How to Protect Yourself From Hacker Attacks Abroad Fox Business   By: Amanda Rogers Hackers can easily steal personal or company data from your computer or mobile device, like bank account information or corporate strategy documents. Protect … Chinese Tech Giant Calls For Cyber Cooperation The founder of Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei, which has faced security concerns in the U.S. and Australia, is calling for global cooperation to improve data protection. GOP Senators Introduce Legislation For Disclosing Data Breach The Hill  By: Daniel Strauss Senators introduce guidelines bill for data security breaches … introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2012 (S.3333) on Thursday.  Iran Claims US Planned Internet Attack Washington Times We just don’t do it,” in reference to cyber-attacks. … intelligence analysts, hackers, and even diplomats to coordinate cyber-attacks aimed at terrorist threats. Cyber Crime A Global Threat, MI5 Head Warns  By: Tom…       Read More

In an exciting follow up to the Supreme Court of the Unites States’ decision not to hear Florida and Alabama’s appeal of the 11th Circuit’s ruling, the Corps says it has the authority to grant Georgia’s water request to withdraw 705 million gallons per day from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River.  Follow this link for more…

On June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion in Christopher v. Smith Kline Beecham Corp. finding that Pharmaceutical Sales Reps (“PSRs”) were exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The PSRs claimed that they were not within the “outside sales” exemption because their primary duty was not “sales” of  the prescription drugs to the ultimate end users (patients). Instead, the PSRs only deliver and explain to doctors the educational and marketing materials for the drugs, rather than making sales. The employer admitted that PSRs were barred by federal law from selling prescription drugs because they were not pharmacists or doctors. However, PSRs engaged in “selling” to physicians who were the “real customers” because doctors are the only people authorized by law to write prescriptions and facilitate sales to the end users. While PSRs did not transfer title of the product to…       Read More

Top 10 Data Security Breaches in 2012Healthcare Finance News Initially, the number of those affected stood at 24000, yet, according to UDOH, that number grew to 780000, with Social Security numbers stolen from approximately 280000 individuals and less-sensitive personal data stolen from approximately 500000 … Computer Attack on Iran Adds Urgency to Cybersecurity EffortsThe HillBy: Brendan Sasso Top administration officials, such as National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, have long argued that the nation is at risk of suffering a devastating cyber attack. LinkedIn Breach Exposes Light Security Even at Data CompaniesNew York TimesBy: Nicole Perlroth What has surprised customers and security experts alike is that a company that collects and profits from vast amounts of data had taken a bare-bones approach to protecting it. The breach highlights a disturbing truth about LinkedIn’s computer security: A Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Bad IdeaU.S. News &…       Read More

The NLRB’s Office of General Counsel issued on May 30, 2012, Memorandum OM 12-59; yet another memo on Social Media Policies adopted by employers. This report criticizes seven new policies and follows up on the August 2011 and January 2012 reports. Unfortunately for employers, the latest report identifies what such policies can not say, rather than giving clear guidance to what a policy can contain in compliance with the National Labor Relations Act. Prudent employers need to once again review their social media policies with employment counsel to see if the policy remains in compliance.  “Social media policies” include policies that cover such topics as the use of social media and electronic technologies, confidentiality, privacy, protection of employer information, intellectual property, and contact with the media and government agencies. Because the definition of “social media policies” is so broad, prudent employers may also need to review not just the social media…       Read More

A recent study of the individual health insurance market shows that most of the policies sold fall short of requirements for participation in state Insurance Exchanges.   The Affordable Care Act requires the states to establish health insurance marketplaces by 2014 where individuals can purchase health insurance, if they are not covered under an employer sponsored plan, or if their employer’s plan fails to provide certain minimum benefits at an affordable cost.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has issued rules establishing the level of benefits that must be offered by insurers who participate in these state health insurance exchanges. A study supported by The Commonwealth Fund and published online in the Journal of Health Affairs on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, shows that the majority of individual health plans currently available fail to reimburse health care expenses at a level sufficient to qualify for participation in health insurance…       Read More