3 Actionable Legal Remedies for Florida Sexual Assault Victims

Sexual assaults have dominated our media recently. If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, contact The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin right away.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, January 22, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sexual assaults have dominated the national headlines in recent weeks. Reports from Hollywood have focused the nation’s attention on the sexual misconduct of producers, actors, and others in the film and television industry. But the problem of sexual assault is not confined to Hollywood.

In Florida, sexual assault accusations against a state senator have prompted a sexual harassment investigation. Those stories reside at the tip of a much larger issue: women (and sometimes men) who are subjected to unwanted physical contact in the workplace, or who feel pressured to perform a sexual act as a condition of remaining employed.

Understanding how Florida lawyers can help victims of unwanted sexual contact or coercion is an important step toward obtaining a remedy for unlawful sexual behavior.

Sexual Assaults in the News

Rape and other acts of sexual violence can occur in any environment. Most sexual assault victims, however, know their attacker. Sexual assaults often arise out of family, dating, or workplace relationships.

The stories that have dominated the news highlight sexual misconduct that involves an abuse of power. The accusations have typically focused on sexual assaults or sexually inappropriate conduct committed by men who use their status or authority to take advantage of less powerful victims, often in the context of an employment relationship.

The news and entertainment industry has produced daily accusations of sexual misconduct. Allegations have been lodged against producers (including Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner), actors (including Kevin Spacey and Casey Affleck), television stars (including Bill Cosby and Jeremy Piven), and newscasters (including Bill O’Reilly and Mark Halperin).

In some cases, the accused have admitted their misconduct, while others have denied the accusations. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The flood of allegations nevertheless highlight the larger issue of people taking advantage of power and authority to engage in sexually assaultive behavior.

Sexual Assaults in the Workplace

The disparity of power in the workplace accounts for the fact that so many reports of sexual assault stem from the employment relationship. Some bosses feel empowered to force employees to engage in sex acts, while employees may submit to avoid losing their jobs.

Sexual misconduct in the workplace is not limited to assaults committed in Hollywood. Accusations about a workplace culture that fosters sexually inappropriate conduct toward women have been leveled at Uber and Sterling Jewelers as well as thousands of employers that maintain a lower profile.

New concerns are surfacing about pervasive sexual harassment in male-dominated industries (sometimes referred to as the “bro” culture), including advertising agencies, the tech industry, and venture capital firms. The Florida legislature may fall into that category, given that only 25% of legislators are women.

While sexual assaults and sexual harassment can both occur in the workplace, they are different but overlapping concepts. Florida law defines a sexual assault as a criminal act. A sexual assault in the workplace can also be a form of sexual harassment. Federal and Florida laws define sexual harassment as conduct that makes the workplace oppressive or intolerable because of an employee’s gender.

Laws that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace are civil rather than criminal. Victims need to understand the distinction between civil and criminal law before they decide upon a sexual assault remedy.

Sexual Assault Crimes in Florida

Different states use different terminology to describe similar sex offenses. A “rape” in one state might be a “first degree sexual assault” in another. In addition, state laws often define sex offenses according to the specific conduct involved (penetration versus touching), the age of the victim, and whether the victim consented.

In Florida, the offense of rape is known as a sexual battery. A sexual battery is the “oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another” or penetration with an object. As it applies to an adult who commits a sexual battery upon another adult, Florida law makes it:

• A life felony to commit a sexual battery without the victim’s consent by using or threatening to use a weapon, or by using physical force that is likely to cause a serious physical injury;
• A first-degree felony to commit a sexual battery without the victim’s consent if the victim is coerced to submit by threats of physical force that would likely cause a serious physical injury;
• A first-degree felony to commit a sexual battery without the victim’s consent if the victim is physically or mentally incapacitated, helpless to resist, or under the influence of an incapacitating drug that the offender administered; or
• A second-degree felony to commit a sexual battery without the victim’s consent if physical force was not threated or used to commit the crime.

For the purpose of Florida’s sexual battery laws, “consent” means voluntarily engaging in sexual relations. The law imposes no requirement to resist in order to establish a lack of consent.

In Florida, intentionally touching another person against that person’s will constitutes the crime of battery. In a sexual context, the touching could include breasts, genitals, or buttocks, although a Florida battery is not limited to sexual misconduct. A Florida battery is generally a misdemeanor unless it is committed by using a weapon.

