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- States have not made enough improvements in the areas of cybersecurity, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Report. Find out what other areas need improvement.

Conscience Clauses

- A federal district court has ruled that pharmacists cannot be compelled to dispense emergency contraceptives. The pharmacists claim that providing the medication violates their religious beliefs but a state law requires all pharmacies to stock and dispense the medication. The court ruled that the state’s regulations violate the constitutional right to free exercise of religion.

Passenger Screening

- Read through a PowerPoint presentation explaining the International Air Transport Association’s vision for the “Checkpoint of the Future.”

Watch List

- A Malaysian national may challenge her inclusion on the U.S. government’s No-Fly List, according to a federal appeals court. The plaintiff, ruled the court, has significant ties to the United States as a university professor who lectures and travels extensively. The court ruled that the plaintiff has the right to try and establish that she does not belong on the government watch list.

Vicarious Liability

- The Supreme Court of California has ruled that a student who was sexually abused by his high school guidance counselor may pursue his liability claim against the school district. The court ruled that the district may be held vicariously liable if it failed to adequately supervise the counselor.


- This online-only feature explores the effects of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the contract security guard industry.

Electronic Devices

- The Symantec Honey Stick Project lost smartphones on purpose to see what people did when they found them. The finders searched personal and business data on the phones.


- An article published in The Journal of Transportation Security presents two researchers’ evidence that terrorists can defeat backscatter full-body scanners.

Hiring IT Experts

- This Government Accountability Office report describes how some government agencies could improve the way they hire and retain cybersecurity professionals.


- A federal district court has ruled that a company’s attendance policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it required employees to disclose the nature of their illness when providing documentation for sick leave. Under the company’s policy, a doctor’s note had to include the illness or reason for the sick leave. The court noted that this could require employees to divulge information about a disability, a violation of the ADA.


- A federal appeals court has ruled that a police officer who assaulted a contract security officer while both were stationed at the Pentagon is not immune from liability.

Wounded Warriors

- The U.S. Navy recently published a guide for employers who wish to hire wounded warriors. You can find the guide via


- The White House has outlined its implementation plan for countering violent extremism within local communities. Read more about the plan online.

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