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To Sign or Not to Sign...your credit card that is...

It’s likely you’ve already received the email from a friend or colleague warning you about identity theft and how dangerous it is to sign the back of your credit card. Instead of signing, one should write in “Ask for ID”. Why wouldn’t the credit card companies ask me to sign the card if I’m opening myself up to identify theft. What is the safe thing to do? I did some research and I’ve found what I believe to be an acceptable answer. Of course, if you want to know what is best for you, it is best to consult your bank or credit card company and make your own decision based on the information you gather.

Why can’t I just leave the space blank and wait for the clerk to ask me for ID? If your credit cards are ever stolen, the thief can simply put their own signature in on the back, and then the signatures will match perfectly.

What if I write “Ask for ID” on the back instead of signing my name? If a store clerk actually checks the signature panel on your credit cards, they will ask you for your ID. This could possibly help prevent identity theft.

Ok, so what’s wrong with just writing “Ask for ID”?  Per the terms and conditions of every major credit card company, if you do not sign the back of your credit card, then the card is not valid. If merchants accept a credit card that is not signed, then they could be liable for the charges if your credit card is used fraudulently. If a clerk notices that the back of your card is unsigned, they are supposed to make you sign it in front of them, and then ask for your id.


Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover recommend that you sign the back of your credit card correctly. All companies have safeguards in place in the event your credit card or identity is stolen. If you have lost your credit card or believe they may have been stolen, call the credit card company right away.


Signing the back of your credit card and writing “See ID” This is probably the best option, since anyone who bothers to look at it might take the time to request your ID, or at least to check and see if the signatures match.


Why it doesn’t really matter one way or the other:


Have you detected the weak link here? It’s the store clerks. Nine out of ten clerks do not ever flip that card over to look at the signature panel. If they do, it’s very likely that they are new, not working during a busy time of day, or they’ve been ripped off before.

No use thinking those in-store digital signature panels actually compare your signature either – they don’t. The truth is, no one is out there checking the signature panel of our credit cards.

Chris Monteiro, spokesman for MasterCard, says, "Technically, a MasterCard is not valid unless signed by the authorized cardholder. If a person has not signed his card, the merchant technically should not complete the transaction." The merchant can only complete the transaction on an unsigned card if the cardholder signs the card in front of the employee and then produces valid identification proving their identity, Monteiro says. The cardholder then has nothing to gain by refusing to write anything but his signature on the signature panel.

Visa's policy is nearly identical to MasterCard's. Visa covers this topic in its "Rules for Merchants" handbook. There is a section entitled "See ID," which says: "See ID or Check for ID is not a valid substitute for a signature. The customer must sign the card, in your presence." And if the customer refuses? "A refusal to sign means the card is still invalid and cannot be accepted." The handbook then reminds merchants that if they ignore this mandate and accept an unsigned card anyway, they risk financial liability should the cardholder later dispute the charge.

In another section, the Visa handbook also prohibits merchants from demanding identification as a condition of the sale -- so if the merchant does accept your unsigned card, they technically cannot force you to show identification. The converse is true for signed cards as well: A merchant cannot refuse a transaction if you choose not to produce identification, and a merchant does not have to ask for additional identification when presented a signed credit card

What that signature really means

The card companies remind customers that the signature panel isn't just for verifying the signature. It's also used to validate the contract you have with the credit card company. By signing, you confirm that you agree to their terms. And even though you may choose not to sign the card but use it anyway, you still are bound to the terms and agreements set forth by the issuer.

For customers who still want to stick to their "See ID" ways, Nessa Feddis, vice president and senior counsel at the American Bankers Association, cites several downsides to this tactic. If you want to charge something and don't happen to have your identification with you, for example, you'll be out of luck. Forcing a merchant to check your identification will also slow down your transaction. Plus, there's the possibility that crooks who get their hands on your signature-free card could just sign it in front of a clerk, thereby making the card appear valid -- while also ensuring that the signature on the card will now match their own signature on the receipt. A solution offered to the extra-cautious: Sign the card AND write "See ID" on the signature panel. It won't guarantee your credit card won't ever be used by thieves, but if it makes you feel better, there's no harm in it.

