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- How protected from data leakage is your business? A survey of IT decision makers and found 60 percent of companies lost confidential data in the last year. 33 percent believe it could put them out of business.

Identity Theft

- The recommendations are in from the President's Task Force on Identity Theft: the strategic plan advises four broad policy changes including that federal agencies reduce the unnecessary use of Social Security numbers.

Hostile Workplace

- Accidentally seeing pornography viewed by colleagues is not sufficient for a hostile workplace claim ruled a federal appeals court. However, the court determined the woman could pursue a claim based on the overall environment in which women were continually denigrated, called names, and placed in sexual situations.

Emergency Planning

- Don't know what to do if pandemic influenza hits the U.S.? Then read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's pandemic influenza preparedness and response guidelines for the healthcare field.

Disaster Response

- A small nuclear weapon would have a catastrophic impact on the healthcare systems of four major U.S. cities say two scientists, but advise deployable medical equipment coupled with environmental modeling software could save lives.

Aviation Security

- Read a critical intra-agency review of the Department of Homeland Security handling of suspicious passengers on board a flight in 2004, which has been called a terrorist 'dry run' by the media.

Pretexting

- A bill (H.B. 58) under consideration in the Hawaii House of Representatives would make it a felony to broker or sell customer information acquired from a telecommunication provider.

Explosives

- A bill (H.R. 1680) that would regulate the sale and purchase of ammonium nitrate has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. Ammonium nitrate is a critical ingredient used in making explosives.

Cargo Security

- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection have tried to secure inbound air cargo, says the GAO, but their efforts need to be strengthened.

Campus Crime

- Check out the latest statistics on criminal offenses on college and university campuses from the FBI.

School Counseling

- In light of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the RAND Corp. provides a tool-kit for school-based mental healthcare for students recovering from a traumatic event.

RFID

- The government has developed guidelines and a set of best practices for RFID use in federal agencies and private corporations. The best practices are intended to reduce the privacy and security risks associated with RFID.

Background Screening

- Six DHS background screening programs are examined by the GAO and found to be duplicative of one another, resulting in widespread redundancies and other inefficiencies.
 




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