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Healthcare Security

- See an example of the Violent Incident Report devised by the security department at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Security asks employees to fill out the report each time they encounter aggressive behavior in the hospital.

Aviation Security

- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration neither adequately tracks nor corrects security breaches at U.S. airports, concludes a report.

Data Preservation

- The defendant in a trade secrets lawsuit must pay $73,000 in sanctions after destroying computer data and hard drives shortly after being ordered to preserve evidence, rules a U.S. district court.


- Sandia National Laboratories has opened the Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory, where cybersecurity professionals can meet and discuss critical issues. Watch this video to learn more about the center.


- The whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibit retaliation against employees do not apply to workers outside of the United States, according to a federal judge’s ruling.

Eyewitness Accuracy

- Are humans able to reliably match a person’s face with their photograph? A recent study points to a surprising answer.


- The U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that an employee fired for protected activity may not be reinstated when he later engages in misconduct. In the case, an employee who had been fired for distributing a letter critical of management lost his right to reinstatement after he accosted a former coworker and verbally abused her.

Hostile Work Environment

- A federal appeals court has ruled that evidence of repeated racial slurs and inappropriate jokes over the course of a year is sufficient to support a hostile-work-environment claim.


- A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that American flight schools are still giving lessons to people who pose security threats.

Crime Prevention

- See examples of the crime bulletins used by the City Center District, a business improvement district that helps protect a 233-block area of downtown Philadelphia.


- A teacher who was fired from a religious school after she became pregnant out of wedlock may pursue her sex discrimination claim. The court ruled that a jury could reasonably find that the school actually fired the teacher because she was pregnant, rather than because she conceived out of wedlock.

Protected Speech

- A California court has ruled that a bank may not sue a former employee for defamation after the employee posted negative information about the bank on an Internet forum. The court ruled that the postings were “speech in furtherance of the public interest,” because they concerned the business practices of the financial services sector.

Data Theft

- An employee granted unrestricted access to his employer’s computer network cannot be found guilty under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) if he later steals information from his employer, another district court has ruled. The decision agrees with the Ninth Circuit but conflicts with the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh circuits.

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