Dan Clements, vice president of Affinion Group Inc., which specializes in helping companies secure personal data, agrees with the dual protection method. "It's a good practice to put 'Check ID' after your signature on the back of the credit card. This makes it harder for an in-store identity thief to run up charges on your credit or debit card. Even though you have limited liability on credit cards, maybe a bit more on debit, you can possibly avoid the hassle of filling out bank affidavit's to dispute fraudulent charges. These charges have been known to affect credit scores, so avoiding them is key."


What do I do if I become a victim of identity theft? www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html 

How Video Surveillance Benefits Your Business

Visual tools against crime is easily one of the greatest deterrents to criminal activity as well as one of the best ways to catch criminals after the crime has been committed. Companies the world over have utilized surveillance cameras to prevent, stop, and recover from theft on a regular basis, making them one of the best investments a company can make to reduce shrinkage, maintain costs, and reduce the hassles that are associated with theft and illegal or unwanted activities.

Benefits of Using Security Cameras in Your Company

  • Deterring – Security cameras in businesses are designed to be seen. Cameras are placed in blatantly obvious locations, so that anyone that is thinking of committing a theft knows that they are very likely to be on camera. This will deter many individuals from performing the illegal act that they had been considering in your workplace.
  • Monitoring – Security cameras allow you to have someone watch the store/office at all times, to ensure that illegal or unwanted activities are not being conducted. Live feeds allow you to stop those in the process of committing the crime, before the items or information are lost.
  • Motivation – Cameras placed around the office motivate employees to be on their best behavior, knowing that any move they make may be caught on camera. Employees that try to sneak out early, talk to their neighbors, or play games on their computers are less likely to do so when the chances of them getting caught are high.
  • Reducing Losses – Employee theft is almost exactly as common as non-employee theft in many workplaces. It is estimated that as much as 50% of all store losses are a result of employee theft. There is also the risk of stealing information, as well as other things that may be valuable to your company.
  • Recovery – Security cameras inside your company allow you to easily identify anyone that has stolen items from your property, with visual evidence that helps the police and investigators find the people responsible. It is hard to recover stolen items, but visual evidence of the crime that was committed greatly increases those odds.

Security cameras are most often seen in busy retail stores and companies that have a great deal of security due to maintaining personal information or expensive items. But every store, of any size, can benefit from a surveillance camera. The mere act of setting up the camera reduces crime, and the value of being able to monitor your company as well as stop theft in the process of occurring is extremely high.

Even if you do not have many unknown individuals coming in and out of your office, theft can still occur. In fact, it is often internal theft that ends up causing companies to fail. Security cameras reduce the risk of both internal and external theft, reducing cost to your company. If nothing else, security cameras give you the opportunity to motivate your employees to work harder as well as monitor their actions over the course of the workday.

For 25 years, Triad Security Systems has offered security systems to commercial and industrial clients. Triad Security Systems offers state of the art security solutions for clients in a variety of industries. We can help your business reduce inventory loss and loss due to employee or vendor theft or error. Call us today at 908-964-5252 to have a security expert review your security plan and offer quality, technological solutions. Triad offers mechanical and electronic access control, video surveillance with analog or IP video cameras, licensed locksmith services such as key management, commercial lock maintenance and repair, intrusion alarm & fire alarm/detection and central station alarm monitoring and audio/video intercoms. Triad security experts can help you to deter criminals, prevent loss, detect illegal entry and report on daily activities in secured areas. Triad is a complete security solutions provider. Don’t hesitate to call us today! The investment you make today could not only help you save today but protect your assets, facility and employees in the future.

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Preventing Identity Theft during the 2010 Census

As the 2010 census approaches, Triad Security Systems wants to ensure the safety of its clients and partners by reminding everyone to be vigilant when it comes to identity theft.  The US Census is taken every 10 years and every ten years there is a bit of a spike in the amount if identity thefts. In order to protect your identity, you need to be aware of what to expect come census time.