Reporting Sexual Assaults

According to the Florida Department of Health, one out of six adult women in Florida have been the victim of a forcible rape at some point in their lives. Many more women (and some men) are subject to forms of sexual abuse other than rape, including unwanted touching and groping without their consent.

Studies show that more than half of all sexual assaults are never reported to the police. Reasons victims fail to report sexual abuse include:

• Shame, humiliation, or embarrassment;
• Fear of reprisal;
• Fear of the justice system;
• Desire to protect the offender;
• Victim’s belief that the report will not be believed;
• Victim’s belief that the police will take no action;
• Victim’s desire to protect the offender; or
• Lack of knowledge of how to report.

Reporting the assault is the starting point for Florida victims of a sexual battery or unlawful sexual touching. The local police agency will usually have jurisdiction over the crime. Reports can also be made to the county sheriff if the victim is not comfortable reporting to the local police.

Victims who need help or support can call the toll-free hotline operated by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV). The FCASV helps Florida victims of sexual assault obtain medical attention, counseling, and other services in addition to supporting the victim’s contact with law enforcement. As well, reporting a sexual assault allows the police to investigate and potentially to make an arrest.

Victims of sexual assaults in Florida can pursue three important civil remedies, whether or not the assault is prosecuted as a crime. These remedies can provide victims with protection and compensation. Legal remedies in Florida for sexual assault victims include:

1. Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Many sexual assaults occur in a domestic setting. The fact of marriage does not immunize a spouse from prosecution for a sexual battery. Spouses have the right to say “no” when they do not want to engage in sexual activity. Dating partners are also entitled to decide for themselves when and whether to have sex.

When a sexual assault occurs in a domestic context, the victim can request a protection order. Florida law refers to the order as an “injunction for protection against domestic violence.” The injunction is available to victims of domestic violence and to individuals who reasonably fear that domestic violence is imminent.

Domestic violence is an assault, battery, sexual battery, or other criminal act of violence against a:

• Spouse;
• Former spouse;
• Person related to the victim by blood or marriage who lives, or formerly lived, in the victim’s household;
• Person who is presently residing with the victim, or who has resided with the victim in the past, as if that person were part of the victim’s family; and
• Parent of the victim’s child.

A protection order prohibits the abuser from committing further acts of abuse. The order may also prohibit the abuser from occupying or entering the victim’s residence. The abuser can be ordered to participate in domestic violence counseling. When the abuser is a parent of the victim’s child, the court can also decide whether, when, and how the abuser should have contact with the child, subject to later revision by a family court.

Violation of a protective order is a crime. Abuse victims who are uncomfortable dealing with the legal system can also request the assistance of an advocate from a certified domestic violence center. Victims are entitled to retain the services of a lawyer. Contact The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin if you need a referral to a family lawyer who can help you apply for a protective order.

2. Sexual Harassment Claim

When it occurs in the workplace, a sexual assault is a form of sexual harassment. Federal and Florida laws protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. Those laws apply to all Florida employers with at least 15 employees.

While criminal law focuses on punishing the conduct of individuals, sexual harassment laws impose a duty on employers to create a workplace that is free from sex discrimination, including sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment in the workplace includes:

• Unwanted sexual contact;
• Unwelcome sexual advances;
• Requests for sexual favors;
• Offensive sexual comments; and
• Insults or derogatory language directed only toward members of one gender.

Not all offensive acts violate the law. Occasional teasing or offhand comments will not usually be considered sexual harassment. However, when the conduct is severe or frequent, it may create a hostile work environment. A work environment is hostile if a reasonable employee would consider it oppressive or if the harassing conduct substantially interferes with the ability to work.

A single incident (such as an off-color joke) that would not make it difficult for a reasonable employee to continue working is not the kind of harassment that triggers a legal remedy. A sexual assault in the workplace, however, is generally regarded as unlawful sexual harassment because no reasonable employee would want to continue working in a place where she fears another assault will occur.

The law holds employers accountable for sexual assaults that are committed by the CEO, managers, supervisors of the victim, and other employees who have the ability to fire, demote, or reduce the victim’s pay. The employer is also accountable when any of those individuals coerce the victim to engage in a sex act by threatening termination, the denial of a promotion, or the loss of other benefits if the victim does not submit to the request.

