10/31/2011 09:13:00 AM EST
Halloween and Compliance
A compliance professional can turn the fun and chaos of
Halloween into a boring night on the study of procedure. Here, I'll prove it.
Let's start with costumes.
Have you imposed a "no costume = no candy" rule. Perhaps
you merely skimp on the older kids who have skimped on dressing up. If you,
like me, are suddenly living in winter you need to figure out what do with the
kids who are all bundled up fighting the cold. They might all look like Eskimos
tonight instead of zombies and superheroes.
Perhaps you are afraid to skimp because those older kids
who didn't put much effort into a costume may put more effort into toilet paper
and eggs. Are you willing to compromise on your rule because you are afraid of
How would that reflect on your compliance program?
Let's move on to technology.
What about using Halloween metaphors to remind yourself
about protecting your computer? Try the FCC:
cyber ghouls and online scammers feasting on your computer? This
Halloween, learn how to stop them at OnGuardOnline.gov.
let someone decide to be you for Halloween. Read more about online
identity theft at OnGuardOnline.gov.
let computer security worries haunt you at night. OnGuardOnline.gov says download
software updates and patches often.
Stake through the heart? OnGuardOnline.gov
says only the latest security software protects you from online vampires.
warning! Update your security software often to protect your computer from
zombie bots. Read more at OnGuardOnline.gov.
let old security software spook you. Keep firewall, anti-virus, and
anti-spyware software updated, and visit OnGuardOnline.gov.
of online tricks this Halloween and enable your computer's firewall. Find
out more at OnGuardOnline.gov.
let a virus ruin your computer's Halloween spirit. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for tips to
keep your computer virus-free.
be a "phish" for Halloween. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov
to learn how to spot computer scams that try to hook your personal info.
you tell kids about Halloween safety, tell them about online safety too.
To learn how, read Net Cetera at OnGuardOnline.gov.
you leave your laptop for 'just a sec,' it could become someone else's
Halloween treat. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov
to learn more.
you spot an internet scam dressed up as a great deal? Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for tips on how
to spot online frauds.
And let's put a little scare into you while your little
ones are running around the neighborhood.
A team of local law enforcement agencies in Milwaukee are
going door-to-door in search of sex offenders who are breaking their compliance
are not allowed to have anything related to trick-or-treating that includes
bowls of candy Halloween decorations, pumpkins. They can't have their porch
light on indicating that the residence is participating in any trick-or-treat
activities," said Melissa Othmer of the Department of Corrections,
Probation and Parole.
additional commentary on developments in compliance and ethics, visit Compliance Building,
a blog hosted by Doug Cornelius.
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