Here are some tips from a public information officer about the 2010 census:

Census forms are first being mailed to each of the 134 million households in the US in March 2010. The best way to avoid a personal visit from a census worker is to complete the census form and return it by the April 1, 2010 deadline. Census workers are required to visit addresses that have not completed the census form and mailed it back by the deadline. Those who return the form by the deadline will most likely NOT receive a visit from a census worker, although census workers are visiting some households to perform quality checks. These checks require that some households be visited more than once. Additionally, if you returned your form late, your response might not be logged before a census worker is sent out. The Census Bureau assures that before your household receives a mailed form, a phone call or a visit from their representative, you will be given a few days notice with a letter from the Census Bureau Director.

The following is a list of tips to remember when talking with census workers or completing the census form:

  1. Any request for census information from the Census Bureau will be clearly marked as coming from the U.S. Census Bureau and as OFFICIAL BUSINESS of the United States. An official census taker will have 4 items: an identity badge, a confidentiality statement, a canvas census bag, and a handheld device. NEVER let a stranger into your home.
  2. All census workers carry official government badges marked with their name. You can also ask for a second identification to compare to the government badge. Never answer questions until you have seen the ID badges.
  3. Currently census workers are only knocking on doors to verify address information. No other information should be asked of you until March 2010 when the census forms are mailed.
  4. The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers.
  5. Census workers will never under any circumstances ask to enter your home.
  6. Census workers will never ask for any information to be submitted online or through email.

For more information about the 2010 Census, click here

 

 

Preventing Identity Theft during the 2010 Census

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How will changing to VOIP affect my alarm system?

Over the next few years, an estimated 24 million people will switch to VOIP telephone services. VOIP is an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol. It simply uses your broadband internet connection to place voice calls digitally over IP based networks. Generally, a customer will pay a flat monthly fee for local and long distance calls. This is an evolution from POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) where calls are placed over an analog connection using telephone lines.

 

Switching to VOIP may put your older alarm system in danger because the system won’t be able to reliable report an alarm during an emergency.

 

An alarm system is designed to send its signals over an analog phone line. To transmit emergency signals properly using VOIP, the signal must be converted to digital then converted back again to analog. It is during this conversion that problems develop. Usually the signals arrive at the central monitoring station with errors, or not at all.

Your alarm panel comes equipped with a backup power supply in the event of a power failure. Because traditional phone lines will still work even if your power is out, your monitoring station will still receive the proper signals. With VOIP, your phone service (specifically your IP router and/or modem) will not operate during a power failure, preventing any kind of signal transmission from your alarm to the monitoring station. You can prevent this with the purchase of a UPS (Un-interruptible Power Supply) for your PC.

VOIP services tend to be more prone to “mysterious” technical issues and dropped calls. Your alarm panel may be communicating vital data to your monitoring station, and a dropped call will obviously interfere with this. Or, your alarm’s signal may go through without a problem on one attempt, but will fail on another for no apparent reason.

Similar to a land line, your VOIP line (specifically your cable connection) can be cut or disabled by a potential intruder, severing your link to the monitoring station.

 

It is important that if you are switching to VOIP that you notify Triad Security right away so that we may arrange to test your panel. It may be prudent to add an additional or alternative alarm transmission method such as a cellular or radio.* Please feel free to contact  your account manager at (908) 964-5252 if you have any questions about your alarm panel or how your system may be affected by a change in your telephone service provider.

 

*Additional charges may apply

 

For 25 years, Triad Security Systems has offered security systems to commercial and industrial clients. Triad Security Systems offers state of the art security solutions for clients in a variety of industries. We can help your business reduce inventory loss and loss due to employee or vendor theft or error. Call us today at 908-964-5252 to have a security expert review your security plan and offer quality, technological solutions. Triad offers mechanical and electronic access control, video surveillance with analog or IP video cameras, licensed locksmith services such as key management, commercial lock maintenance and repair, intrusion alarm & fire alarm/detection and central station alarm monitoring and audio/video intercoms. Triad security experts can help you to deter criminals, prevent loss, detect illegal entry and report on daily activities in secured areas. Triad is a complete security solutions provider. Don’t hesitate to call us today! The investment you make today could not only help you save today but protect your assets, facility and employees in the future.

