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Professional Services Co. Issues Data Security Incident Notice

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 settembre 2018

Toyota Industries North America, Inc. (“TINA”), which is headquartered in Columbus, Ind. and provides administrative services to its affiliated North American entities, is notifying individuals of a data security incident. The incident could potentially impact the security of certain personal and protected health information regarding approximately 19,000 current/former employees and health plan participants of the TINA family of companies. While the company is not aware of any actual harm to individuals as a result of the situation, it is providing potentially affected individuals with information via First Class mail regarding steps taken, and what can be done to protect against potential harm.
On August 30, 2018, the company discovered that on or around August 15, 2018, an unauthorized third party may have accessed the company email system and potentially gained entry to a small number of email accounts. After discovering the incident, the company took prompt action to contain the threat, including engaging information security experts to secure the email system and help ensure that the unauthorized third party no longer had access. The company also obtained legal assistance and began a review of the incident, which included contacting technology experts to determine what, if any, information may have been accessed. At this point, the company is not aware of any misuse of personal information because of this incident, and to date, the company has no evidence that this data was removed from its systems.
The company took prompt action to investigate the incident as soon as it was discovered and engaged legal and information security experts to assist. In addition to the security measures already in place, the company is also reviewing additional options to enhance its training, technology and security practices to reduce the risk of a similar threat, including requiring multifactor authentication, implementing real-time security monitoring enhancements and revising and redistributing mandatory password protection and reset policies. Additionally, the company is alerting its self-funded health plans’ third-party administrator and notified the three largest nationwide consumer reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – of the incident.

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New position in the C-suite needed to tackle rising social issues

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 marzo 2015

Rockefeller University di New YorkSerious incidents such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and factory fires in India and Bangladesh highlight why some companies should create a new ‘Chief External Officer’ role, according to new research. The new position in the C-suite would be part of an upgraded external affairs policy that can help align strategy and improve a firm’s competitive advantage in a world that sees a greater need for nonmarket –social and political – strategies.The traditional set-up of most firms is to have an established legislative or regulatory affairs function and a separate office for tasks such as community relations and social responsibility.But in Why your company may need a chief external officer, published in Organizational Dynamics, Sotirios Paroutis, of Warwick Business School together with Jonathan Doh, of Villanova University, Thomas Lawton, of Open University Business School and Tazeeb Rajwani, of Cranfield School of Management, argue that a more balanced approach is needed.Dr Paroutis said: “We believe most companies underappreciate the challenges emanating from the nonmarket arena and therefore relegate their external affairs function to a lower status than it should be accorded.“A realistic stance for most companies is a balanced approach to corporate strategy, political activity and social responsibility, which emphasises alignment across these priorities and the functions that are responsible for them.“Our study shows that by increasing the stature and influence of the external affairs function, firms can achieve more effective strategic actions and policies, ultimately serving to increase their competitive advantage.”The team of researchers interviewed executives from a range of companies and found that some of them, for example Lufthansa and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), had developed distinctive and C-level executive roles that engage both political and social contexts in an integrated fashion.Dr Paroutis added: “In the mid-1990s Thomas Kropp managed Lufthansa’s government and regulatory affairs office in Brussels. Like other major airlines at the time, Lufthansa was under growing pressure to increase fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, and adopt an overall social responsibility and sustainability strategy.”Mr Kropp was able to keep his company ahead of the game and meet these challenges head on, even sitting on the Association of European Airlines as Chairman a number of times.”In contrast, other national flag carriers including Alitalia and Iberia failed to recognise or respond rapidly to the new environmental realities.”A second example of a successful external affairs position was that of Malcolm Lane. Between 2001 and 2013, Mr Lane managed the European external affairs office of TCS, which included promoting TCS’s green agenda while exchanging vital position papers with politicians and legislative bodies.Dr Paroutis said: “In an interview, Mr Lane explained to us that TCS created this role as a deliberate part of its strategy to respond to social and environmental pressures, and to be proactive as these interests grew.“Lufthansa and TCS are both unusual examples, however. In most large companies, the development of nonmarket practices is not left to a dedicated individual or function, but instead occurs under the aegis of a broader legal, external affairs or even public relations function. But recent incidents highlight the potential problems of this.“The BP oil spill disaster is an example where the CEO, who was quoted as saying ‘the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest’, could have benefited from the targeted advice and experience of a chief external officer.“Similarly, situations such as the recent tragic fires in Bangladesh and India brought companies such as Gap, H&M and Wal-Mart to centre stage over poor working conditions. These firms were caught flat-footed in their inability to provide coherent responses to criticisms, emanating from a range of governmental and civil society stakeholders, and would have benefitted from such a role.“In the Lufthansa and Tata cases, this role was elevated to an appropriate level so that the importance of political and social issues commanded sufficient managerial attention and subsequent actions at a strategic level.”Dr Paroutis warns, however, there is not simply a one-size fits all option for firms looking to adapt a new strategy using a chief external officer.“The degree to which companies should emphasise political concerns versus social issues – or both – is contingent upon their particular industry, strategies, and product mix,” said Dr Paroutis.“In the end, the nonmarket environment should not be viewed as separate from the other arenas in which firms compete. Only then can firms successfully respond to and proactively influence the politicians, campaigning groups and organisations that facilitate – or impede – their competitive success.”

