Whistleblowers

Published on 13 October 2010 by in Risk Management

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Many industries are reporting increasing numbers of whistle blowing incidents. The medical industry in particular faces increased risk of whistle blowing due to the extent of medical fraud and the facts that medical abuse victims are often targeted when they are particularly vulnerable and that medical fraud may result in serious harm and loss of life. Businesses and professionals within the medical industry must understand the laws governing medical fraud and abuse and the protections available to whistleblowers. In particular, the federal False Claims Act protections for whistleblowers are particularly strong and those wishing to expose fraudulent activity may do so under the umbrella of these extra protections.

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Outsourced Liability

Published on 06 October 2010 by in Risk Management

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Unfortunately, many businesses fail to properly understand and plan for the risks associated with outsourcing. Federal and state laws governing financial accountability and the handling of privacy data do not, in general, allow the outsourcing of liability. As a result, businesses may find that controls have been outsourced, but not liability for the failure of controls.

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Identity Theft Regulation

Published on 29 September 2010 by in Risk Management

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The federal government has enacted several laws aimed at improving protections related to identity theft. Many states have also taken legislative action regarding identity theft protections. Businesses are faced with the challenges of understanding and following federal and state laws in order to ensure customer and employee information is protected.

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The Effect of Finance on Security

Published on 22 September 2010 by in Risk Management

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Finance plays a crucial role in the development and operation of an effective and efficient information security (IS) program. On one hand, the role of finance in security relates to expenditures and business priorities.

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Employee Monitoring

Published on 04 September 2010 by in Risk Management

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Many companies have begun extending employee monitoring to include off-hours or off duty activities. Mujtaba, Griffin, and Oskal (2004) attribute reduction in employee privacy rights, including employer monitoring off-hours, to recent terrorist attacks such as the Columbine shootings and the events of 9/11 (p. 35). Companies pursuing a risk management strategy that includes off duty monitoring of employees must proceed cautiously to avoid legal action from employees for privacy violations.

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Both identity theft and medical identity theft have significant negative impacts for the victims. Since the victim’s identity has been stolen, the process of establishing that the victim did not actually complete the financial transactions is lengthy and difficult.

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Risk Management Models

Published on 28 July 2010 by in Risk Management

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In the 2007 article, “Strategic risk management: Creating and protecting value,” Beasley describes Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) as, “an emerging business practice […] that emphasizes a top-down, holistic approach to effective risk management for the entire enterprise” (p. 26). As Beasley explains, ERM is distinguished from traditional risk management because ERM “strategically [considers] the interactive effects of various risk events with the goal of balancing an enterprise’s portfolio of risks to be within the stakeholder’s appetite for risk” (p. 26); whereas, traditional risk management is a “silo […] approach, where risks are often managed in isolation, with minimal oversight [of affects to the enterprise as a whole]” (p. 26). Beasley describes an ERM framework known as, “The Return Driven Strategy Framework,” and describes how the framework could have helped in several real cases where risks became issues.

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Organizational Impact of IT

Published on 25 July 2010 by in Strategy

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In the 2003 book, “Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead People Who Deliver Technology,” author Paul Glen states, “Because technology has permeated all functional areas of organizations, every manager must now know how to lead geeks” (p. 18). Glen’s assertion begs two important questions: has technology permeated all functional areas of the modern business and do managers need specialized leadership techniques for handling knowledge workers? An evaluation of Glen’s statement in context with an example company provides a means for determining if the assertions are correct.

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Outsourcing is a critical tool for business managers to control costs and maximize return on the IT investment. Service level agreements have long been a standard for managing the performance of outsourcing agreements. However, service level agreements often fail to provide satisfying results due to offsets and burdensome requirements related to penalties. Balanced scorecard provides a more attractive option for managing the outsourcer. A built-in alignment with business strategy and an orientation towards incentivizing desired behaviors make balanced scorecard a more effective and more satisfying methodology for managing outsourcers. A review of scholarly literature on the subjects of outsourcing, service level agreements, and balanced scorecard elucidates the relative benefits of balanced scorecard compared to service level agreements for managing outsourcing. Balanced scorecard is found to be a beneficial method for managing outsourcing suppliers. However, analyzing the literature identifies a research gap and determines that further research is needed in the areas of outsourcing and supplier management.

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Intrusion detection systems (IDS) seek to identify malicious network traffic. Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) advance IDS technology with the ability to dynamically adjust network and systems configurations to block malicious traffic as it is detected. As Gonzalez, Paxson, and Weaver (2007) state, “stateful, in-depth, inline traffic analysis for intrusion detection and prevention is growing increasingly more difficult as the data rates of modern networks rise.” In order to better understand the technical challenges and associated innovations associated with IDS and IPS, the author proposes to conduct a review of the literature on the subject of next-generation intrusion prevention systems.

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