Expect a record number of travelers to take to the skies over the upcoming holiday season. Between November 20th and December 1st, 2015, an additional 65,000 people more than the daily average flew to destinations all over the world. Many travelers rely on banked frequent flyer miles to pay for their trips. But, some cyber criminals are preventing their victims from making it off the ground.
American Airlines AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles, and United MileagePlus are among some of the big carriers’ travel rewards programs. They offer similar benefits such as free trips, seat upgrades, free checked baggage and early boarding in return for customer loyalty. Some programs allow customers to redeem miles for car rentals or hotel stays. Records containing trip information, mileage, and how rewards are [...]
In an unprecedented action, the Security and Exchange Commission raised the bar when it comes to protecting whistleblowers. Houston-based engineering and tech firm Kellog Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) received a cease and desist order and a $130,000 penalty for language in a confidentiality agreement employees were required to sign in 2015.
KBR is one of the largest government contractors with over 25,000 employees across 40 countries. Between 2002-2011, they won nearly $40 billion in federal work in Afghanistan and Iraq. A former employee brought about allegations that KBR and Halliburton (KBR’s former parent company and one of the world’s largest [...]
How safe is your personal health information? Two studies by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) point out perceived deficiencies in the way Americans’ health information is protected and secured under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The reports, made public in October 2015, target the audit process and lay out plans to revamp the audit program in early 2016.
Protected health information (PHI) includes a patient’s name, age, gender, prognosis, and payment for treatment. This information, whether communicated orally, electronically, or in written form, when handled by health care providers, [...]
The United States Department of Commerce (DoC) is a regulatory authority, created in 1903, consisting of twelve bureaus. The Secretary of Commerce serves on the President’s Cabinet as an economic advisor on all U.S. business matters. According to its mission statement, “The Department works with businesses, universities, communities, and the Nation’s workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans.”
The DoC consists of twelve bureaus:
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Economics and Statistics Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Bureau of Industry and Security
International Trade Commission
National Technical Information Service Bureau
Minority Business Development Agency
National Telecommunication [...]
In a move that both attracts young, tech-savvy car shoppers and makes the automobile a mobile device, car manufacturers are making connectivity a top priority. It’s becoming the norm to see remote start, streaming music, remote locking and unlocking, wireless tire pressure monitors, Bluetooth, and rolling Wi-Fi as standard features on the car lot. Ford models can send text and email alerts to drivers. Chryslers and Dodges constantly update traffic information and help the user reroute to save time. Mercedes’ mbrace, BMW Assist, and GM vehicles with OnStar technology allow for remote disabling of their engines in the event of [...]