first_imgPRIVATE INFORMATION on hundreds of Donegal people may now have been leaked following a security breach at Letterkenny’s Department of Social Protection.The Deputy Director of the DATA Protection Commission has confirmed to that this is the biggest investigation his department has ever undertaken.The massive probe was sparked after a civil servant passed on sensitive material to a private investigator who then passed it on to a number of financial institutions. Mr.Gary Davis of the DPC confirmed to us that TWO private investigators and a number of financial institutions are now being examined as part of their investigation.“This is the biggest investigation we have undertaken. We can confirm it involves one individual passing on information to a private investigator whom we believe passed on this information to a number of third parties. “The investigation is still ongoing so we are limited to what we can say at the moment. I can confirm that two private investigators and a number of financial institutions have been visited as part of our investigation process,” he said.Although Mr.Davis would not be drawn on how many people’s information was accessed and passed on to the private investigator, it is believed to run into hundreds. He added that possible prosecutions arising out of the probe was a matter for the Gardai to decide upon.The civil servant, who worked at Government buildings at Oliver Plunkett Road, was caught when Gardai raided the home of the private detective.Detectives found the confidential details of a number of people at the PI’s office during the raid.The details were then cross-referenced with Government employees who had accessed all these people’s records and a match was found.A full investigation into the details of the information passed on is currently being processed by DATA protection chiefs. The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is investigating suspicions the private investigator was using the information to send reports to a number of leading insurance companies.The Government employee at the centre of the probe has not been seen at his office in Letterkenny for a number of weeks and has now officially been suspended.The DPC’s investigation was sparked following an internal probe in the Department of Social Protection.Managers at the Letterkenny Department discovered the civil servant was accessing records of people he had no apparent business with. The department checked these to his phone logs, which showed he had contacted a number linked to the private investigator.Last night a source at the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny said yesterday’s shocking revelations on was the talk of the Department.“It had been rumoured that something had happened and that somebody had been suspended but to see it in black and white was shocking.“It’s a valuable lesson for all of us that the information we have access to is highly sensitive and we must protect it.“The public has a right to expect that information stored on them remains confidential,” he said.A spokesperson for the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny would not comment on the matter as an investigation into the incident had been launched.EndsREVEALED: DONEGAL CIVIL SERVANT AT CENTRE OF ‘BIGGEST EVER’ PROBE INTO PERSONAL DETAIL LEAKS was last modified: January 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Do You Know Your Employee Worth?

first_imgWe know our credit score when shopping for a new car and our buying power when purchasing a home, but when it comes to our value as employees, many of us have no clue of our worth. Sure we can get a sense of the salary different roles command, but how much someone should be valued at goes way beyond that.“Most people think about how much does the job pay but there’s so much more to it,” says Brian Mohr, co-founder and managing partner at Tempe, Arizona-based Y Scouts, a purpose-based leadership search firm. Job seekers and people contemplating a switch also have to think about what they bring to the table and how they will make a difference in the organization, he says.Rewind a couple of years and people would be happy to have a job, let alone a good paying one. Today, the job market is on the mend and for sought-after skills, there’s even a talent war going on. This means many employees are now in the driver’s seat.When it comes to determining your value, experts say the first place to start is examining the average salary for your profession and your years of experience. That isn’t difficult to do thanks to the plethora of information online. It also a good idea to check with your network and/or mentors to see what they think you’re worth.Your worth is based on much more than experienceOnce you have a sense of how much someone in your field with your experience makes, the hard work starts. That’s because there is a ton of value found in the non-quantifiable areas such as your innate capability and ability to learn necessary skills, as well as your cultural fit within the organization. According to Rya Conrad-Bradshaw, vice president, managing director, US Partnerships at Fullbridge, you can’t give these skills a score but they do increase your value to employers.Let’s say you’ve been a salesperson for more than ten years and were single handedly responsible for growing sales at double-digit rates at every company you ever worked for. At the same time, you are an extremely quick learner. That ability to pick things up is going to make you more valuable than someone who is slow to learn, even if he or she is a top salesperson. Same goes with your attitude. You may be great at what you do but if you don’t fit well with the company’s culture, it could be a waste of time for both sides.Perks can trump salary Companies don’t come up with a potential employee’s value by looking at their experience alone, and you shouldn’t only consider compensation when mulling an offer or applying for a position. Just like companies, weigh things like your ability to learn and fit into a company culture. You have to decide what’s most important to you.You have to weigh the other perks whether it’s a flexible work schedule, the ability to work from home, a short commute or a fast tracked career path, says Mohr. The salary may not be impressive but those things that improve your quality of life may matter more and thus carry higher value. “A lot of this is making a trade off,” says Mohr. “Would you take less money and in exchange for what?”Figuring out your worth is one thing, using it to your advantage is a completely different story. According to career experts, if you have an idea of your value you can use it to your advantage when interviewing and during salary negotiations. Not only will it give you confidence but by learning how much you should command, you also figured out your strengths and will be more prepared to talk about them, says Conrad-Bradshaw.At the end of the day one of the worst thing anyone looking for a new job or contemplating one should do is get hung up on the salary alone. Wearing blinders can prevent you from identifying a potential gem or taking a job that really does turn out to be too good to be true. “We wouldn’t recommend limiting your options or only applying for a job with a certain salary,” says Syed Hussain, vice president at Robert Half Finance & Accounting. “Candidates who have specialized skills in today’s market may be worth more than they think.”last_img read more