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Port Security

- Learn more about a new study, which found that reliance on networked computer systems leaves ports, which are critical infrastructure, vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Human Trafficking

- Read more about the U.S. government’s program to curb human trafficking by ranking countries according to their efforts.

Canines

- A Government Accountability Office report on the TSA Explosives Detection Canine Program analyzed how the agency trains and maintains its dogs and programs. The GAO found that the TSA should regularly analyze program trends to better manage and improve how the canines are used in airports. The congressional watchdog also suggested the TSA’s newer passenger screening program be comprehensively evaluated for effectiveness.

Remote Access

- A report on Web security finds that the greater the number of workers allowed to access a network remotely, the greater the chance of a network breach. Read the full report.

Safety

- A hospital did not violate the law when it refused to hire an operating room nurse who was still undergoing treatment for narcotics addiction. The court ruled that the nurse was not qualified to do the job for which he was applying so the ADA did not apply.

Forensics

- The Cloud Security Alliance has created a new working group to focus on the examination of incident handling and forensics in the cloud environment. In its first white paper, Mapping the Forensic Standard ISO/IEC 27037 to Cloud Computing, the group aims to help practitioners define standardized processes for conducting forensic investigations.

DNA

- The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA on those arrested on serious charges and to enter that DNA into the national database.  

Cybersecurity

- Prolexic, a network security solutions company that provides mitigation against DDoS attacks, has published a report containing the latest facts and statistics on DDoS attacks from the second quarter of 2013 here.

Workplace Violence

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a company did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it required an employee to undergo a psychological evaluation. The company, ruled the court, had legitimate concerns after the employee made threats to a supervisor.

Corruption

- The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 from Transparency International spotlights the prevalence of bribes when interacting with public officials and services.

9-11

- A lawsuit brought by families of victims killed on 9-11 against various organizations that provided material support to al Qaeda has been dismissed by a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have grounds to bring the lawsuit, in part because they could not prove that the organizations’ actions were the proximate cause of the victims’ injuries.

Trade Secrets

- A jury has found David Nosal guilty of trade secret theft, conspiracy, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) after he used his employer’s confidential information to start his own business.

Marijuana

- There is no employment protection for marijuana users in Colorado, according to a state appeals court. Even though recreational and medical marijuana use is now legal in the state, employees who test positive for off-duty marijuana use can be fired from their jobs.  
 




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