Reporting Sexual Harassment in a Florida Workplace

When a co-worker engages in sexual harassment, an employer may or may not be held responsible, depending on the circumstances. Employees might first be required to report harassment, at least if the employer has developed a reporting policy, so that the employer can take action to stop it. An employer might not be liable for co-worker sexual harassment if the employer had no reason to know about it, although employers are not permitted to turn a blind eye to pervasive harassment that is too obvious to be ignored.

Whenever an employee has been sexually harassed, the employee should report the incident to the employer by following the employer’s reporting procedure. When the harassment involves a sexual assault, the employee should also report it to the police and to an employment discrimination attorney.

It is unlawful to fire an employee for reporting sexual harassment or for cooperating in an investigation of sexual harassment. Retaliating against an employee who complains about sexual harassment in the workplace is one of the most common employment law violations filed in Florida.

Sexual harassment and retaliation remedies can include lost wages, medical expenses, compensation for emotional distress, and punitive damages. Keep in mind that a claim may need to be filed within 300 days of the date the harassment occurred. If you were the victim of a sexual assault in the workplace, contact The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin right away to obtain legal advice or a referral to an employment law attorney.

3. Civil Lawsuits for Florida Sexual Assaults

Sexual harassment claims are brought against the employer rather than the individual who engaged in the harassing behavior. That is often the best remedy when a sexual assault occurs at work, because employers are usually in a position to pay compensation.

Whether or not a sexual assault is work related, it is possible to sue the abuser for assault, battery, false imprisonment, and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress. Whether that lawsuit will be worth bringing depends on whether the offender has sufficient assets to pay any judgment the victim may win. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the facts and advise you whether it makes sense to sue.

It is also possible to bring a lawsuit against landlords, hotels, schools, hospitals, and owners of other places where a sexual assault occurred. Under some circumstances, property owners have a duty to maintain adequate lighting and security to prevent sexual assaults. A personal injury lawyer can evaluate the facts and help sexual assault victims decide whether a property owner’s negligence may have contributed to the sexual assault.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, contact The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin right away. We can determine what legal remedy might be available in your case. If you need a family law attorney or an employment law attorney rather than a personal injury lawyer, we can refer you to a firm that may be able to offer additional help.

Mr. Thomas J. Lavin
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IT Governance launches new and improved GDPR Practitioner distance learning training course

IT Governance, the global cybersecurity experts.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — IT Governance, a leading provider of information security and data protection training and consultancy services, is delighted to announce the launch of a new and improved Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Practitioner Distance Learning Training Course. The course aims to teach individuals how to implement and achieve full compliance with the Regulation, and fulfill the data protection officer (DPO) role.

Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, said: “The GDPR creates new obligations for organizations collecting and handling the personal data of European residents. Along with these changes, the need for in-house, competent specialist knowledge increases.

“The new GDPR Practitioner Distance Learning Training course provides a thorough overview of the Regulation and an in-depth understanding of its requirements to allow individuals to successfully fulfill the role of DPO. The distance learning course is a cost- and time-effective alternative to the classroom or Live Online sessions.”

The course supports professional development, and those who pass the included exam are awarded the ISO 17024 certificated EU GDPR Practitioner (EU GDPR P) qualification from the International Board for IT Governance Qualifications (IBITGQ).

Our GDPR Practitioner course includes the GDPR privacy principles, the role of the DPO, legal requirements for a data protection impact assessment (DPIA), data flow mapping, common data security failures, and setting up a privacy compliance framework.

Participants will also learn about data subjects’ rights, consent rules, dealing with third parties, data in the Cloud, data breach reporting requirements, risk management, and the Regulation’s range of enforcement, regulatory, and compensatory powers.

Alternatively, individuals interested in a classroom course can attend the Certified EU GDPR Practitioner and Foundation and Practitioner Combination courses in Boston, Massachusetts. Live Online sessions also run at convenient times for people based in the US, UK or Europe.

To find out more about IT Governance’s certified GDPR training courses, please visit the website, or contact our sales team direct by emailing us at servicecenter@itgovernanceusa.com, or calling (877) 317-3454.

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IT Governance to present and showcase cyber security solutions at Implementing GDPR in Healthcare Conference, London

IT Governance, the global cybersecurity experts.

