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  1. Blockchain: Moving target or trusted tech trend? 

    CEP Magazine - August 2020  | Authors: Susan Dworak, Teri Quimby  | Published: August 2020 

    Government often finds itself in the uncomfortable situation of applying old regulations to new ideas; it’s a regulator’s worst nightmare. Legal and regulatory umbrellas need to be flexible enough to expand with the passage of time, yet definitive enough to endure history in the making. For example, a decade ago the ideas of social media and apps were different than today. The idea of ordering a cup of coffee using an app, paying for it, and picking the product off the counter with your name on it—without talking to a single human being—seemed unimaginable. Enter disruptive blockchain-based solutions, which may...

  2. Is your cyber insurance enough?

    CEP Magazine - August 2020  | Author: Erich Kron  | Published: August 2020 

    Let’s talk for a moment about the exciting world of cyber insurance. Well, I suppose it’s not really that exciting until things go wrong, but it does need some discussion given the recent events around the ransomware industry...

  3. Balancing privacy, ethics, and safety during COVID-19

    CEP Magazine - August 2020  | Authors: Brian Lee, Dian Zhang  | Published: August 2020 

    As companies bring employees back to the workplace, many have embraced the once-unpopular decision of collecting employee health data. In June, 59% of 104 legal leaders Gartner polled said they had begun or were considering collecting employees’ self-reported symptoms assessment; more than 50% are doing the same with temperature data.[1] The numbers are likely higher now...

  4. Conduct a legal premortem to identify and mitigate risk before a crisis

    CEP Magazine - August 2020  | Author: Jonathan Aronie  | Published: August 2020 

    More than 2,000 years ago, a Jewish sage living in Jerusalem compiled a book of wisdom today known as Ecclesiasticus.[1] The book was translated from Hebrew to Greek by the author’s son around 130 BC, and much later, the book was translated into English. Among the aphorisms that find their origin in this ancient text is one we’ve all heard before: haste makes waste. In the late 1700s, Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have remarked to his valet as he prepared for battle, “dress me slowly; I’m in a hurry.” We don’t know whether Napoleon had read Ecclesiasticus (Napoleon generally...

  5. Uptick in fraud leads to increased whistleblower complaints in US

    CEP Magazine - August 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: August 2020 

    The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported a 35% increase in complaints from mid-March to mid-May compared with last year. The increase is due to two distinct factors[1] : the widespread fraud due to COVID-19 and the willingness of now-unemployed workers to come forward with complaints...

  6. Meet Blair Marks: The best defense is training

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author:  Adam Turteltaub  | Published: July 2020 

    Blair Marks, CCEP, Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct at Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland, USA...

  7. Fight corruption and fraud with data and technology

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Parth Chanda  | Published: July 2020 

    Corruption and fraud cost companies dearly, upwards of 5% of annual revenue according to some estimates.[1] Beyond monetary costs, corruption and fraud damage a company’s brand, erode its organizational culture, and hurt the consumers and countries that a company strives to serve and support...

  8. Another argument for analytics

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Gerry Zack  | Published: July 2020 

    If you are like most compliance professionals, your travel has been restricted significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the time between when I write this in late April and when you read it, you may still be under a travel restriction. Hopefully, you’re not also thinking, “There goes my monitoring and auditing plan for the year!”...

  9. Are boards missing the ethics boat?

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sally March  | Published: July 2020 

    The coronavirus crisis has lent urgency to the public discussion of ethics and sustainability as some very large listed corporations snapped up government assistance intended for small businesses[1] and were pilloried in the press for their behavior.[2] Some complained that they had done nothing illegal; the rules were badly crafted.[3] The business media warned senior executives that how they behave now will affect the future of their businesses. Executives who took a pay cut during the crisis got a pat on the back for recognizing, if not exactly sharing, the pain of their furloughed employees. After the crisis, executive remuneration...

  10. Data protection and information security with remote work

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Robert Bond  | Published: July 2020 

    Several months into the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us are working from home in circumstances that were never anticipated. Many of us are operating without the right technical and organizational structures to manage the information we are processing. Data protection authorities around the world have reinforced the fact that while they may be reasonable about the challenges that organizations face in managing data protection and information security, the laws still apply...

  11. Crisis management: The aftermath

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Walter E. Johnson  | Published: July 2020 

    At some point, a crisis does come to an end. When and how it will end is speculation. Some individuals may be optimistic, while others are pessimistic about the outcome. Individual reactions are unpredictable and vary. Regardless of mindset, there are lessons to be learned in the midst of the crisis and others learned afterward...

  12. EU considers changes to fossil fuel regulatory framework

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

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  13. Cybersecurity breakdown of popular remote meeting apps

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    Mozilla, creator of the Firefox browser and a stalwart proponent of privacy and cybersecurity, ranked the most popular remote meeting apps according to privacy criteria.[1] The results show that the majority of the apps met Mozilla’s minimum-security requirements. Zoom, which has faced reports of privacy and security lapses[2] since it gained immense popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, scored 5/5 on the test...

  14. Compliance activities curtailed due to pandemic

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    Compliance professionals are finding it hard to do their job during the pandemic, in part due to the social distancing practices instituted by most organizations. Reliance on remote apps to do audits means certain compliance activities have either halted or been significantly reduced...

