Health Care Employees Bear Brunt of Workplace Assaults, Research Finds

From “Health Care Employees Bear Brunt of Workplace Assaults, Research Finds”
ABC News (04/27/16) Winter, Gretchen. Published by ASIS.

A new article in the New England Journal of Medicine has revealed just how often health care workers face both verbal and physical violence in the workplace. The most common form of workplace violence in the health care setting is perpetrated by patients or visitors against health care providers, accounting for 75 percent of aggravated assaults, and 93 percent of all assaults against employees in hospitals, according to the findings. Lead author James Phillips, an attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor at Harvard Medical School, reviewed prior studies of attacks and found that health care workers are almost four times as likely to miss work because of violence than from other injuries. One study revealed that 4.5 percent of violent health care incidents occur against emergency medical services providers. Ninety percent of the time, patients were the attackers in these incidents. The highest rates of abuse in hospitals are against nurses and nursing aides. One study found that 39 percent of nurses involved reported verbal assaults annually, while 13 percent reported physical abuse. About one in four emergency medicine doctors reported being physically assaulted in the prior year, and nearly four out of five reported some kind of workplace violence. One in 10 physicians experienced workplace violence each year between 1993 and 2001. Studies found that psychiatrists are at a particularly high risk, with 40 percent reporting physical attacks. Phillips’ article states that violence against health care workers goes grossly underreported. One survey used in the review found episodes of violence were only reported by 30 percent of nurses and 26 percent of doctors.

Homeland Security Warns Windows PC Users to Uninstall Quicktime

From “Homeland Security Warns Windows PC Users to Uninstall Quicktime”
Fox News (04/18/16) Published by ASIS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and cybersecurity firm Trend Micro are advising Windows PC users to immediately uninstall Apple’s Quicktime video player, after two new bugs were found in the software. According to Trend Micro, the bugs could be used to launch attacks on PCs if users visit a compromised web page or open a tainted file. As Apple is no longer issuing security updates for Quicktime for Windows, despite the presence of the bugs, Trend Micro said removing the software is the safest call. While the company said it is not aware of any cases where the bugs had been exploited by hackers, DHS’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which put out a similar alert on April 14, said the “only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.” The alert does not apply to Mac operating systems.

Do Workers Have a False Sense of Security? New CareerBuilder Survey Looks at Security in the Workplace

From “Do Workers Have a False Sense of Security? New CareerBuilder Survey Looks at Security in the Workplace”
PR Newswire (04/14/16) Published by ASIS

Ninety-three percent of workers say their office is a secure place to work, according to a survey of more than 3,000 respondents by CareerBuilder. However, their sense of security may be misguided. Thirty-seven percent of workers say they have a security guard at their workplace, and 22% are unsure of how they would protect themselves in the case of an emergency in their office that poses a physical threat. Seventeen percent of workers say their workplaces are not well-protected in case of a fire, flood, or other disaster, and 22% say they do not believe their companies have emergency plans in place should such events occur. Thirty-one percent of workers say their workplace is not well-protected from a physical threat from another person, and 31% say their workplaces are not well-protected from digital hacking threats.

Cyberthieves’ Latest Target: Your Tax Forms

By ASIS From “Cyberthieves’ Latest Target: Your Tax Forms”
Wall Street Journal (04/04/16) Sidel, Robin 

A new email scam is putting vast amounts of individuals’ tax information in the wrong hands. The perpetrator, impersonating a company’s high-ranking executive from a phony email address that appears legitimate, fools staffers in the payroll or human resources departments into forwarding W-2 forms or other tax information. Thousands of workers have already fallen victim to the scam, which has hit smaller companies to companies as big as Weight Watchers. According to experts, this data is being sold in underground markets to criminals who use the data to file fraudulent tax returns and collect refunds. These thefts can often include Social Security numbers, which are difficult to retain once compromised. The attack has the potential to wreak havoc on a victim for years. Tax officials say thieves are targeting companies of all sizes; at least 50 have already reported that they were victims. The reason the scam is so effective is because it is so simple and low-tech. When preying upon the right type of victim, it becomes very simple to extract the desired information. It also shows that hackers are becoming more aware of who exactly they are targeting. According to experts, the scam has proven that hackers focus on specific employees who have valuable information rather than hacking into a network in a blind search for data.