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Cyberattackers and defenders prepare for 2015
Federal Times
2014 was known as the year of the cyberbreach. Forty-three percent of companies experienced a breach last year, including highly visible and damaging hacks to Sony, Home Depot, Target and JP Morgan Chase. Unfortunately, the cyberbreaches of 2014 were not an aberration but a likely trend. Both the public and private sectors received wake-up calls from these breaches and are beginning to respond accordingly by working together.
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When preparedness for violence is too real
Governing
No one disputes the need for governments to prepare for the violent acts that have become all too common, from school and workplace shootings to acts of terrorism. But sometimes our efforts at preparedness can produce unintended consequences. Sometimes they can be too real.
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After 2 deaths, New York City adopts new strategy to protect homeless children
The New York Times
There were no complaints of child abuse or domestic violence that would warrant a closer look at the young family staying at a homeless shelter in Brooklyn. The family seemed no different from the thousands who seek refuge in New York City's shelters, struggling to turn their lives and finances around. But that all changed when the family was thrust into the spotlight when the stepfather was accused of beating the younger child to death after she soiled her pants.
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Trains plus crude oil equals trouble along the tracks
Emergency Management
Every day, strings of black tank cars filled with crude oil roll slowly across a long wooden railroad bridge over the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 116-year-old bridge is a landmark in this city of 95,000 people, home to the University of Alabama. Residents have proposed and gotten married next to the bridge. Children play under it. During Alabama football season, Crimson Tide fans set up camp in its shadow.
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How prepared are states for infectious disease outbreaks?
Governing
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa led many to be concerned about U.S. capability to respond to its infectious disease threats, an annual report shows only half of states score well on 10 key public health measures.
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Ebola chief says CDC lab incident poses no risk to public
The Associated Press via Santa Cruz Sentinel
The U.S. Ebola response coordinator called the mishandling of materials that led to a lab technician's possible exposure to the virus "unacceptable." Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the incident at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention carried no risk to the public because of protocols and procedures that are in place.
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Florida developing disaster response team credentialing process
Emergency Management
Florida is developing a process to credential members of a state disaster-response team. The intent is to ensure other states are willing to accept and provide assistance during emergencies. When a hurricane or other disaster ravages part of Florida, it often relies on help from other states to recover quickly. When other states face emergencies, Florida returns the favor.
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15 claims resolutions you'll want to keep in 2015
PropertyCasualty360
Walt Disney once said: "All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." So why not let 2015 be the year that these dreams come to fruition? With a new year upon us, have you given consideration to your professional goals and resolutions for 2015? According to experts, the most popular resolutions of losing weight, finding a mate or being a better person last an average of three weeks. But what about making resolutions that you can stick to because they will have a big financial impact on your bottom line?
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