Cracking Down on Cybertheft

Mon, March 18th, 2013 - 1:27 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Cybertheft is happening big time.   Cybertheft is costly and potentially destructive to a company.   The business is violated where its proprietary data, its information regarding research and development, and its list of clients and their sensitive information can be seriously compromised.

Cybertheft occurs on a daily basis.  Many businesses refuse to acknowledge the depth and severity of this crime or admit their security has been compromised.

The United States is beginning to crackdown on cybertheft.   According to a  Reuters report in the Denver Post, the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals, in New York, revived an old lawsuit regarding a serious incident of cybertheft.  According to the article, this ruling will make it easier for U.S. companies to crack down on cybertheft even when the thieves themselves are outside the country.

Her here is part of the article…”The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Wednesday ruled that a Denver-based chemical company’s lawsuit against a former account manager accused of unauthorized computer access and the misappropriation of trade secrets can proceed, overturning a ruling by a lower court. Wednesday’s ruling means that MacDermid Inc. may pursue civil damages claims against former MacDermid Chemicals account manager Jackie Deiter under Connecticut state law, even though she carried out her alleged theft of the company’s trade secrets from her home in the Toronto area. Connecticut law is applicable in this case because the trade secrets that Deiter allegedly stole were stored on a server located in the state. The ruling could make it easier to crackdown on computer theft that is carried out remotely, including from locations outside of the U.S. Deiter, who worked for MacDermid Chemicals from May 2008 until she was fired for reasons unrelated to the case in April 2011, stands accused of e-mailing customer data, laboratory reports, and pricing lists taken from the company’s server in Connecticut. Deiter has said that she did send the e-mails containing the information and documents in question but said that she did so in the course of her job, not as part of an effort to steal trade secrets.”

Blueseed is Creating a Unique Way of Dealing with the H1-B Immigration Worker Logjam

Wed, March 13th, 2013 - 9:59 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Talk to employers, especially those in technology, about the difficulty of hiring foreign workers for highly skilled job and nearly every one of them will complain about the indecipherable logjam in obtaining for these employment candidates their legal immigration status.   There is a pervasive logjam for H1-B visas.  As some complain, we have a plethora of unskilled workers, yet the more highly skilled jobs go unfilled, because employers can’t get visas for foreign workers.

Some of these employment candidates go to school in the United States, but after college must return to their native countries due to the delays in getting work visas.

So two guys from the Silicon Valley thought of Blueseed.   Skilled workers reside on a ship in international waters and with business tourism visas, they could ferry back and forth to the Silicon Valley once or twice a week.   This is innovation, the kind when a need is perceived and the developers deliver a solution.   This, I should add, is a solution that should gain a lot of attention.

According the the article in the Los Angeles Times…”Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, frustrated by the shortage of visas that keep some of the world’s brightest science and engineering minds from building companies on dry land, have hatched a plan to build a start-up colony in the middle of the Pacific.”

Personally, I love to see this kind of innovation.  Way to go guys.

Washington D.C. Courts Closed Due To Snowstorm

Wed, March 6th, 2013 - 9:44 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting county criminal searches and county civil searches in the Washington D.C. area as background checks for your employment screening program, please be advised the Washington D.C. courts are closed Wednesday, March 6th, due to a snow storm.  There is no word yet whether the courts will reopen tomorrow.

Courts in the District of Columbia will be closed today, Wednesday, March 6th due to a winter storm affecting the area.


Survey Reveals Most Minnesota Gun Owners Support Background Checks for Buying Firearms

Mon, March 4th, 2013 - 11:11 am - By Gordon Basichis

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A recent poll demonstrated the majority of Minnesota gun owners are in support of background checks when purchasing firearms.  Among the 800 people polled for the sample,  more than 70 percent  supported background checks for those who are attempting to buy guns.  The survey shows that most agree the background checks should be also applied to those  who are buying guns at gun shows.

According to the Minnesota Star Tribune…”But among average Minnesotans, such a bill appears to have broad and deep support. The poll, conducted Feb. 25-27 among 800 Minnesota adults, found that 82 percent of those living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties support universal background checks, along with 91 percent of DFLers, and 60 percent of Independents. Among those over the age of 60, three in four favor such checks, as do 81 percent of women. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Outside the metro area, in areas where gun ownership is highest, 69 percent of those polled supported universal background checks.”

The poll found that most respondents favor a national database for conducting background searches on the prospective gun buyers.

Those who opposed to the implementation of background checks cited increased costs and bureaucratic logjams.


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