ELY, UNITED KINGDOM, January 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — IT Governance, a leading provider of cyber security expertise and data protection strategy, will be speaking and exhibiting at Implementing GDPR in Healthcare Conference, London.

The healthcare industry is a top target for cyber attacks, with last year’s WannaCry attack causing major disruption when nearly 7,000 NHS medical appointments were cancelled. The need for effective data protection strategies and appropriate information security management training is bigger than ever, particularly as cyber security threats are constantly changing.

Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, said: “With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in less than five months and imposing fines of up to 4% of annual turnover or €20 million (whichever is greater), organisations such as the NHS that provide critical public services can no longer afford to ignore cyber security. Attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya had a devastating impact, and although some organisations have now prepared themselves to respond appropriately to such threats, cyber criminals are always developing new tactics. Organisations should focus not only on implementing appropriate security measures but also on ongoing staff awareness to ensure that the risk of a data breach resulting from human error is minimised and employees are aware of the threats.”

Implementing GDPR in Healthcare Conference, London aims to promote this attitude of awareness and prevention-driven security strategies within the healthcare industry, particularly among staff responsible for handling sensitive data in hospitals, general practices, dental practices and care homes. The conference programme consists of talks, panel discussions and an expo focused on the merits of data protection intelligence, the GDPR and its benefits, and how and why creating a culture of compliance and accountability results in improved reputation and business.

IT Governance encourages clients and healthcare professionals attending the event to speak to its information security experts about cyber security issues, implementing standards or complying with data protection legislation.

The conference takes place on Wednesday, 31 January at Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, WC1N 1HT. Tickets can be booked via the official conference website.

The NHS and organisations interested in improving their cyber security practices can take advantage of IT Governance’s certified training courses, security testing services, books, toolkits, software and consultancy services.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

IT Governance Ltd is the single-source provider of books, tools, training and consultancy for IT governance, risk management and compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is ‘non-geek’, approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at www.itgovernance.co.uk.

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Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Urges A Manager at a Publicly Traded Company in Texas to Call About Rewards if Their Company Is Willfully Hiding Bad News From Shareholders

We are now urging an Manager at a publicly-traded company based in Texas to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if your executive team is withholding extremely negative information about the company”

— Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center

WASHINGTON, DC , USA, January 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "We are now urging an Manager at a publicly-traded company based in Texas to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if your executive team is withholding extremely negative information about the company to prevent a stock price correction or collapse. We know shareholders do not like bad news and we also know executive teams frequently will do everything possible to shine up quarterly results because their compensation and continued employment depends on it.

"As we would like to discuss, the bigger the company, the bigger the reward potential for the whistleblower – and we are potentially talking millions of dollars if a publicly traded company is lying to or intentionally misleading their shareholders. We might add – it happens all of the time. A call to us at 866-714-6466 is strictly confidential." http://Texas.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Examples of the type of Corporate Executive with proof a CEO is lying to shareholders The Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center would like to hear from include:

* A pharmaceutical company lying to their shareholders about the effectiveness of a new drug product or withholding the fact the drug is killing people or seriously injuring consumers.

* A bank or financial services company misrepresenting their financial health or hiding a serious blunder involving fees that will result in class actions and negative publicity.

* A defense contractor that has misrepresented the effectiveness or survivability of equipment, a weapons system, a ship or an aircraft in combat.

* An automobile or truck manufacturer that has withheld information about defective parts or engineering because it would taint consumer confidence and erode shareholder faith.

* Any type of US-based publicly traded company that as part of their international marketing strategy bribes foreign officials to sell their products in a specific country or region.

According to the Texas Corporate Whistleblower Center, "If you are a corporate executive and you possess solid proof your current or former employer has recently engaged in the practice of lying to their shareholders about very serious issues that could dramatically impact price per share value please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 and let's have a confidential conversation about the whistleblower reward potential of your information. Why sit on a potentially huge winning lotto ticket without ever knowing what it might have been worth?" http://Texas.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center: Do not go to the government first if you are a potential whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake. Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward. Do not try to force a company/employer or individual to come clean about significant Medicare fraud, overbilling the federal government for services never rendered, multi-million-dollar state or federal tax evasion, or a Texas based company falsely claiming to be a minority owned business to get preferential treatment on federal or state projects. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help you with a focus on you getting rewarded.” http://CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Unlike any group in the US the Corporate Whistleblower Center can assist a potential whistleblower with packaging or building out their information to potentially increase the reward potential. They will also provide the whistleblower with access to some of the most skilled whistleblower attorneys in the nation. For more information a possible whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing in Texas can contact the Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their website at http://Texas.CorporateWhistleBlower.Com.

