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Economic Espionage

- A bill (S. 678) introduced by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) would increase penalties for economic espionage. The bill would also require that the U.S Sentencing Commission consider a tiered system to address different types of espionage.

Retaliation

- A court has ruled that an employee can bring a retaliation claim against his former employer for actions the employer took after the employee’s termination. In the case, the employee was sued for defamation after he resigned. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the employee could still sue the company for retaliation. (Psy-Ed Corporation v. Klein, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, No. SJC-10722, 2011)

How to Outsource Wisely

- Learn to avoid the pitfalls of poorly executed contracting arrangements and make your vendor a partner.

Bolstering Security Education

- Many security managers say end-user education is a central part of IT security. More regulations are also requiring that organizations demonstrate that they’re conducting such training.

Building an Enterprise-Wide Business Continuity Program

- The author explores widely accepted risk management principles and backs them up with real-world experience.

Whistleblowers

- The Sarbanes-Oxley Act does not protect whistleblowers who report violations to the media, according to a federal appeals court. In the case, two financial auditors told a newspaper reporter about auditing practices that they believed violated the law, and they provided the reporter with internal company documents. The court found that such violations may only be reported to federal authorities, members of Congress, or the company’s own officials.

Drug Testing

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not stipulate how long a drug user must undergo rehabilitation before being protected by the act, but an employee is not protected by the ADA if the drug use is sufficiently recent that the employer can reasonably believe drug abuse is still an issue.

Bolstering Security Education

- Many security managers say end-user education is a central part of IT security. More regulations are also requiring that organizations demonstrate that they’re conducting such training.

Legal Report

- In two similar cases, courts ruled that students who created fake MySpace pages to spoof pages that their principals might have created were protected under the First Amendment.

Morning Security Brief: Terrorism Report, FBI Informants, Illegal Licenses, Caribbean Crime, and More.

- State Department annual terrorism report finds more of the same in terms of the threats and the usual suspects. There are more FBI informants now than ever. DMV employee indicted for issuing illegal licenses. Crime on the rise in the Bahamas. And more.

Virginia Earthquake a Reminder for Adequate Disaster Planning

- Disrupted cell phone service and an unexpected earthquake highlight the need for emergency planning -- even in areas not prone to certain types of disasters.

Editor's Note: Who’s Really Stealing Company Assets?

- Looking at whose hands are really in the corporate cookie jar.

When Darkness Falls in Delhi

- The growth of 24/7 call centers in India puts women at risk. Efforts to protect them have generated results as well as criticism.
 




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