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Government Investigative Agencies Blog

Thursday, September 30, 2021

You might have heard the phrase “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” – well, the first software bug was definitely not a feature. An unexplained error kept appearing during genius engineer Grace Hopper’s work designing the Mark II computer in 1947.  After careful study, fellow engineers finally found the source – a moth was…

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

One of the rare opportunities that investigators have to shine a light on their important work is when they present summaries of their agency’s work to legislative committees.  The politicians sitting on these committees often take these opportunities to applaud the waste and fraud uncovered by investigators.  Most investigators aren’t attention seekers by nature.  But…

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Investigative teams need to be viewed as fair and impartial, both to retain their credibility and to continue receiving tips.  Every subject and complainant is entitled to the same level of diligence from your team, no matter their position or seniority.  Subjects are also legally protected from being treated differently because of demographic factors including…

Monday, June 7, 2021

This post is a continuation of “Cybersecurity: Don’t Wait, You Might Be Next!“, which outlines the new cybersecurity risks facing investigative agencies and provides ways they can insulate themselves from the loss or leakage of highly privileged information. #3 – Protect User Credentials Password requirements have gotten more complex over the years.  There’s a good…

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Government cybersecurity has been a concern for decades, especially at the federal level. The attention it has received in the past few months, however, is an order of magnitude higher than in recent history.  Recent cybersecurity threats (on two different fronts) have managed to capture much of the attention not devoted to pandemic response. The…