Integrity testing takes shape

March 2010 News

The Security Association of South Africa (SASA) held its first monthly gathering of 2010 at the Johannesburg Zoo in January. The guest speaker for the event was Trudie van der Merwe, director of iPac Risk who delved into a different form of pre- and post-employment screening, integrity testing.

Van der Merwe said that generally speaking, 25% of employees will always be honest and 25% will be dishonest, the other 50% can be influenced one way or another depending on the ethics of the company’s leadership and whether those around them who are dishonest are seen to be rewarded in some way.

In South Africa, the pendulum seems to be swinging the wrong way as 62% of the South African respondents in a recent PWC survey indicated that they have fallen victim to economic crime within the last 12 months, compared with 30% globally. Furthermore, in South Africa, only 62% of companies are conducting credit, criminal and qualifications verifications before employing someone.

Companies that conduct integrity assessments and ethical guidelines are much less vulnerable to economic crime.

She warns that integrity tests can not be used in isolation, but should be part of a broader selection process. IPac uses the South African Integrity Scale (SAIS) test that was developed in the country using a large multicultural South African sample.

Furthermore, the test is relatively short (36 items) that can be completed in about 15 to 30 minutes either using a computer or with paper and pencil. The scores are calculated electronically and results are available almost immediately.

Integrity tests are in no way infallible, but they can assist employers in making better informed decisions about prospective employees

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

New hires at iPulse
Issue 7 2020, iPulse Systems , News
iPulse has welcomed two new employees into its ranks. Shai Weil has been appointed as operations director, while Corneli Botha is the new customer sales liaison.

HID Global acquires Access-IS
Issue 7 2020, HID Global , News
HID Global acquires provider of miniaturised reader devices that combine key technologies for mission-critical markets.

Securing digital transformation
Issue 7 2020 , News
Schneider Electric partners with Fortinet to strengthen ability to secure operations across the business lifecycle and unlock the advantages of a secure IIoT.

Suprema integrates with Paxton’s Net2 access control
Issue 7 2020, Suprema , News
Suprema has announced it has integrated its devices with Paxton’s access control system, Net2.

Free cybersecurity courses
Issue 7 2020 , News
Check Point Software partners with Harvard and MIT-founded edX to deliver free online courses to help close the cybersecurity skills gap.

Fidelity partners with Auto & General Insurance
Issue 7 2020, Fidelity Security Group , News
Fidelity Services Group in partnership with Auto & General Insurance has launched Fidelity InSure, a comprehensive vehicle, home, and building insurance offering.

More apps for open camera OS
Issue 7 2020 , News
The App Challenge will result in 21 new apps running on the Security & Safety Things’ camera OS, based on the Android Open Source Project.

Milestone Systems announces Thomas Jensen as new CEO
Issue 7 2020, Milestone Systems , News
Milestone Systems announced that its board of directors has appointed Thomas Jensen as chief executive officer. Jensen will assume the role on October 1, 2020.

Suprema announces its first virtual event
Issue 7 2020, Suprema , News
Suprema will be hosting its first virtual event, Suprema Connect 2020, which is scheduled to take place over one month from September 15.

From the editor's desk: Waiting for PoPI
Issue 7 2020, Technews Publishing , News
A while ago we heard of yet another cyber breach, this time from Experian.