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IT Governance to showcase compliance solutions and present at the GDPR Summit London

IT Governance, the global cybersecurity experts.

ELY, UNITED KINGDOM, January 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — IT Governance, the world leader in the field of data protection, risk management and compliance solutions, is delighted to be joining an exciting panel of speakers at the GDPR Summit London this January. IT Governance will also be showcasing its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) products and solutions to support organisations with their GDPR compliance projects.

This popular event aims to bring together the latest expertise in information security and GDPR compliance, anticipating the need for across-the-board comprehension of and preparation for the demands the Regulation will have on organisations and individuals alike.

The talks, panel discussions and networking sessions will offer the opportunity to explore topics such as GDPR developments, data breach response strategies, the interaction between GDPR compliance and core business goals, and how to harness the GDPR to drive growth.

Alan Calder, the founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, said: “We are looking forward to participating in the GDPR Summit London, and relish this timely opportunity to contribute to a better understanding and smoother implementation of this paramount change in data protection regulation.”

One of IT Governance’s top GDPR consultants, Gloria Ophar-George, will be speaking at the event on the topic ‘An Overview of Subject Access Requests under the DPA vs GDPR’ and will be focusing on: how to minimise the number of Subject Access Requests, and how to develop and implement a Subject Access Request strategy to comply with GDPR.

The summit will take place on 30 January at 155 Bishopsgate in London, near Liverpool Street Station. Visit the event website to register and see the agenda, including speakers and seminar topics. Clients and delegates are also encouraged to visit IT Governance at stand No. 9.

As a leading provider of GDPR expertise and solutions, IT Governance can support organisations in initiating and maintaining a compliance project through certified GDPR training courses, books, documentation toolkits, staff awareness, compliance tools and consultancy.

To find out how IT Governance can help organisations comply with the GDPR’s requirements, see our extensive GDPR products and solutions. For further assistance, visit the IT Governance website, email servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 800 7000.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

IT Governance Ltd is the single-source provider of books, tools, training and consultancy for IT governance, risk management and compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is ‘non-geek’, approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at www.itgovernance.co.uk.

Mihaela Jucan
IT Governance Ltd
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Blatchford Solutions Teams with PCIHIPAA to Help Dentists Protect Practices from HIPAA Violations and Data Breaches

Blatchford Solutions is partnering with PCIHIPAA to protect dentists from data breaches, ransomware attacks, HIPAA violations and other common vulnerabilities.

BEND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Blatchford Solutions (Blatchford) is partnering with PCIHIPAA to help protect its clients from the onslaught of ransomware attacks, HIPAA violations, and data breaches prevalent in the dental industry. Under HIPAA’s Security and Privacy Rules, healthcare providers are required to take proactive steps to protect sensitive patient information. The partnership comes on the heels of an important announcement surrounding HIPAA compliance regulation. The Director of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights recently stated, "Just because you are a small medical or dental practice doesn't mean we're not looking and that you are safe if you are violating the law. You won't be." In addition, the rising number of patient privacy claims, and ransomware attacks on dental practices has escalated the importance of compliance and patient data protection.

“Dentists deserve a great practice and a great life. It's important that our clients fully understand the risks surrounding HIPAA compliance and patient data privacy and security. Blatchford is dedicated to helping our clients take the necessary steps to protect what they have worked so hard to build. Bill and I vetted many HIPAA compliance providers and believe PCIHIPAA’s OfficeSafe Compliance Program is a fantastic solution. PCIHIPAA understands how to work with busy dental offices, and their program is robust and easy to implement. Our partnership is designed to have a lasting positive impact professionally and personally for our clients,” said Christina Blatchford, Co-CEO of Blatchford Solutions.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OCR has received over 150,000 HIPAA complaints following the issuance of the Privacy Rule in April 2003. A rising number of claims filed under HIPAA in recent years have led many patients to question whether or not their personal payment and health information is safe. As the government has become more aggressive in HIPAA enforcement, large settlements have become widespread and rising penalties for HIPAA non-compliance are a reality.

