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Hack of HealthCare.gov Portal Exposes 75,000 Consumer’s Data

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disclosed that a hack of HealthCare.gov has exposed the data of 75,000 consumers. CMS, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services announced last week (Tuesday, October 16) that they had detected “anomalous system activity” earlier in the month.

Training Security Staff to Deal with Difficult People

Security officers and receptionists are on the front lines of most client, visitor, vendor, or customer-contact interactions. Most people are cooperative when it comes to showing their identification (ID), signing visitor logs, or waiting for escorts. A small percentage of people can be impatient, manipulative, obnoxious, and even threatening. It can help to provide so-called […]

Handling a Media Interview as a Security Expert

If you’re a security professional with your own consulting or security equipment firm, you may be called on by the news media to give them a quote. It could be for a story from one of your hometown TV stations, the local radio station, or newspaper, or even a national cable news outlet. You could […]

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Anthem Hit with $16M Judgement in Record HIPAA Settlement

Anthem Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to settle HIPAA allegations related to the historic data breach the insurer suffered in 2015. The record amount of the resolution agreement, announced October 15 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is nearly triple the previous high of $5.5 million.

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Is There a Value to Professional Security Certifications?

The security world is full of professional certifications, ranging from the plethora of initials offered by ASIS, to homeland security designations, to a fraud examiner’s certification, to others related to crisis management, threat management, and even critical incident stress. Do the examination costs, recertification fees and costs, and study time make sense for security professionals […]

The Challenge of New Federal OSHA Guidelines for Workplace Violence Prevention

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created new guidelines for workplace violence prevention, measurement, and response. Its purpose is to help organizations address when a workplace violence perpetrator violates OSHA’s well-known General Duty Clause (GDC), which says employees must protect their employees from all types of physical harm.

New TSA Travel Rules May Put Stress on U.S. Travelers Returning from Overseas

Recent changes and pending new ones in travel restrictions for airline passengers coming from certain Middle East countries have banned the possession of laptop computers inside the cabin of the plane. More changes may be forthcoming, including adding 71 additional international airports to the current list.

Ohio School District Allows Teachers, Staff to Be Armed

In what is a growing trend in some school districts across the United States, the school board for the Georgetown Village School District in Georgetown, Ohio, voted to allow its teachers and staff to be armed at work. All staff members who want to participate in this program will go through a 3-day firearms certification […]

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Employee Handbooks: The Vital Link in a Cybersecurity Chain

When it comes to cybersecurity, two factors are coming together in a worrying way. One lurks in the results of a survey, conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel, that shows employee error is the leading cause of data breaches. The other was revealed in research carried out by CompTIA, which discovered that almost half […]