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WJC Expresses Outrage at Anti-Semitic Incident in Rome

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 gennaio 2014

ronaldlauderfrance-020613NEW YORK—The World Jewish Congress today expressed outrage at the anti-Semitic vandalism visited this past weekend on Roman Jewish institutions. Boxes containing severed pigs heads were sent to the Israel embassy in Rome and the city’s main synagogue, and anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on at least one building, even as the city was preparing to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day today.
“This disgusting and cowardly act shows that the evils of anti-Semitism remain alive in the heart of Western Europe,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. “We are gratified by the outpouring of support for Rome’s Jewish community from Mayor Ignazio Marino and others and the determination of Roman authorities to investigate the incident.”

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Nato and Combined Maritime Forces

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 marzo 2011

London: This weekend a joint effort between two counter piracy task forces led to the safe recovery of the vessel, MV Guanabara. On Saturday the MV Guanabara issued a distress call saying she was under attack by pirates. The crew retreated into the citadel or safe room and kept in contact with the counter piracy forces. The USS Bulkeley of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), was the closest naval vessel that could respond and proceeded to the scene of the incident. The NATO warship TCG Giresun was tasked to support USS Bulkeley.   The USS Bulkeley quickly arrived at the scene of the action and found the vessel with pirates on board and the crew still safely in the citadel. TCG Giresun arrived at the scene shortly after to support the recovery operation. With Giresun’s helicopter providing cover, the boarding team from USS Bulkely approached the MV GUANABARA.  NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.

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Intergovernmental Report: Hate Crime

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 novembre 2010

New York, NY The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today released its annual report for 2009 “Hate Crimes in the OSCE Region – Incidents and Responses,” concluding that hate crime continued to be a serious problem in many of the 56 countries in North America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. This is the first study since the passage of the notable 2009 Ministerial Council Decision 9/09, in which participating countries upheld unanimously their commitment to collect and publicize detailed statistics on hate crime. To compliment the intergovernmental report, U.S. international rights groups Human Rights First (HRF) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a reaction paperthat highlights the failure of many of the OSCE states to fulfill commitments to combat the problem.
According to the report of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), 2009 saw instances of intimidation, threats, vandalism, arson, assault, and murder targeted against persons or groups because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other status. The scarcely available official government figures tracking such crimes underscores the importance of strengthening state responses to hate crimes, including through enactment of legislation, data collection, and sharing of best practices. Human Rights First maintains that authorities continue to underreport the true number of incidents, although the group acknowledges that more countries are taking steps to improve their legislative frameworks and systems of data collection, while requesting international cooperation to train police and prosecutors.
The beheading of a Kyrgyz man in the Russian Federation, the brutal murder of a Romani man and his 5-year-old son in Hungary, the stabbing of a gay couple in the United Kingdom, the wave of antisemitic violence across many countries in Europe that followed Israeli attacks in Gaza, and the stabbing of a Muslim cab driver in the United States, are among the long list of violent hate crimes that generated shock waves through entire communities.

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