According to HHS.gov, the types of HIPAA violations most often identified are:
1) Impermissible uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI)
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5) Lack of a mandatory HIPAA risk assessment
6) Lack of executed Business Associate Agreements
7) Lack of employee training and updated policies and procedures

“We are honored to be partnering with Bill, Christina and everyone at Blatchford Solutions. They have a 20 year track record of helping dental practices thrive. PCIHIPAA's mission is to help practices easily and affordably navigate HIPAA requirements and provide the solutions they need to protect their practices. We find that many practices don't have the resources to navigate HIPAA law, and are unaware of common vulnerabilities. We're excited to work with Blatchford and their clients.” said Jeff Broudy, CEO of PCIHIPAA.

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For more than 20 years, Blatchford Solutions has been working with doctors to create the dental practice environment and personal lives they desire. Every life is different and every dream is unique. Blatchford does not take any shortcuts and doesn't conform to one way of doing things. They want their doctors to be themselves and live their lives to the fullest.

About PCIHIPAA
PCIHIPAA is an industry leader in PCI and HIPAA compliance providing turnkey, convenient solutions for its clients. Delivering primary security products to mitigate the liabilities facing dentists and doctors, PCIHIPAA removes the complexities of financial and legal compliance to PCI and HIPAA regulations to ensure that health and dental practices are educated about what HIPAA laws require and how to remain in full compliance. Learn more at OfficeSafe.com and PCIHIPAA.com.

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ShotStop Ballistics announces its SCOUT IV Body Armor Plate stops six rounds of armor piercing (M2AP) bullets.

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If the standard is one round, we will shoot it three or more times just to be safe. We make products that save lives; we don't take that lightly.”

— Vall Iliev, founder of ShotStop Ballistics.

STOW, OHIO, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — ShotStop® Ballistics, LLC, developer of the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world, recently introduced its SCOUT™ IV, a 5.5-pound, 0.9 -inch thick, Level IV body armor plate. SCOUT IV armor is ShotStop's first plate designed to meet and exceed the NIJ's highest threat protection level.

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ShotStop focuses its development efforts on not only meeting NIJ standards, but exceeding them. Before introducing any plate to the market, ShotStop's ballistics engineering team tests each plate through independent NIJ-accredited ballistics laboratories to successfully achieve the standards set by the NIJ. It then goes beyond the basic standards and tests to “failure,” to ensure the plate is fully capable of exceeding those standards as well.

"If the standard is one round, we will shoot it three or more times just to be safe," said Vall Iliev, founder of ShotStop Ballistics. "We make products that save lives; we don't take that lightly."

ShotStop's patented Duritium® technology, a proprietary stack molding process, is what allows its body armor to be thinner, lighter, and more durable than anything else on the market. Utilizing Duritium technology often results in a 30-percent reduction in thickness and weight, compared to the next best plate on the market at the same protection level. In many cases, plates made with Duritium technology are up to half as thick as other comparable stand-alone plates. This means personnel in the field can have the same protection level with much less bulk and weight, thereby benefitting from dramatically improved comfort and mobility.

The SCOUT IV armor is just the beginning for ShotStop in NIJ Level IV protection. The company is currently developing more life-saving products that will push the boundaries of what is expected from body armor plates — thinner, lighter, and stronger than anything else in the world.

Find out more at www.ShotStop.com, or call 800-986-0795 or 1-330-686-0020.

About ShotStop Ballistics
U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection, to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans more than 35 years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists, to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces physical encumbrance, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor provides our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com, call 800-986-0795/1-330-686-0020, email info(at)shotstop.com, or write to 1000 Campus Dr., Suite 300, Stow, Ohio 44262.

Matt White
ShotStop Ballistics LLC
800-986-0795
email us here

NIJ Level IV Body Armor Plate Stops 6 AP Rounds


Source: EIN Presswire

IT Governance helps more than 7,000 people across the globe earn accredited ISO 27001 qualifications

IT Governance, the global cybersecurity experts.

ELY, UNITED KINGDOM, January 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — IT Governance, a leading provider of information security accredited training courses and ISO 27001 expertise, has delivered qualification-based training to more than 7,000 people worldwide on implementing and auditing ISO 27001, the industry-best practice standard for an information security management system (ISMS).

