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ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

Whether from external or internal threats, workplaces have the potential for illegal activity.  The risks can involve issues such as workplace violence, theft or use of the computer system to harass or threaten others or engage in copyright infringement.  It is best to determine ahead of time how situations will be handled and that can be done by:

  1. Identifying security factors and risk levels.
  2. Developing a risk abatement and response plan.
  3. Communicating the plan to staff.
  4. Regularly (e.g., annually) training staff.
  5. Reviewing the plan on a regular basis and after an incident.

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SECURITY FACTORS

  • Are money or other valuables kept in the workplace?
  • Location of workplace
  • Physical security of workplace (e.g., locks, architectural barriers, alarms)
  • Does the organization deal with distressed individuals (e.g., mentally ill, disciplinary actions)?
  • Do employees work in secluded areas, alone, off-site or non-standard business hours or travel?
  • Has an employee reported a threat from a personal relationship?
  • Has a former employee made a threat?

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