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Survey: 75 Percent Of Homeland Security Professionals Expect 9/11-Type Of Attack In Next Five Years

Security Products Magazine - Nov 09, 2009

While a majority (57 percent) of Homeland Security professionals say America is safer now than it was before the September 11 attacks, 75 percent believe the country will experience a similar terrorist attack in the next five years -- and Americans aren’t prepared, according to a recent survey commissioned by the National Homeland Defense Foundation and Colorado Technical University.

 

The survey, which was conducted by Kelton Research, revealed that 94 percent of these professionals don’t think Americans know the appropriate steps to take if a terrorist attack were to happen in their hometown.

 

The full findings will be shared at the 2009 NHDF Homeland Defense, Homeland Security Symposium on Nov. 9-11 in Colorado Springs, Colo., where more than 600 security experts are gathering for the nation’s leading public forum for dialogue on homeland security and homeland defense-related topics.

 

Among survey findings from professionals within the field:

  • Even Homeland Security experts don’t feel safe. More than half of those surveyed (51 percent) do not personally feel safe from a terrorist attack.
  • Cyber-terrorism is an emerging threat. When asked which security issues the U.S. should invest more resources in over the next five years, computer networks or the Internet came out on top (58 percent), followed by homegrown or domestic terrorism inside the U.S. or infrastructure (49 percent), and U.S. coastlines and harbors (42 percent).
  • Public education needs to be increased. Fewer than three in 10 (27 percent) Homeland Security professionals believe the U.S. is doing a good enough job to educate the public on what to do if the U.S. experiences a terrorist attack.
  • Need for more qualified applicants. Only 17 percent of survey respondents believe there are enough qualified job applicants to fill key roles in Homeland Security.

 

“Since September 11, many aspects of national security have improved, but we still have progress to make in terms of education for the professionals serving our country and in improving communications between government agencies at all levels,” said Donald E. Addy, NHDF president. “Much more can be done to prepare our nation for attacks, especially as acts and threats of terrorism evolve.”

 

Nearly eight in 10 (77 percent) of Homeland Security professionals surveyed believe that the response of federal, state and local governments to a terrorist attack today would be more coordinated than it was in 2001. Moreover, almost three in four (74 percent) feel that communication on Homeland Security matters across all government levels has improved since 9/11.

 

Although the survey shows greater confidence in government coordination, the following findings suggest areas for improvement:

  • Almost nine in 10 (87 percent) feel that the field is fragmented, not cohesive, when it comes to communication or collaboration among agencies and departments.
  • As for terrorist threats, 58 percent think that Homeland Security in the U.S. is still generally reactive rather than proactive.

 

“This survey clearly shows we need to do a better job when it comes to helping the public understand how to be prepared should we experience another terrorist attack similar to 9/11,” said Capt. W. Andy Cain, USN (Ret.) a member of the CTU Homeland Security Advisory Board. “Professionals in the industry need preparation as well -- in the form of advanced education and training to meet the needs the career will demand in the future.”

 

In addition to better public education, the survey also demonstrates a potential need for better education within the field. Seventy-two percent of Homeland Security professionals surveyed think better trained or educated staff would make the most dramatic improvement in America’s Homeland Security. In addition, a majority (71 percent) who don’t already have graduate-level degrees in Homeland Security believe they could advance their own careers with this type of degree.

 

“This survey reinforces what we have long perceived as a need for advanced degrees in the Homeland Security field,” said Greg Mitchell, president of the CTU Colorado Springs campus. “It is for this reason that we developed both master’s and doctorate degrees in Homeland Security, to provide opportunities for current Homeland Security professionals to advance their career, as well as for those looking to enter this growing field.”

 

Those looking to make a difference with a career in Homeland Security may be well positioned to pursue success, with 69 percent of the Homeland Security professionals surveyed portraying their opinion of the job outlook in Homeland Security in the next five years as excellent or good. The following survey results also speak to their experiences within the field:

  • Based on their experiences in the Homeland Security field, an overwhelming majority of the professionals surveyed (89 percent) would recommend a career in the industry to others.
  • Almost one in two (47 percent) of those surveyed frequently, if not always, believe they are personally making a difference with their jobs.
  • Sixty-three percent of those surveyed feel the public values the services they perform.

