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Threat Intelligence highlights from October

In this new Threat Intelligence report, we discuss some of the latest cyber risks, including Chinese involvement in U.S. hardware hacks; a study that reveals the ease at which criminals are using legitimate email credentials; a Canadian university that recovered $10.9 million in an $11.8 million fraud scheme; millions of voter registration records listed for sale ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections; companies impersonated by hackers in phishing schemes; and ransomware-as-a-service that is now offering exploit kits to users. 

Finding your way through the haze

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in one form or another, and ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for recreational use to varying degrees. As recent successful ballot initiatives have shown, with three new states approving some form of marijuana use in 2018 alone, marijuana is becoming increasingly accepted across the country. Which means it’s becoming increasingly likely that eventually you will have to confront how this panoply of marijuana laws impacts your workplace. And — surprise, surprise — that turns out to be much more complicated than it may at first seem.

Benefits during leave: A methodical approach for school districts

The most common questions we get on the HR Hotline relate to employees’ leaves of absence, and a large percentage of those questions have to do with employee benefits during that leave. Part of the reason why this is such a tricky topic is because the answer to these questions can come from a variety of different places. Moreover, not all of these sources give the same answer.