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Jon Seals

The compliance profession faces many challenges. Some are more important than others. When it comes to evaluating performance, or measuring compliance programs, the profession has a steep uphill climb.

Unfortunately, measuring compliance programs and defining what an “effective” program is an issue that requires extensive research and analysis. Justice Potter Stewart’s famous words defining “obscenity” – “I know it when I see it,” just will not work when it comes to effective compliance programs.

The US Sentencing Commission has provided required elements of an “effective” compliance program; the Department of Justice has advanced the dialogue with its own approach and definition, as set forth in the FCPA Guidance and recently in the FCPA Pilot Program.

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http://blog.volkovlaw.com/2016/06/defining-effective-ethics-compliance-programs/

In the film Limitless, the main character Eddie finds himself able to learn and analyze information at a superhuman rate. He temporarily has the ability to instantly and meaningfully cross-correlate all of the previously forgotten experiences from his past (1) and assess multiple scenarios in the future. He does this simply by taking a pill.

I don’t have a pill for you, and I’m not going to claim any product can make you Limitless. However, I will say Cisco Tetration Analytics comes closer than anything in the industry to delivering similar capabilities!

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http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/tetration-analytics-limitless-time-machine

At Citrix Synergy this year, ExtraHop won the Best of Show award for our ransomware detection solution.

Giving the reasons for the win, panel judge Brian Madden said, “You could literally put the product in, push GO, and get the benefits instantaneously.”

We were honored by the recognition and thrilled that the judging panel interviewed some of customers and heard firsthand how they were using the ExtraHop ransomware detection solution.

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https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/06/15/ransomware-profitable-for-criminals-hard-to-stop-for-enterprises/

(Bloomberg) — Cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab says it has uncovered an online marketplace where criminals from all over the world sell access to more than 70,000 hacked corporate and government servers for as little as $6 each.

Kaspersky discovered the forum after a tip from a European internet service provider. The market, called xDedic, is operated by hackers, who are probably Russian speaking, that have ditched their traditional business model of just selling passwords and have graduated instead to earning a commission from each transaction on their black market.

“It’s a marketplace similar to EBay where people can trade information about cracked servers,” said Costin Raiu, head of global research at Kaspersky Lab. “The forum owners verify the quality of the hacked data and charge a commission of 5 percent for transactions.”

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/06/15/hackers-found-selling-access-to-70000-company-servers/

(TNS) - The Baltimore 911 system crashed for at least an hour Tuesday night, leaving police and firefighters unable to receive calls to the emergency phone line, the city's Office of Emergency Management and firefighters announced.

The system went down around 8:20 p.m., city officials said. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced around 10:15 p.m. that it was restored.

The crash was suspected to be caused by a problem with Verizon, said Robert Maloney, director of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/next-gen-911/Baltimore-911-system-crashes-restored-after-at-least-an-hour-down.html

(TNS) - The Newton, Iowa, Police Department in partnership with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office to launch the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign throughout Jasper County.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s campaign aims to raise public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime activity.

“This program came about as a result of our want and need to partner with the community at a deeper level and encourage them to report any type of suspicious activity,” Newton Police Chief Rob Burdess said.

The main focus of the national campaign is terrorist and terrorist activity, but Burdess sees the local program as a way to empower citizens to report any suspicious activity regardless of the severity.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Local-authorities-launch-See-Something-Say-Something-campaign.html

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who suffered damage or loss from the May flooding and were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration may lose income-based FEMA grants if they don’t complete and submit the SBA loan application.

Other Needs Assistance grants may cover uninsured losses for furniture, appliances and other personal property, even vehicles. Survivors will not be considered for this type of assistance unless they complete and return the SBA loan application.

Applicants from Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington counties should complete the application, even if they don’t want a loan.

“The SBA loan application is used to review an applicant’s eligibility for additional assistance,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas. “For that reason, complete the application even if you don’t plan to accept the loan.”

Some types of Other Needs Assistance—medical, dental and funeral expenses—are not SBA dependent, and completing the loan application is not required. However, it is always recommended by recovery experts. The application is not required for survivors seeking temporary rental assistance.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property, offering low-interest disaster assistance loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

Survivors may apply online using the electronic loan application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s customer service center by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit sba.gov/disaster.

Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Rd., Fort Worth, TX  76155.

SBA loan applications can be submitted even as disaster survivors await an insurance settlement. The loan balance will be reduced by the settlement. SBA loans may also be available for losses not covered by insurance.

  • Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 from SBA to repair or replace their primary residence.

  • Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

  • Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury. SBA offers low-interest working capital loans—calledEconomic Injury Disaster Loans—to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes.

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the May storms at fema.gov/disaster/4272; or visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at txdps.state.tx.us/dem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion6.

Download fema.gov/mobile-app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Download fema.gov/mobile-app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more.

In today’s world with everyone constantly on the go and the need to rely on our phones for work-related activities, it’s essential to provide mobile app accessibility to both the administrator and the audience you’re communicating with. You never know when a critical event will strike, but by having access to an emergency notification app to reach and interact with your people gives you the ability to keep your business and people safe.