 

Copyright 2009, 1105 Media Inc.

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Security Tips: Protect Your Business from Holiday Crime

Some say it is "the most wonderful time of the year,” yet statistics indicate that the holiday season is a popular time for crime, especially for businesses. Increased inventory and decreased hours of operation make it easier for unauthorized intruders to get access to your building and goods.

According to the FBI, more than 30 percent of businesses will experience a burglary this year. The holiday season can be an especially dangerous time for illegal intrusions as well as shoplifting, which tends to peak around this time. Shoplifting is estimated to account for between 30-40 percent of a retailer’s lost profit and only about 2 percent of these losses are ever recovered.

This year, take the time to install a few simple security features around your business property. This will help protect your inventory and employees. There are many quick and affordable solutions for securing one’s business during the holiday season. By simply improving existing security features and adding a few new ones you can protect yourself from being targeted before and after the holidays.

Here are a few suggestions to protect your busienss against theft, vandalism and property damage this season:

1. Motion Lights are relatively inexpensive and popular because they can fool burglars into thinking that someone is there when in fact the building is empty. They illuminate large outdoor areas when movement is detected which can scare away potential intruders before they get too close to your business.

2. Update Your Locks If you recently moved your business to a new location, updating your locks immediately increases the security of your property. This prevents previous owners from using their old keys to access all your goods. Make sure you consult a licensed locksmith like Triad Security Systems to inspect and replace your locks. This will ensure a level of quallity workmaship is maintained.

3. Video Monitoring Business owners interested in keeping a constant watch of their property should consider video monitoring. There are a number of solutions for businesses with a smaller budget. Some solutions don't even require the purchase of a DVR/NVR - just the cameras - and owners can view their live and recorded video by logging into a web site just for their business. 

4. Be proactive about securing your business this season. Look for identification on delivery personnel and keep inventory well-organized. Also keep in mind that after Christmas, you are not in the clear as burglary rates spike in January. Continue to use your security features so you can stay protected the rest of the year.

For a free security assessment, contact Triad Security Systems today at (908) 964-5252 or sales@triadsecurity.com.

For 25 years, Triad Security Systems has offered security systems to commercial and industrial clients. Triad Security Systems offers state of the art security solutions for clients in a variety of industries. We can help your business reduce inventory loss and loss due to employee or vendor theft or error. Call us today at 908-964-5252 to have a security expert review your security plan and offer quality, technological solutions. Triad offers mechanical and electronic access control, video surveillance with analog or IP video cameras, licensed locksmith services such as key management, commercial lock maintenance and repair, intrusion alarm & fire alarm/detection and central station alarm monitoring and audio/video intercoms. Triad security experts can help you to deter criminals, prevent loss, detect illegal entry and report on daily activities in secured areas. Triad is a complete security solutions provider. Don’t hesitate to call us today! The investment you make today could not only help you save today but protect your assets, facility and employees in the future.

*Disclaimer

Security Tips: Protect Your Business from Holiday Crime

 

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Some say it is "the most wonderful time of the year,” yet statistics indicate that the holiday season is a popular time for crime, especially for businesses. Increased inventory and decreased hours of operation make it easier for unauthorized intruders to get access to your building and goods.
According to the FBI, more than 30 percent of businesses will experience a burglary this year. The holiday season can be an especially dangerous time for illegal intrusions as well as shoplifting, which tends to peak around this time. Shoplifting is estimated to account for between 30-40 percent of a retailer’s lost profit and only about 2 percent of these losses are ever recovered.
This year, take the time to install a few simple security features around your business property. This will help protect your inventory and employees. There are many quick and affordable solutions for securing one’s business during the holiday season. By simply improving existing security features and adding a few new ones you can protect yourself from being targeted before and after the holidays.
Here are a few suggestions to protect your busienss against theft, vandalism and property damage this season:
1. Motion Lights are relatively inexpensive and popular because they can fool burglars into thinking that someone is there when in fact the building is empty. They illuminate large outdoor areas when movement is detected which can scare away potential intruders before they get too close to your business.

