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October 2017 SM Online


Forty-nine percent of organizations said they are in the process of creating an insider threat program, but 31 percent still do not have a plan and are not addressing threats through one, according to the SANS survey Defending Against the Wrong Enemy: 2017 SANS Insider Threat Survey. The study concludes that although a greater number of attacks might come from outside the organization, the most serious damage is done with help from the inside. The report highlights the importance of managing internal threats as the key to winning at cybersecurity.


To prepare for crises, U.S. embassies are required to conduct nine types of evacuation drills each fiscal year, including duck-and-cover, bomb threat, and chemical/biological response. But these requirements are not always met, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. 


The U.S. Department of Justice issued new guidelines on federal adoptions of assets seized by state or local law enforcement. 


Increasing workplace diversity is a good business decision, according to a recent article from the Harvard Business Review. It reports that companies with diversity in management are more likely to have financial returns above their industry mean, and diverse teams focus more on facts and are more innovative.


Canada Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale introduced a bill that would create new oversight measures for the nation’s spy agencies. It would create the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency to review departments and agencies within the Canadian government that have national security functions.


The lack of security on mobile devices off the shelf, combined with usage by federal employees who might handle sensitive information, is a threat to national security, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security study. 


A Gallup poll based on telephone interviews with a random sample of American parents revealed that the spikes in parents’ fear for their children's safety in the wake of high-profile school shootings have receded.  


Pharmaceutical manufacturer and generic oxycodone provider Mallinckrodt LLC will pay $35 million to settle allegations that it violated provisions of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.


A U.S. federal appeals court upheld rules that allow the FBI to issue surveillance orders to telecommunications firms that prevent them from disclosing the order.