Houston Private Investigation Company Spotlights Hidden Business Threats

Business Alone in the Dark – Under the Spotlight – With Copyspace

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Running a business involves a great many challenges, and this Houston private investigation company helps when those challenges involve threats to the business. They can involve internal, external threats, or both. Often you’re in the dark, unaware of threats, and the job of the private investigator is to spotlight them for you.

Internal Theft

In businesses with inventory, especially warehoused inventory, shrinkage is often considered a part of business. Often it’s only addressed when it reaches a level that can’t be ignored. By that time the money lost could have hired an investigator to ferret out the employees or vendors who are pilfering the stock. Sometimes the long term solution is a well-executed profiling and background check system for new hires and periodic followup.

External Theft

Customers, vendors, transportation companies, and others are all in positions that could facilitate theft of your products or services. If you’re experiencing losses, and internal theft isn’t the problem, consider hiring professional help to locate the sources.

Intellectual Property Theft

This category of theft also involves trademark and copyright infringement. Proprietary software and other intellectual property, including marketing plans, are all at risk for theft. If you have a secret or proprietary process that works well for your business, you can bet that competitor businesses would love to have it. Don’t wait until they find a way to steal it before you take protective measures.

Litigation Services

If you’re in business long enough, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself in a litigious situation. It doesn’t matter whether you’re being sued for something you’ve done or if it’s just a nuisance action. All legal action against your company is a threat to your ongoing business. This Houston private investigation company is hired by many prominent attorneys for investigations related to defense in lawsuits.

TSCM, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

It’s always gratifying and interesting to see management reactions when spying devices, bugs, cameras and recorders are discovered in a business. Sweeping and debugging are services in high demand in today’s high-tech world. If your business has proprietary or highly successful processes and methods, someone would love to have them as well. A sweep of the phone systems, meeting rooms, and offices of a business can result in the discovery of all kinds of spying devices.

Computer and Cell Phone Forensics

With a major part of our personal and business lives conducted over cell phones and recorded or performed on computers, it’s only natural to find that there are others who would find ways to track our activities on these devices. Locating malware and other software and applications that spy on your activities is what computer and cell phone forensics is all about.

Personal Protective Services

If there are physical threats to company personnel, this private investigation company has the equipment and expertise to protect them at work, home, or wherever you choose. Highly trained investigators are experienced at personal protective services.

All of these are services provided on a regular basis by this Houston private investigation company. With other branches around Texas, contacting Rob Kimmons at Kimmons Investigations is a wise move for any business owner or manager who wants to spotlight issues and resolve them for a better and more profitable business.

Securing the Mainframe: How Companies can Empower Security Analysts to Protect the Backbone of Their Enterprise

To apply true holistic security best practices and reduce significant risks to the mainframe, security teams must embrace an integrated mainframe security strategy.
When it comes to securing the platform, the simplest solution of applying intelligent security software like EDR and testing its effectiveness—the security best practice that exists on all other systems—is often the best and offers reassurance for every autonomous digital enterprise.

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Smile, You’re on Camera: The Facial Recognition World Map

There’s a good chance that at some point you’ve been watched, scanned, or analyzed by facial recognition technology — potentially without even realizing it, says a new study by Surfshark.
In fact, governments’ use of the technology is on the rise globally: there are now 109 countries today that are either using or have approved the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes, says the study.

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$40.2 million reminder about the importance of due diligence and monitoring


Companies that deceive consumers often don’t act alone. Pull back the curtain and you may find behind-the-scenes businesses that lend a hand. The FTC alleges that Atlanta-based First Data Merchant Services and its former vice president, Chi “Vincent” Ko, engaged in conduct that helped scammers rake in megabucks at consumers’ expense. The $40.2 million total proposed settlement should warn other companies of the hazards of looking the other way when fraud stares you in the face.

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NIST Study Measures Performance Accuracy of Contactless Fingerprinting Tech

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has evaluated several commercially available contactless fingerprint scanning technologies to compare their performance.
The results of the study, published as NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8307: Interoperability Assessment 2019: Contactless-to-Contact Fingerprint Capture, show that devices requiring physical contact remain superior to contactless technology at matching scanned prints to images in a database.

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Houston Private Investigator Expanding Services

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Houston private investigator Rob Kimmons is expanding his operations around Texas.

Houston private investigator Rob Kimmons is adding branches and personnel to provide more Texas private investigator services around the state. This Houston private investigation firm has been in business for many years, and has been involved in many high profile cases nationally, and particularly in Texas. Here’s an excerpt from one chapter in Rob’s book about the case of disappearing legislators in Texas in 2003:

Back in May 2003, there was a redistricting plan scheduled for a vote in the Texas legislature, and it resulted in the mass disappearance of fifty-three Democrat legislators.