2. Update Your Locks If you recently moved your business to a new location, updating your locks immediately increases the security of your property. This prevents previous owners from using their old keys to access all your goods. Make sure you consult a licensed locksmith like Triad Security Systems to inspect and replace your locks. This will ensure a level of quallity workmaship is maintained.

3. Video Monitoring Business owners interested in keeping a constant watch of their property should consider video monitoring. There are a number of solutions for businesses with a smaller budget. Some solutions don't even require the purchase of a DVR/NVR - just the cameras - and owners can view their live and recorded video by logging into a web site just for their business. 
4. Be proactive about securing your business this season. Look for identification on delivery personnel and keep inventory well-organized. Also keep in mind that after Christmas, you are not in the clear as burglary rates spike in January. Continue to use your security features so you can stay protected the rest of the year.

For a free security assessment, contact Triad Security Systems today at (908) 964-5252 or sales@triadsecurity.com.

For 25 years, Triad Security Systems has offered security systems to commercial and industrial clients. Triad Security Systems offers state of the art security solutions for clients in a variety of industries. We can help your business reduce inventory loss and loss due to employee or vendor theft or error. Call us today at 908-964-5252 to have a security expert review your security plan and offer quality, technological solutions. Triad offers mechanical and electronic access control, video surveillance with analog or IP video cameras, licensed locksmith services such as key management, commercial lock maintenance and repair, intrusion alarm & fire alarm/detection and central station alarm monitoring and audio/video intercoms. Triad security experts can help you to deter criminals, prevent loss, detect illegal entry and report on daily activities in secured areas. Triad is a complete security solutions provider. Don’t hesitate to call us today! The investment you make today could not only help you save today but protect your assets, facility and employees in the future.

Survey: 75 Percent Of Homeland Security Professionals Expect 9/11-Type Of Attack In Next Five Years

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Security Products Magazine - Nov 09, 2009
While a majority (57 percent) of Homeland Security professionals say America is safer now than it was before the September 11 attacks, 75 percent believe the country will experience a similar terrorist attack in the next five years -- and Americans aren’t prepared, according to a recent survey commissioned by the National Homeland Defense Foundation and Colorado Technical University.
 
The survey, which was conducted by Kelton Research, revealed that 94 percent of these professionals don’t think Americans know the appropriate steps to take if a terrorist attack were to happen in their hometown.
 
The full findings will be shared at the 2009 NHDF Homeland Defense, Homeland Security Symposium on Nov. 9-11 in Colorado Springs, Colo., where more than 600 security experts are gathering for the nation’s leading public forum for dialogue on homeland security and homeland defense-related topics.
 
Among survey findings from professionals within the field:
  • Even Homeland Security experts don’t feel safe. More than half of those surveyed (51 percent) do not personally feel safe from a terrorist attack.
  • Cyber-terrorism is an emerging threat. When asked which security issues the U.S. should invest more resources in over the next five years, computer networks or the Internet came out on top (58 percent), followed by homegrown or domestic terrorism inside the U.S. or infrastructure (49 percent), and U.S. coastlines and harbors (42 percent).
  • Public education needs to be increased. Fewer than three in 10 (27 percent) Homeland Security professionals believe the U.S. is doing a good enough job to educate the public on what to do if the U.S. experiences a terrorist attack.
  • Need for more qualified applicants. Only 17 percent of survey respondents believe there are enough qualified job applicants to fill key roles in Homeland Security.
 
“Since September 11, many aspects of national security have improved, but we still have progress to make in terms of education for the professionals serving our country and in improving communications between government agencies at all levels,” said Donald E. Addy, NHDF president. “Much more can be done to prepare our nation for attacks, especially as acts and threats of terrorism evolve.”
 
Nearly eight in 10 (77 percent) of Homeland Security professionals surveyed believe that the response of federal, state and local governments to a terrorist attack today would be more coordinated than it was in 2001. Moreover, almost three in four (74 percent) feel that communication on Homeland Security matters across all government levels has improved since 9/11.
 
