SMBs in Scotland urged to invest in better vetting practices
Small and medium-sized businesses operating within six different industry sectors in Scotland are being urged to invest in new training for better vetting of staff.
Training programs are being delivered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) in a bid to prevent the hiring of shady and irresponsible employees, after the centre revealed that almost 85 per cent of all fraud is committed by past and present staff members, holyrood.com reports.
SBRC has stated that fraud crimes are likely to cost businesses in excess of £3 billion in 2015, bbc.co.uk notes.
Vetting staff members and other processes involved in individuals joining, moving or leaving organisations are the main point of focus for the training packages. The six sectors being targeted are:
- joiners, movers, and leavers
- investigation and post-incident management
- security and access controls
- staff monitoring critical behaviours, risk identification, and integrity testing
- procurement, fraud, counterfeiting, and organised crime
- security networking, cyber impersonation, and infiltration.
“They’re aimed fairly and squarely at the small to medium enterprise,” said SBRC associate Grahame Clarke, who has been involved in devising the training.
“Big companies like Royal Bank of Scotland can protect themselves. We know they can, because they’ve got big budgets to protect themselves; they employ the very best people; the very best techniques; the very best systems. But equally the risk is at any level, so it could be the small to medium enterprise who employs 16 people and very often that insider threat, somebody going in and stealing the database or copying the database of their customer client list, can be catastrophic to that enterprise.”