Emergency notification app for administrators:

AlertMedia’s emergency notification app enables admins to send and receive important notifications on the go from your smartphone—Android, iPhone, tablet, and more. Getting the message out to your audience fast requires only a few simple taps to create and send a notification.

With the app, you can receive alerts that monitor your organization’s safety, respond to events and incoming messages quickly, and resolve time-sensitive situations. It securely stores and retrieves messages and past notifications, so you can keep the pulse of the business and your people informed.

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https://www.alertmedia.com/using-alertmedias-emergency-notification-mobile-app-to-manage-critical-communications/

Airbus DS Communications to offer NICE’s certified, integrated NG9-1-1-ready solutions for recording and incident information management

Paramus, NJ – Emergency communications centers are adopting text-to-911 in growing numbers and investing in future-ready technology for managing calls, radio and texts as well as all types of multimedia communications. Now, two public safety powerhouses, NICE (NASDAQ: NICE) and Airbus DS Communications, Inc, the home of VESTA®, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, are expanding their technology partnership to better equip Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) with integrated, end-to-end solutions for managing these communications.

Airbus DS Communications will offer NICE’s suite of NG9-1-1-ready solutions to its customers. This includes NICE solutions for audio recording, text-to-911 logging, screen capture and NICE Inform, the industry-leading digital evidence management solution. The offering further expands Airbus DS Communications’ already robust VESTA® next generation public safety communications solutions, which span NG9-1-1, land mobile radio and emergency notification.

NICE and Airbus DS Communications are deploying their integrated solution at seven Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) sites in Texas. BVCOG is currently taking text-to-911 calls through the VESTA® 9-1-1 integrated VESTA® SMS system and will capture and manage these text communications—along with 9-1-1 and radio audio—using NRX and NICE Inform to create a unified, complete incident reconstruction environment.

“NICE’s NG9-1-1-ready solutions complement our VESTA suite and we are excited to offer them to our customers,” said Bob Freinberg, CEO of Airbus DS Communications. “PSAPs need proven solutions to manage greater volume and a variety of information sources throughout the call handling process. By integrating VESTA and NICE Inform solutions, we’re providing an end-to-end call handling system that addresses these challenges unlike anything else in the market.”

“The Public Safety world is constantly evolving, and NICE and Airbus DS Communications share the common vision that in order to serve our customers’ needs, our solutions must provide a sound investment today, while assuring readiness for tomorrow,” said Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE. “This is one reason that PSAPs are adopting VESTA and NICE Inform solutions in record numbers. We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with Airbus DS Communications so more PSAPs can benefit from our future-ready solutions.”

The VESTA 9-1-1 solution offers powerful NG9-1-1 applications for call handling, text-to-911, mapping and data management and analytics. More than 3,700 PSAPs across the U.S., which represent 20,400 positions, and over 190 PSAPs on federal installations in 13 countries rely on Airbus DS Communications call handling solutions. NICE Inform captures, manages and puts multimedia incident information into proper context to deliver comprehensive insight on the ‘who, what, when, where and why’ of incidents. More than 3,000 NICE Inform systems are now deployed around the world. Both companies’ solutions are NENA i3 aligned.

About NICE
NICE (NASDAQ: NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of enterprise software solutions that empower organizations to make smarter decisions based on advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data. NICE solutions help the world’s largest organizations deliver better customer service, ensure compliance, combat fraud and safeguard citizens. Over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies, are using NICE solutions. www.nice.com.

About Airbus DS Communications

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year. Airbus DS Communications, an Airbus Defense and Space Holdings, Inc. company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies. The VESTA® product suite provides Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing systems, land mobile radio solutions and emergency notification applications, creating smarter ways to keep all our communities safe.

The Business Continuity Institute - Jun 16, 2016 14:57 BST

With not long to go until the EU referendum when the people of the UK go to the polls to decide the fate of the country's membership of the European Union, the Business Continuity Institute has published a new paper highlighting what some of the challenges may be should the UK choose to leave the EU, an institution it has been a member of since 1973.

'Horizon scanning post-Brexit: What should businesses prepare for?', the latest in the BCI's Working Paper Series, and written by the BCI's Research Assistant – Gianluca Riglietti, notes that a leave vote could result in changes to the regulations that govern our organizations, as well as implications on staffing, supply chains and cyber security. The only clear effect of the referendum however, is the ambiguity relating to what could happen. In this climate, businesses need to think and clearly identify their vulnerabilities linked to Brexit. Firms will need to have plans on how to adjust in order to thrive.

The paper concludes that making sure an organization is resilient requires adopting a proactive approach. The nature of today’s threats is constantly unfolding and evolving, which means that in order to stay on top of them, contingency plans need to be able to change and evolve as well.

Patrick Alcantara, Senior Research Associate at the BCI, commented: “There is certainly a gap in this kind of publication as most tend to focus on the political dimension surrounding the UK referendum. I see this paper as useful material for organizations as it raises important questions pertaining to preparations related to a possible Brexit. It highlights specific areas which may benefit from further analysis in the hope of raising overall levels of resilience following the vote.

Download your free copy of 'Horizon scanning post-Brexit: What should businesses prepare for?' to understand more about the possible challenges of the UK leaving the EU.