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Global Cyber Risk

- Under Cyber Attack: EY’s Global Information Security Survey 2013, a report from Ernst and Young, describes the cyber risks facing today’s business world and offers some strategies for addressing them.

NSA Surveillance

- President Barack Obama asked a group of experts to provide recommendations on modifying the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program. Read the report here.

Business Case

- This guide to developing a business case, written by the ASIS International Leadership and Management Practices Council, is designed to help managers effectively present a program or project to senior management and gain additional resources to advance the program.

Healthcare Privacy

- Patient privacy remains at risk despite federal laws to protect it. Learn more in the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, a study by the Ponemon Institute that was sponsored by ID Experts.

EU Corruption

- Corruption is costly. In fact, it is costing the European Union about €120 billion ($165 billion) per year, according to a recent report from the European Commission. It assesses corruption in all of the EU’s 28 member countries, analyzing industry sectors, the nature and level of corruption, and the effectiveness of measures taken to fight it, which vary from country to country.

Whistleblowers

- The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s opinion, ruling that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act includes employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors. The plaintiffs had been employed by private companies that manage mutual funds for public companies that have no employees. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the Court’s opinion, writing that its interpretation of the law “protects the employees of investment advisors, who are often the only firsthand witnesses to shareholder fraud involving mutual funds.”

Concealed Carry

- A federal appeals court ruled that San Diego County’s policy of requiring “good cause” for concealed carry gun permits is unconstitutional. In its opinion, the court wrote that there is a constitutional right to carry a weapon, such as a handgun, outside the home for protection and that the Second Amendment protects Americans’ right to bear arms.

Disability

- An employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it terminated an employee for a temporary condition that he alleged made him disabled, according to a new ruling by a federal court. The court ruled that an “impairment” is not excluded from being a “disability simply because it is temporary.”

Gun Control

- A federal judge upheld Connecticut’s gun control law, which was passed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In his ruling, the judge wrote that while the law “burdens” individuals’ Second Amendment rights, it is related to the government’s interest of public safety and crime control.

Data Brokers

- A federal court allowed a man to pursue legal action against an investigative service that provided his personal information to a data broker. The court ruled that the service “failed to use reasonable care” in distributing the man’s information, which was later used for an improper purpose.

Online Pharmacies

- One estimate suggests that there were over 36,000 rogue Internet pharmacies in operation as of February 2014, and these rogue sites violate a variety of federal laws, according to a government report. The report also discusses the substantial challenges investigating and prosecuting those involved with rogue Internet pharmacies, which are often complex, global operations.

Fire Prevention

- After two years of the worst wildfires in the state’s history, Colorado’s Legislative Council formed the Wildfire Matters Review Committee to review and propose legislation related to wildfire prevention, mitigation, and related matters. The committee’s findings were published in January 2014 and recommended changes to state law, including new bans on agriculture burning and fireworks.

Infrastructure Protection

- To address additional security concerns facing critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security has issued an updated version of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The new NIPP outlines how the government and private sector in the critical infrastructure community can work together to manage risks in the 16 critical infrastructure sectors.
 




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