats. They are a prime target for data breaches, and organisations must be vigilant."

Kroll Fraud Solutions recently commissioned a study, the 2008 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data, which surveyed a number of healthcare industry professionals. There were several responses as to the sources of fraud related data breaches, however, noticeably absent were breaches attributed to deliberate acts by unscrupulous employees.

"Employers must be diligent in vetting their staff as well as their vendors. There have been numerous examples of purposeful insider breaches in healthcare settings. For example, a temporary clerk was recently convicted of stealing the identities of elderly patients and using the details for personal gain," added Mr Rosen.

Kroll provides benchmarking tools to its clients so that they can benchmark their own screening practices and results against those of their aggregated industry peer group.

Kroll published the 2007 Hit Ratio Report, which is available on Kroll's website under 'Insights & Reports', providing key statistics for the seven most common employment screening criteria, plus detailed analyses of industry-specific hit ratios for 13 additional industries. The 2007 Hit Ratio Report is derived from a sample of Kroll's Background Screening clients across a variety of industries and company sizes.
Bookmark and Share
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
   © 2012
Netgains Logo