Alan Calder, the founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, said: “IT Governance is proud to have helped more than 7,000 clients achieve an internationally recognised qualification, enabling them to implement internationally auditable ISMSs. The benefits of achieving ISO 27001 certification are widely reputable and have proven instrumental in ISMS implementation and auditing in a variety of industries. These benefits include avoiding penalties and financial losses due to data breaches, meeting increasing client demands for greater data security, and meeting local and global security laws such as the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

The ISO 27001 training courses are tailored to the specific needs of professionals everywhere, and are available in classroom and Live Online formats. Positive testimonials from attendees prove that IT Governance continues to be the provider of choice for helping individuals and enterprises make cyberspace safer while tackling the challenges of effective information security.

Daniel Gwalter, Head of IT at Partnership UK, said of IT Governance’s ISO 27001 Lead Implementer course: “On the whole I found the course to be well structured, aimed, and adapted for the target audience. I felt the presenters worked well as a team and my expectations were exceeded. Thank you.”

Information security professionals looking to implement a stronger and more effective ISO 27001-compliant data security programme will benefit greatly from the ISO 27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer course. They will learn how to secure senior management commitment and build the business case, determine the scope of an ISMS, develop and manage an ISO 27001 project, and allocate roles and responsibilities.

To learn more about ISO 27001 or discover the best solutions to your cyber security challenges, IT Governance offers a variety of certified training courses, security testing services, books, toolkits, software and consultancy services.

To book your place on one of IT Governance’s courses, please visit the website, email servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 800 7000.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

IT Governance Ltd is the single-source provider of books, tools, training and consultancy for IT governance, risk management and compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is ‘non-geek’, approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at www.itgovernance.co.uk.

Mihaela Jucan
IT Governance Ltd
00443338007000
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire

IT Governance exhibiting and speaking at the Healthcare Cybersecurity Conference

IT Governance, the global cybersecurity experts.

ELY, UNITED KINGDOM, January 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — IT Governance, the leading provider of IT governance, risk management and compliance solutions for the private and public sectors, will be exhibiting at the Healthcare Cybersecurity Conference: Protecting the NHS against cyberattacks on 23 January 2018 at Liverpool Football Club.

The Healthcare Cybersecurity Conference aims to bring together professionals responsible for information security and data protection within their organisations, and educate and provide guidance on how to strengthen NHS and social care organisations against the continuously evolving cyber threats and protect patient data.

Alan Calder, the founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, said: “In 2017, the NHS and social care organisations have been the number one target for cyber criminals, which led to crippling costs and devastating operational impact. The NHS and organisations providing critical services to the wider public need to ensure they are implementing the processes, procedures and systems to prevent cyber attacks and respond accordingly.

“With the GDPR coming into effect in less than five months and imposing fines of up to 4% of annual turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater – organisations can no longer afford to ignore cyber security. Attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya had a devastating impact, and although some organisations have now prepared themselves to respond accordingly to such threats, cyber criminals are always developing new tactics. Organisations should focus not only on implementing appropriate security measures, but also on ongoing staff awareness to ensure that the risk of a data breaches resulted from human error is minimised and employees are aware of the threats.”

IT Governance director Steve Watkins will be speaking at the event from 15:20 on “Implementing a cyber resilient strategy and sustaining compliance with the GDPR and NIS Directive”, providing an overview of the current cyber security landscape, cyber threats, compliance standards and legislation, as well as best-practice advice to achieve compliance with the GDPR and NIS Directive.

The event takes place on 23 January 2017 at Liverpool Football Club and tickets are free for those interested in attending. Tickets are available on the event registration page. Delegates attending are encouraged to speak with IT Governance’s cyber security and GDPR experts.

The NHS and organisations interested in improving their cyber security practices can take advantage of IT Governance’s certified training courses, security testing services, books, toolkits, software and consultancy services.

For more information about IT Governance’s exhibit at the Healthcare Cybersecurity Conference, please visit the website, email servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk or call +44 (0) 333 800 7000.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

IT Governance Ltd is the single-source provider of books, tools, training and consultancy for IT governance, risk management and compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is ‘non-geek’, approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at www.itgovernance.co.uk.

Mihaela Jucan
IT Governance Ltd
00443338007000
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire