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Emergency Alerts

- Americans can sign up to receive emergency alerts from their local community organizations. Now the U.S. National Emergency Alert Registry. People can also sign up for the Wireless Emergency Alerts provided by the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Cloud Technology

- Companies are increasingly turning to cloud-computing technology to manage their informational assets. This 2013 study by IDG Enterprise looks at facts and figures behind the types of cloud services businesses are choosing.  

Americans with Disabilities Act

- A federal court has ruled that, because a company did not properly define an employee’s job, that employee may pursue a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A night-shift dispatcher asked to be switched to a day shift because of his diabetes and hypertension. The company refused to switch the employee to the day shift and the employee sued. Because the job description did not specify that the night shift was essential to the job, the court allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

Emergency Preparedness

- In testimony before a Senate committee, RAND researcher Arthur Kellermann explained that preparedness programs are the key to quick, organized response to catastrophic events.

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.
 




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