Alice Snell has written an excellent article in the 1/22/07 issue of Network World entitled IT Security Gets Personal. She builds the case for conducting background checks on IT staff and cites interesting statistics related to background checks. For example, an estimated 7% to 12% of applicants are rejected due to results of background checks, with about 5% to 6% due to criminal issues and about 2% to 4% due to false information provided on resumes or job applications.
The article includes another astounding statistic: 75% of banking employees have stolen from their employers, according to U.S. Banker.
She concludes the article by stating: Optimizing the IT background check process can improve accuracy, shorten turnaround time, and lower costs. Better quality screening results can safeguard both employees and employers.