  15. The tough Corporate Sanctions Act is on Germany's horizon

    CEP Magazine - June 2020  | Authors: Marcus Reischl, Christoph Skoupil  | Published: June 2020 

    In August 2019, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has unveiled the draft of a new Corporate Sanctions Act (Verbandssanktionengesetz), introducing corporate criminal liability in Germany. On March 6, 2020, the German government came to an agreement on final changes to the draft, and on April 22, it was published.[1] Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Germany, the law was to be adopted before the political summer break. Although this timeline is now being called into question by current developments, it is very likely that the new law will actually be enacted...

  16. Lessons learned from an empty office

    CEP Magazine - June 2020  | Author: Gerry Zack  | Published: June 2020 

    As I write this column, we are in the midst of a terrible pandemic. I sincerely hope that, by the time you read this, things will have begun improving, but nobody knows for sure. The SCCE & HCCA office is empty, as are many of yours, as we operate under a state-imposed shelter-in-place order...

  17. How compliance can help respond to macro crises

    CEP Magazine - June 2020  | Authors: Brian K. Lee, Dian Zhang  | Published: June 2020 

    The past few months have reminded companies of the need to prepare for macro crises—the recent COVID-19 outbreak being the primary example. While companies grapple with the wide-ranging and increasingly prolonged effects on their businesses, compliance executives have a substantial role to play in helping to respond and manage through the crisis...

  18. Coronavirus challenging work processes, supply chains, health care systems, and more

    CEP Magazine - May 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: May 2020 

    The world has emerged as generally unprepared for a global pandemic. Certain countries, such as South Korea and Taiwan, have demonstrated an ability to mobilize health care systems and communities to contain and handle the virus, whereas other countries, such as Italy and the United States, have been blindsided by the scope of the virus...

  19. Meet Gabriela Behn: Prioritizing healthcare access

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Margaret Hambleton  | Published: August 2020 

    MH: Compliance programs in public entities are very different from nonpublic entities in many ways and very similar in other ways. Can you tell our readers about your background, your current position at San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC), and how you developed your compliance program to address the unique risks for a public safety net hospital?...

  20. Helping organizations achieve compliance in the wake of the coronavirus

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Authors: Kimberly Gillespie, Henry C. Fader  | Published: August 2020 

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020, the healthcare industry responded on many levels to help communities and save lives. To support this extraordinary effort, federal and state governments released numerous guidelines, directives, rules, Q&As, and regulations to remove barriers standing in the way of patient care at a time of national crisis. Many of these initiatives relaxed or countermanded policies, procedures, and accrediting standards, in all levels of care, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and telehealth. Over time, however, we expect many of these initiatives to further morph and/or unwind. This will be challenging...

  21. Where do I fit in? The role of the CCO in a pandemic

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Joshua A. Boxer  | Published: August 2020 

    Being a chief compliance officer (CCO) can sometimes be a thankless job. CCOs can be perceived as “police,” “internal affairs,” and “deal killers” by colleagues. “Here comes compliance.” CCOs know that this is generally untrue. Personally, I take offense to such stereotypes, although I understand the root of such thoughts. I pride myself on being a practical, business-minded CCO. While I am not afraid to take an unpopular opinion, my go-to problem-solving method is resolving compliance inquiries in a collaborative and amicable fashion. Obviously, it is not always possible. Compliance with healthcare regulations and business strategy are not mutually exclusive,...

  22. Integrating telehealth into compliance programs: Best practices for compliance professionals

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Authors: Nick Merkin, Erin MacLean  | Published: August 2020 

    Even before many Americans were affected by the novel coronavirus and the resulting stay-at-home orders, school closures, and business shutdowns, telehealth was one of the fastest-growing segments of healthcare. Telehealth, a broadly defined term, includes the remote delivery of care by medical professionals, along with an array of services and technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other interactive platforms.[1] Telehealth’s potential to expand access to care at reduced cost while maintaining high standards of quality is well suited for today’s value-based care models. Additionally, as a solution to overcrowded emergency rooms and expensive clinic space, many healthcare providers...

  23. Compliance program (and officer) effectiveness in a time of crisis

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Matthew D. Vogelien  | Published: August 2020 

    I had the pleasure of hearing Tammie Jo Shults speak at one of our organization’s leadership events. You may not remember her name (she prefers it that way, because she is a very humble person), but you likely remember her story. On April 17, 2018, an engine on the plane she was flying exploded, spraying shrapnel that blew out a window.[1] One passenger died, and several others were injured. In the midst of chaos and fear in the cabin, Tammie Jo calmly coached her crew and completed an emergency landing to save the lives of 148 people. When our CEO...

  24. The power of persuasion

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Gerry Zack  | Published: August 2020 

    Have you ever rolled out a new policy, procedure, or internal control, only to have it met with skepticism and a chorus of “Why do we have to do this?” Of course you have; we all have. Yet we sometimes still fail to understand why people ask it...

  25. How to mentor the next generation of compliance officers-millennials?

    Compliance Today - August 2020  | Author: Catherine Boerner  | Published: August 2020 

    As you know, “millennials” is the name given to the generation following Generation X—those born between 1981 and 1996. The whole idea of naming generations and identifying differences based on how they were raised and educated as children can shed some light on how, as adults, they work in the workforce. Yes, this can be viewed as stereotyping, but there might be nuggets of truth that might make all the generations get along...