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April 2016

Case study: Employment Securities Commission

April 19th, 2016

Hands with dollarsRecently, we’ve been working with the Employment Securities Commission at the state government to create better, more efficient information tracking systems. We’ve done that a couple of ways.

Here’s how we’ve been able to help so far.

Electronic Benefits Payments Control (BPC)

For a long time, we supported the Employment Securities Commission’s interoffice document management system from a database perspective. We’ve expanded our work for them to help them with their electronic benefits payments control.

The electronic benefits payments control has an audit tool to detect when overpayments have occurred. This is specifically to catch overpayment of unemployment benefits, when there is a glitch in the system or someone is trying to “double-dip.”

A cross-referencing system in place increases the ability to detect when claimants may be trying to get around the regulations. Intelligent, dynamic case assignment of claimants helps as well. Collecting data and running it through benefits payments control system can indicate if a case or a claimant need investigation.

This system will help the state keep better track of who is receiving benefits. Our next step is to prioritize flagged cases that could save the state a significant amount of money, if the issue is resolved.

For Employers filing quarterly unemployment taxes

Another project that we’re working on is called Easy Tax Express. Our goal is to make it easier for employers to pay their quarterly unemployment taxes.

Currently, the process for unemployment taxes is difficult and inefficient. We meet with decision-makers on a regular basis to discuss this mission-critical project, and are involved in several initiatives to improve this process through an efficient system.

One improvement is new requirements for automating the process when your terminated employee applies for unemployment. In the new system, when someone is fired from a job, they will apply for unemployment, and then there will be an automated notification to the previous employer asking for verification. Then the employer will be able to will download a pre-filled form, streamlining the entire process.

The changes we’re making to this system are gradual, and it will take time to update the entire system. We look forward to being able to fully implement the plans we are forming.

We’re energized by the work we’ve been able to do so far for the Employment Securities Commission, and happy to share about the impact that efficient systems can have-not just for one workplace, but for the entire state.

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Protect your customers’ information

April 5th, 2016

Old fortress, tower under attackAre you ever worried about someone hacking into your company’s database? It’s where all your most secure information is. If someone is able to bypass the security in your website, it’s often not much harder to access your database from there.

A security product from Oracle known as Oracle Firewall could help. It lets you see all the IP addresses of the people accessing your website, monitoring what kind of data is being requested. It also serves as a barrier between your website and your database, making it more difficult to get to your most secure data.

One way you can use this firewall to protect your data is to change the accessibility settings on your website. You have the capability to block your website’s accessibility to people outside of the United States.

If your business is international, of course, that would be a terrible thing to do. But if all of your current and future clients will be Americans, you can filter out literally billions of people who would not be customers but could potentially be hackers by toggling those settings.

Depending on what someone hacks on a website, it could be a minor, embarrassing nuisance, or a large security breach. If someone hacks your website and changes a page, that’s embarrassing. But that’s all it is. If a hacker is able to break into your database, there’s the potential for a significant confidentiality breach, especially if you keep credit card information or social security numbers in your database.

This Oracle firewall is a great resource for website owners who are worried about their customers’ security. It could be a good fit for your business if you need to be PCI (or PCIDSS) compliant to do credit card business, if you need to be HIPAA compliant, or if you need to adhere to SOX. All the security requirements for your printed information are required for your online information as well.

For optimal security, you need to have access-level reporting that will tell you the location of the people who are accessing your website. This system will take care of that.

It can even monitor SQL commands to determine what kind of data is being requested. That means this Oracle security system can help block hackers from your database based on what they’re looking for on your website. They won’t even get close.

This firewall will give you realtime alerts and you can give it passive or active permission for monitoring and addressing threats. It works for a variety of database systems, as well-not just on Oracle systems.

Whether you’re a small business-owner or you have your own IT team, this new Oracle system can greatly increase your company’s database security. Especially if you have confidential information stored on your database, it’s worth your consideration.

If you want to know more about this security system, feel free to give us a call.

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