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- According to a new study from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, a shortage of security experts with strong leadership and communications skills poses a direct challenge to organizations around the world. The study includes feedback from more than 12,000 IT security professionals from across the globe.

Trade Secrets

- An employee accused of stealing intellectual property from his employer must turn over his personal iPhone to be examined as part of the discovery process. The judge ruled that, because of the phone’s functionality, the order was “tantamount to ordering the production of [a] computer.”

Extremism

- Researchers are looking into how leaders’ speeches can trigger violent responses. Read their report.

Employment

- An employee who was fired after a Facebook post showed her at a party when she was on leave for debilitating back pain may not sue her employer after she was fired for fraud. 

Background Screening

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a company did not violate a former employee’s confidentiality when it disclosed medical information to prospective employers.

Terrorism

- The White House is setting up a new interagency working group to counter online radicalization. The activities of the new group are designed to raise public awareness and give tips for staying safe online.

Cybersecurity

- The European Union (EU) has released its new cybersecurity strategy. The program calls for each EU member state to set up a computer emergency response team to address hacking and malware incidents.

Online Pharmacies

- Learn more about what the government and private organizations are doing to combat the growing number of fraudulent online pharmacies.

Firearms

- According to the Texas Attorney General’s office, state law makes it illegal for employers to prohibit employees from storing handguns in locked, private vehicles.

Discrimination

- A workplace policy that requires all employees who seek treatment for substance abuse to submit to random drug testing constitutes disability discrimination, according to a New Jersey appeals court. The tests could not be justified by business necessity or for safety reasons and were required of those employees with no history of poor performance.

Airport Security

- According to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), canine teams are not being effectively used in airports to screen people for explosives. Read the details online.

Investigations

- The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a company is liable for pretexting undertaken by a third party on the company’s behalf. The court ruled that the company must pay compensatory and punitive damages to the employee who was the target of the investigation.

Terrorism

- A new report explores why terrorist groups die off and whether government intervention can help speed the process. The report also discusses how factors such as the age of the organization can affect its demise.
 




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