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IT Security

- The three biggest data security concerns for businesses: outside data harvesting attacks, exposing sensitive information to unauthorized users, and accidental loss of employee data. Read more about the report here.


- An employee fired after filing a sexual harassment claim cannot sue her employer, ruled a federal appeals court, because the employer responded to her claims and tried to remedy the situation.

International Security

- What are the implications of China’s military buildup and global power plays? A Department of Defense report examines the issue.


- Guidelines for how employers can avoid falling foul of rules against family responsibility discrimination (such as when a worker needs leave to care for an ailing parent) are now available from the EEOC.

Critical Infrastructure

- How the U.S. hopes to protect critical infrastructure and key resources through public-private partnerships is in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and seven unclassified sector-specific plans.

Background Screening

- To be found guilty of willfully violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a company must commit an illegal act knowingly and recklessly, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.


- An arbitration program put in place by a law firm was ruled unlawful by a federal appeals court because its conditions were too restrictive.

Emergency Preparedness - Gimme Shelter

- Planning guidelines, templates, and checklists are available from a number of sources to assist companies in developing programs.

Rattlesnakes and Other Surprise Solutions

- As Associate Editor Ann Longmore-Etheridge noted in her feature, there are many resources risk managers can consult whether planning overseas trips or preparing for a pandemic.

Washington - Consumer Reports

- It has become more difficult for employers in Washington state to access an applicant's credit report to make hiring or promotion decisions. Under a new law (formerly S.B. 5774), employers can only obtain credit reports if the information is substantially related to the person's current or potential job - or if it is required by another law.

Airport Security

- The bill (H.R. 1413), introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), would establish an airport security pilot program has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

Data Mining

- The bill (S. 236) introduced by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) would monitor government use of data mining has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.


- A survey of 300 office workers and IT professionals by Infosecurity Europe found that 64 percent were prepared to give away their passwords in exchange for a smile and a chocolate bar; 29 percent of those surveyed admitted knowing a coworker's password.

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