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Integrity in Brief

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Cybercrime is a serious threat to the public sector, especially as more of the public’s business is automated. In recent years, malicious actors have successfully infiltrated systems at the U.S. Department of Defense, the Navy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Yet despite all the media attention on external hackers, especially those coming from foreign countries, employees remain the biggest cyber risk to governments. While background checks may promote employee integrity among those in public service, privacy concerns exist. This brief discusses how background checks are utilized to mitigate employee risk of cybercrime in the financial industry. The practices of this heavily regulated industry serve as an ideal example for the public sector, which is increasingly targeted by a highly dangerous form of public corruption: internal cybercriminals.

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