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June 2013
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Data Breaches

According to a recent survey of IT professionals conducted by the Ponemon Institute, insider fraud is on the rise, with data breaches being one of the most common threats. However, fewer than half of the companies surveyed say they are prepared to deal with the challenge. Read about those and other findings online.

    Domestic Spying

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the government’s domestic spying law do not have standing to pursue their case. The Court ruled that the plaintiffs—journalists, international aid groups, labor organizations, and attorneys—could not sue because they could not show that they had been directly harmed by the law.


      Find out more about an untraditional method of decision making in which a computer program helps assess unlikely outcomes. The process is explored in this report on robust decision making from Rand Corporation.


        A federal appeals court has ruled that the right to carry a concealed weapon is not protected under the U.S. Constitution. The court ruled that it could not declare the act of carrying a concealed weapon as “sufficiently basic to the livelihood of the nation.”


          The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) is working with manufacturers, consultants, integrators, and end users to develop interoperability specifications, or PSIA Profiles.


            The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the CIA must turn over documentation regarding its drone program.

              Central America

              This comprehensive study from the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, Transnational Organized Crime in Central American and the Caribbean, examines trends in violence and the drug trade in Central America.

                Drug Testing

                A federal court has ruled that a steel manufacturing company’s random drug and alcohol screening program is not discriminatory. Given the dangerous nature of the work involved, the court ruled that the program was necessary to maintain a safe work environment.


                  The Center for Global Development released a study in January looking at 160 cases where biometrics have been used in developing countries. Learn more about how biometrics have been used as an identifier in voting systems, national ID databases, and more.


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