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In 2010, a projected increase of 62% is anticipated in the number of cases of staff unlawfully obtaining or disclosing personal data, and this figure just includes internal fraud that is recorded and proven.
Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the threat from within and with statistics showing this problem is increasing, organisations need to look at ways to effectively prevent these frauds to limit reputational damage and financial fallout.
An understanding of why internal fraud is committed is also beneficial in tackling the problem. The three major fields of motivation include greed, need and a miscellaneous group including revenge, competitive sabotage, peer pressure, or excitement.
It is impossible to prevent every fraud, therefore if internal fraud is detected then forensic specialists should be used to ensure the evidence is preserved correctly and admissible in court should a case be brought against an employee – after all, every action leaves a fingerprint and digital fingerprints may provide indisputable evidence.
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