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SM Online December 2016


Is your mind-set blinding you to nontraditional talent in cybersecurity? It might be, according to Winn Schwartau’s blog series Hiring the Unhireable: A Rational Imperative for Protecting Networks & Nations, which argues that many current hiring systems exclude nontraditional talent from conventional cybersecurity jobs. Of the more than 25,000 researchers who have signed up to be part of the community of Bugcrowd, a crowdsourced security testing company, many of the best performers don’t come from a security career background. Its St​ate of the Bug Bounty report takes a look at who these individuals are and the future of the bug bounty model. Access the blog and read the report via SM Online.


The U.S. Wireless Emergency Alert service sends 90-character alerts to the phones of citizens in the area where the alert is applicable. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports​ on how to bring the service into the digital age. 


Collectively, sports make up a huge global enterprise that engages billions of people and generates annual revenues of more than $145 billion, according to Global Corruption Report: Sport​, a new paper from Transparency International. But many sports organizations are run in an outdated and nontransparent fashion, making them rife for corruption. Moreover, results manipulation, or the “fixing” of some contests for illicit gambling winnings, continues.


Is innovation overrated? This question was pondered in a recent Freakonomics podcast​ and an article, “Hail the Maintainers,” in the online magazine Aeon


A former employee who kept a firearm locked in his car—in violation of company policy—can sue for wrongful termination, a federal court ruled​.


The Wireless Access Control Report 2016 from IFSEC Global and ASSA ABLOY provides an overview of the current wireless access control market, pulling data from security professionals, facilities managers, and commercial building owners. The white paper also explores the challenges of adopting such systems, including privacy concerns posed by cloud adoption.​


The U.S. Department of Justice’s final rule​ implementing amendments made to the Americans with Disabilities Act implements protections Congress authorized in 2008 designed to clarify the definition of a disability and how it should be interpreted so covered individuals can establish that they have a disability.


Termination was not the only appropriate disciplinary action for a public employee caught smoking marijuana during working hours, the Supreme Court of Connecticut ruled