Although the survey shows greater confidence in government coordination, the following findings suggest areas for improvement:
  • Almost nine in 10 (87 percent) feel that the field is fragmented, not cohesive, when it comes to communication or collaboration among agencies and departments.
  • As for terrorist threats, 58 percent think that Homeland Security in the U.S. is still generally reactive rather than proactive.
 
“This survey clearly shows we need to do a better job when it comes to helping the public understand how to be prepared should we experience another terrorist attack similar to 9/11,” said Capt. W. Andy Cain, USN (Ret.) a member of the CTU Homeland Security Advisory Board. “Professionals in the industry need preparation as well -- in the form of advanced education and training to meet the needs the career will demand in the future.”
 
In addition to better public education, the survey also demonstrates a potential need for better education within the field. Seventy-two percent of Homeland Security professionals surveyed think better trained or educated staff would make the most dramatic improvement in America’s Homeland Security. In addition, a majority (71 percent) who don’t already have graduate-level degrees in Homeland Security believe they could advance their own careers with this type of degree.
 
“This survey reinforces what we have long perceived as a need for advanced degrees in the Homeland Security field,” said Greg Mitchell, president of the CTU Colorado Springs campus. “It is for this reason that we developed both master’s and doctorate degrees in Homeland Security, to provide opportunities for current Homeland Security professionals to advance their career, as well as for those looking to enter this growing field.”
 
Those looking to make a difference with a career in Homeland Security may be well positioned to pursue success, with 69 percent of the Homeland Security professionals surveyed portraying their opinion of the job outlook in Homeland Security in the next five years as excellent or good. The following survey results also speak to their experiences within the field:
  • Based on their experiences in the Homeland Security field, an overwhelming majority of the professionals surveyed (89 percent) would recommend a career in the industry to others.
  • Almost one in two (47 percent) of those surveyed frequently, if not always, believe they are personally making a difference with their jobs.
  • Sixty-three percent of those surveyed feel the public values the services they perform.
 
Copyright 2009, 1105 Media Inc.
 

 

BBB Alerts Consumers about Census; Workers: Be Cooperative, but Cautious!

For years, Better Business Bureau has educated consumers about not giving out personal information over the telephone or to anyone who shows up at their front door. With the U.S. Census process beginning, BBB advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.

The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race and other relevant data.

The Census data will be used to allocate more than $300 billion in federal funds every year, as well as determine a State’s number of Congressional representatives. Households are actually required by law to respond to the Census Bureau’s request for information.

“You should always be cautious to avoid giving out personal information whenever an unknown person calls your home or knocks at the door, however assisting Census workers is an exception to that rule,” noted Tim Burns, Public Affairs Director for the Better Business Bureau Serving Detroit & Eastern Michigan. “Assisting with the U.S. Census is an important responsibility that people should cooperate with, but also keep your guard up.”

During the U.S. Census, households will be contacted by mail, telephone or visited by a U.S. Census worker who will inquire about the number of people living in the house. Unfortunately, people may also be contacted by scammers who are impersonating Census workers in order to gain access to sensitive financial information such as Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers. The BBB has started receiving information that scammers are already posing as Census Bureau employees and knocking on doors asking for donations and Social Security numbers.

“Scammers know that people will be more trusting about things associated with the Census and will be looking to take advantage of that,” added Burns. ”Watch out for e-mail scams involving the Census or people stopping by your house or calling you on the telephone posing as government employees attempting to solicit money or sensitive financial information.”

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

  • If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.
  • Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.
  • Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail or in person at home. However, they will not contact you by e-mail, so be on the lookout for e-mail scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit www.bbb.org.  The Better Business Bureau is a non-profit organization with the purpose of preventing fraud and unethical business practices and promoting trust in the marketplace. In addition to its recognized dispute resolution services, the BBB maintains reliability reports on the customer service history of more than hundreds of thousands of local businesses and provides consumer education materials on numerous topics. Local BBBs provide services freely to the public and has service areas across the country.


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