It was a major story in Texas and went national, with some antics and possibly shady goings-on as well. I’m going to give you some information and quotes here from various online and news sources that I cannot verify as accurate. What I can verify is how these missing legislators were actually located through my firm’s involvement.

The proposed redistricting plan would have resulted in more Republican seats in the legislature, something the Democrats definitely didn’t want. There weren’t enough Democrats to keep the plan from passing, but there were enough to keep it from coming to a vote. The story hit the news nationally when fifty-three Democrats went missing, depriving the Republicans of the quorum they needed to bring the issue to a vote.

They say everything’s big in Texas, and a bunch of missing Democrats and the story were a big deal at the time. Republicans put Democrat lawmakers’ pictures on milk cartons and decks of playing cards. It was like they were seeking terrorists or lawbreakers.

Under the Texas Constitution, a majority of members can vote to compel the presence of enough members to reach a quorum. The Republicans immediately did so, and they sought out law enforcement to help them to find the missing legislators.

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s website even issued an Amber Alert-type of notice to citizens to assist in locating the Democrats so they could be rounded up and returned for a vote. The legislators’ names were posted and a toll-free phone number created for reports of their whereabouts.

You can get a free pdf copy of this book at the link above to see how that case turned out. This Houston private investigator intends to continue serving Texas and the nation well into the future.

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51% of Organizations Say Their Security Teams are Prepared for Rising Cyberattacks during COVID-19

Only 51 percent of technology professionals and leaders are highly confident that their cybersecurity teams are ready to detect and respond to the rising cybersecurity attacks during COVID-19, according to new research by global association ISACA.  Additionally, only 59 percent say their cybersecurity team has the necessary tools and resources at home to perform their job effectively.

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Financial Services Companies Lack Trusted Data to Make Cybersecurity Decisions

Senior security leaders within financial services companies are being challenged with a lack of trusted data to make effective security decisions and reduce their risk from cyber, according to Panaseer’s 2020 Financial Services Security Metrics Report.
The results demonstrate myriad issues with the processes, people and technologies required to have a full understanding of the organization’s cyber posture and the preventative measures required to stop a security control failure from becoming a security incident.

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Houston Private Investigator Investigative Hiring Advice

This Houston private investigator says that one thing can be said about most professions: There are ethical professionals and there are bad apples who reflect poorly on everyone. The PI business is particularly attractive to some people who see it as glamorous and with low barriers to entry.

I personally believe that blatant liars and unethical, incompetent investigators make up a noticeable percentage of the PI business. That’s a bold statement, but I’ve bumped into far too many in our business who prove my point.  I love the PI business, and I despise those who discredit our work through misconduct or criminal activity.

A story that I tell in some of these speaking engagements. It’s important in this book, as I believe many would-be PIs will be readers.

Houston Private Investigator Says Investigate Your Investigator

It doesn’t have to be a difficult thing. Most states require licensing for investigators. Check to be sure the investigator you want to hire has an active license. Request his/her complaint and disciplinary history from the licensing authority.

Make an appointment and go to the PI’s office. Is it a professional office space? Does the business have the tools of the trade? How long has the investigator been in business? Ask about background and experience. Does someone there have past law enforcement experience? That’s a plus from a knowledge perspective but also for valuable contacts.

If you have the time and want to be even more certain you’re hiring the right investigator, check the public records for past lawsuits, criminal convictions, or actions against them. Does the investigator or staff have experience in the type of investigative services you need? If all they’ve done is divorce surveillance, they may not be a good choice for complex litigation.

Clients shouldn’t be hiring an investigator based on a high profile or their personality.  My business is mostly about collecting facts. Facts are facts, and they do not need enhancement or fabrication, or at least they shouldn’t. My business is also pretty much one of routine rather than excitement. Sifting through public records is a boring but important part of the job. Spending long days in surveillance to get that one or two hours of useful information or a few photos is common.

It’s also a business of technological surveillance and research. A professional investigator needs the tools of the trade. From investigative databases to covert and overt photography and surveillance equipment, it’s an expensive business if you do it right.

This Houston private investigator can’t stress strongly enough that you must investigate your investigator.




The risk that “no risk” offers pose to your business

Lesley Fair

Small businesses and nonprofits should never be on the receiving end of another company’s deceptive practices. An FTC action challenges the methods of companies that allegedly pitch offers for “no risk” business publications and then follow up with hefty bills for unauthorized orders. But it doesn’t stop there. The FTC says if a business refuses to knuckle under to payment demands, the defendants turn the account over to a debt collector, whom the FTC also has sued. Notably, the defendants have received warnings about their practices for years.

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