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Report: Hackers become more aggressive as vulnerabilities decrease | Attorney: Tax could help La. board finish flood-protection system | Employee sues over penalty for not undergoing health screening
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April 24, 2012
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Report: Hackers become more aggressive as vulnerabilities decrease
Cybercriminals are finding fewer weaknesses to exploit in software and networks, but they've compensated by launching more frequent attacks and by going after old vulnerabilities that have yet to be patched, Hewlett-Packard reports. According to HP's Top Cyber Security Risks Report for 2011, hackers launched 11% more attacks than in the year before, and while the overall number of unpatched vulnerabilities has decreased, analysts have discovered a higher proportion of "high-severity" weaknesses that are remotely exploitable and pose a more serious risk.
eSecurity Planet (4/19) 
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Attorney: Tax could help La. board finish flood-protection system
A task force in Louisiana is weighing a new sales or property tax, which would need voters' approval, to help the Terrebonne Levee District finance the completion of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane-protection project. A tax measure may help the board raise $97 million for the remaining levees and floodgates necessary to protect the area, said Jerry Osborne, the parish's bond attorney.
Daily Comet (Thibodaux, La.) (4/20) 
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Employee sues over penalty for not undergoing health screening
A former employee of Florida's Broward County has filed a federal lawsuit saying that a county policy to charge workers $20 per pay period for refusing a cholesterol and diabetes test is an invasion of his privacy. It's expected to be a national test case as more employers require workers to get health screenings. An Aon Hewitt survey of more than 1,000 employers found that 22% have programs that reward employees for meeting health goals.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (4/23) 
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Ill. governor proposes retirement changes for state workers
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed increasing the retirement age for state workers to 67 and boosting their share of retirement expenses because of an $83 billion pension shortfall. He's also calling for schools, including universities and community colleges, to make contributions toward pensions.
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/20) 
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Survey: Many public-sector workers remain under pay freezes
A survey of public-sector personnel executives found that the percentage of respondents reporting layoffs has dropped from 40% last year to 28% this year, according to the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the National Association of State Personnel Executives. More than half of respondents said salary freezes are in place, and more than a fifth reported accelerated retirements.
Reuters (4/18) 
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What HR is learning from baseball's Billy Beane
Human resources professionals increasingly are exploring ways to use statistical data to improve recruiting decision-making, much as the Oakland A's Billy Beane did in the movie "Moneyball," Joseph Walker writes. For example, Capital One analyzes the résumés of its most successful employees to collect information about the schools they went to and the majors they chose.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Digits blog (4/16) 
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