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S.C.AN IN THE CONTEXT OF CORPORATIVE SECURITY
Scientific Content Analysis – S.C.AN. is one of the forensic methods with which one is able to discern the credibility or deception of statements. It has been developed in the 60s of the past century by German psychologist, prof. dr. Udo Undeutsch, and improved by an Israeli polygraphist – also psychologist, mag. Avinoam Sapir. Initially it leaned on Statement Validity Assessment, but in following decades, it has been developed as an independent psycho-forensic science for the needs of government intelligence and interrogation services. Within the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation that he established in Arizona, US in 1981, Sapir has developed this technique by conducting extensive research into verbal communication, looking into the linguistic behavior used by people in communication. The basic premise of the technique constitutes the fact that true statements differ from the deceptive ones. The S.C.AN. is now being used by federal, law enforcement, and military agencies throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia Israel and in Europe in Belgium and Netherlands, as well as within the private sector, such as banks, insurance investigators and by private industry. Corporations have implemented it into their security mechanism for preventing unwanted occurrences, criminal acts within the company, to detect industrial espionage, in anonymous letter cases and threats, for human resource purposes etc. Its goal is the elimination of trustworthy and loyal subjects and focuses on critical subjects that could have been disloyal towards employer or be a risk in any matter. For human resources purposes, the main objective is prevention. Its implementation strengthens the belief among employees the corporative security matters, which results in desirable behavior within the company in general. The method in gaining an influence in regards of ensuring the corporative security, partly due to its non-aggressive method, which is very usable in private sector to hinder the possible risks.