June 2019 SM Online

National Security

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June 2019 SM Online
 

​CORRUPTION

Only 11 major exporting countries have active or moderate law enforcement against companies that bribe in other countries, according to Transparency International.

​CYBERSAFETY

Targeted attacks against the personal digital lives of high value targets are often more disruptive than direct attacks​ against the enterprise, says a report from Cypiant Black.

CRYPTOJACKING

In its annual Threat Intelligence Index, IBM's X-Force found that cryptojacking attacks increased 450 percent while ransomware attacks declined 45 percent.

​ETHICS

Developing a culture of integrity, ethics, and respect was the most important ethics and compliance objective, according to a NAVEX Global survey.

​ARREST TRENDS

Americans under the age of 26 are more likely to be arrested than Americans born in previous decades. Arrest rates of whites and women are increasing rapidly.

​HATE CRIMES

A report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center found, among other things, that the number of white nationalist groups surged by almost 50 percent from 2017 to 2018:

WHISTLEBLOWERS

The European Union is approving uniform protections for whistleblowers, providing legal guarantees to persons exposing corruption, tax evasion, and other crimes.

​TAX FRAUD

An Israeli bank pleaded guilty to helping U.S. taxpayers hide income and assets from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

STEREOTYPING

A Missouri Supreme Court found it is illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual stereotyping.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

U.S. federal agents arrested various persons in a nationwide conspiracy that allowed students who had cheated on college entrance exams admission into top U.S. universities. ​ 

FIREARMS

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that families​ of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting victims can sue Remington for its involvement in the incident.     

KICKBACKS

Covidien, a healthcare products and medical devices manufacturing company, agreed to a more than $17 million settlement over allegations of violatin​g the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.​  

JUDICIARY CONDUCT

The U.S. Judicial Conference approved a package​ of workplace conduct-related reforms for the federal court system. 

HATE CRIME

A Utah man was charged with a hate crime​ after attacking three men with a metal pole.

MONEY LAUNDERING

A former Mozambique finance minister and other state officials, business executives, and investment bankers were accused of a $2 billion fraud and money laundering scheme.  

NON-COMPETITION AGREEMENTS

Legislation would limit an employer's ability to enter into non-competition agreements with certain entry-level, low-wage employees, and would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act. ​​ 

EQUAL PAY

New legislation in Illinois would ban employers, employment agencies, and recruiters from acquiring an applicant's prior salary information; and would strengthen pay equity protections and pay transparency provisions. ​ 

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Legislation would provide a safe harbor​ for financial institutions that maintain a customer account or customer transaction at the request of a Federal or state law enforcement agency.  

INTERNET OF THINGS

A U.S. bill would regulate government-owned Internet of Things devices. It could also influence the commercial sector to adopt higher security standards. ​

TERRORISM

A New Jersey resident was sentenced to 16 years in prison​ and a life term of supervised release for trying to build and use a pressure cooker bomb in New York for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).    ​

CYBERSECURITY

A Chinese tech company is suing the United States over a law that prohibits federal agencies from buying its telecommunications equipment.