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Negligence

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a man who was beaten by a security officer may pursue his lawsuit against the officer’s employer.

Identity Theft

- Recommendations on how local and federal officials can improve police response in identity-theft cases are in a new report.

Check Fraud

- The FBI gives tips for how governmental agencies and organizations can avoid a check fraud scam that targets expired checks.

Explosives

- DOE audit reports that two out of three defense labs are not maintaining controls over nonnuclear explosives.

Quick Bytes: Cybersecurity framework

- The National Science and Technology Council has released the Federal Plan for Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development. The plan provides “baseline information and a technical framework for coordinated multiagency R&D in cyber security and information assurance.” It covers vulnerabilities, threats, and risk, and provides technical perspectives on subjects ranging from authentication and access control to wireless to software testing and assessment tools. An appendix provides roles and responsibilities of the members of the working group that created the report.@ The Report is at SM Online.

Data breach advice

- Not long after a data breach involving the Department of Veterans Affairs, David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office, gave testimony to a House committee on steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of personal data being stolen. The first is to conduct a privacy-impact assessment before deploying new systems; Walker noted that agencies do not always do this. He also recommended limiting the collection of personal information, and limiting the time that such information is retained. @ Privacy: Preventing and Responding to Improper Disclosures of Personal Information is available at SM Online.

Privacy

- The European Court of Justice has ruled that an information-sharing agreement between the United States and the European Union (EU) is invalid because it violates EU laws.

Sarbanes-Oxley

- Companies have seen unexpected benefits from SOX compliance, according to this Harvard Business Review article.

Party Riots

- This report released by COPS provides a framework for understanding student gatherings, specifically the problem of student party riots.

Employee Monitoring

- An appellate court has ruled that singling out an employee and monitoring his work is not harassment unless the monitoring results in an adverse employment action.

Intellectual Property

- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee violated federal law when he destroyed information on his employer’s laptop.

Airport Screening

- Why aren’t more airports opting out of using federal screeners? Read about the issue in a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Counterfeit Drugs

- The FDA has announced new steps to strengthen existing protections against the growing problem of counterfeit drugs.
 




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