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Privacy and Government Surveillance

Contributed by David W. Mitchell

Federal government’s broad powers to act for public safety and national security are limited by the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment. The 9/11 attack have open the doors on warrantless surveillance programs. The mass collection of sensitive information has been challenged by many as an invasion of privacy. Snowden’s release of sensitive information has brought to light the true challenges between government surveillance and privacy. There is a true need to balance government surveillance and privacy in order to protect America. Lawmakers are starting to recognize this with the introduction of new laws to tackle and balance privacy with government surveillance. These improved laws must be introduced on a national level.

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Legal Issues of Data Held Hostage

Contributed by Robert Underwood

Data held hostage has become a recent technology trend with computers and with these types of attacks in which crooks take a victim’s data and hold it for ransom demanding money to release our data back to us, which seems to be clearly a violation in law but how do we prosecute these criminals and what can we do to prevent these types of attack. A similar attack vector used like ransomware restricts a victim’s access to their computer functionality by popups and annoying spawning programs in which money is leveraged from the victim to stop the attack.

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Regulations to Reduce Data Breaches

Contributed by David Mitchell

Over the past years there have been targeted data breaches that affected many large corporation and even the federal government. Target store and Office of Personnel Management OPM were two of the biggest data breaches of 2015. Some of these data breaches could have been identified or remediated if the corporation or government agency reported proper notification or conducted compliance audits as required by law. The Communication Act of 1934 and Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 are some of the regulations that protect this type of information. These regulations are due for an update by state and federal legislators to bring laws current with technology. Legislators are starting to show some focus on regulation or compliance for data breaches and cybercrimes after the data breach of Office of Personnel Management.


Understanding USB Flash Drives as Portable Infrastructure

Contributed by Ray Chance

The purpose of this white paper is to briefly discuss seven important topics everyone in business needs to know about USB flash drives. More importantly, this white paper is meant to challenge current business thinking that treats small portable devices as big security problems disguised as toys or high-tech gadgets. USB flash drives provide many valuable and productive functions in business. Managers need to look beyond short term concerns, rollup their sleeves, and make USB flash drives apart of their IT landscape. Just like wireless networking, managers must consider USB flash drives as the driving force behind a new, portable infrastructure.

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Social Media Vulnerabilities and Considerations for the Corporate Environment

Contributed by Rob Hornbuckle


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