Wakefield Employment Solicitor Wins 500,000 Pounds For Prison Guard ‘Whistle-blower’

Wakefield Employment Solicitor Wins 500,000 Pounds For Prison Guard ‘Whistle-blower’

We all remember school days when one child told the teacher about some wrongdoing and was labelled a ‘grass’ or a ‘snitch’ by their classmates; juvenile, cruel and a little ridiculous, but then we can always excuse such behaviour in children. The same behaviour is, however, inexcusable in adults, especially when it is directed at someone who has stood up for a just cause and is receiving horrible treatment as a direct result of their bravery.

This was the case in a recent expose on the state of a Wakefield prison, when a prison officer gave evidence at a disciplinary hearing against a former colleague and unwittingly became the target of much abuse for the violation of a certain tacit code that apparently the officers all work and live by.

After she gave evidence at the tribunal, she began to receive despicable treatment at the hands of her fellow workers, including a wreath being sent to her house, grass cuttings being sent to her by mail and she even saw her young son spat on by a colleague.

After contacting a Wakefield employment solicitor for legal advice as to what to do about the situation, she began mounting a case against her employers and the colleagues that were abusing her.

The outcome of the trial saw the prison officer awarded £500,000 for her damages, a landmark figure in such ‘whistle-blowing’ cases, which will go along way in helping her to recover from such ill-treatment. The court also decreed that external agencies should now take measures to intervene to protect such workers who step up and speak out against injustice in the workplace.

This is an extreme example of whistle-blowing, as a prison is a volatile environment at the best of times; however, wrongdoing can occur in any line of work and all it takes is for people to sit by and do nothing for such ill treatment to prevail. It takes a brave worker to speak out about a fellow colleague, even if the colleague in question is totally in the wrong, yet you must not suffer in silence, or even allow others to suffer while you sit by.

If you feel uncomfortable at work and there is a certain issue that is making you feel unhappy in your position, or if there are any other employment issues that you would like to discuss then you should contact a Liverpool employment solicitor today to see if you can find a solution to your problems.

Operations Security Indicators

Operations Security Indicators

OPSEC Indicators are friendly actions and open sources of information that can be detected or interpreted by adversarial intelligence systems, and combined with other known information to derive friendly critical information.

An indicator has five characteristics: Signature, Associations, Profiles, Contrasts and Exposure.

A signature causes an indicator to be identifiable and stand out. If a signature is unique and stable, it reduces the ambiguity of a particular indicator and reduces the number of additional indicators that must be observed in order to determine the significance. If the indicator’s signature is stable, meaning that the behavior is constant and repeated, an adversary may accurately predict future actions. By varying the pattern of behavior, the signature’s stability can be interrupted and increase the ambiguity of an adversary’s observations.

An association is the relationship that an indicator has to other information or activities. Adversarial Intelligence Analysts spend a considerable amount of time comparing current observations with past observations, which may reveal possible relationships. For example, an observer may note a particular employee report to work after hours. Though previous observation, the Analyst is aware of that employee’s position as an on-call computer forensics analyst. Given the association between those two observations, the Adversarial Intelligence Analyst could conclude that the organization has suffered a computer breach of some sort.

An association can also take the form of a pattern. For instance, if it is observed that field exercises are always preceded by weapons maintenance and vehicle loading, an analyst may be able to accurately predict these exercises. Lastly, an association can take the form of organizational patterns, particularly in military units. The analyst may be aware that a particular unit is comprised of Headquarters Company, a maintenance company and a transportation company. If one of these elements is detected, the presence of the others would be strongly suspected.

A profile is the sum of multiple signatures. In other words, when multiple signatures are detected, the combination therein would be more or less unique to a particular mission or task. For instance, if signatures are detected that indicate that aircraft fueling capacities are in place, as well as air traffic control, personnel and weaponry, a profile can be compiled indicating future air-based operations. If a unique profile is observed, an analyst may be able to accurately determine which type of operation is in progress, minimizing the need for additional observation and analysis.

Contrasts are any differences between the established pattern and current observations. Contrasts are the most reliable indicators because they depend on differences in established and repeated profiles, and need only to be observed rather than understood. A contrast can take many forms; for instance leaving work at a different time or the presence of vehicles or aircraft that were not previously observed. When noting a difference, the analyst will attempt to determine if the change is isolated or widespread, if the change has occurred previously (and has a matching association), if anything significant has occurred since the change and what the change may represent. While a contrast may not “give away the farm”, it may result in increased adversarial observation.

The exposure of an indicator refers to the length of time and the time frame in which the indicator is observed. If an indicator is allowed to be observed for a long period of time, it will be assimilated into the profile and be assigned a meaning. If an indicator is able to be observed for only a short period of time and does not repeat, it is less likely to attract attention. However, if the indicator is observed for short periods of time, but is repeated frequently, it will begin to be seen as a contrast to a normal profile. It is important to note that if an indicator is observed for any length of time in conjunction with a specific activity, it will gain increased importance as a precursor to that activity.

It is important to understand the different classes of OPSEC indicators, and to understand the collection efforts of adversaries. After all, if you don’t know what to protect, how do you know you’re protecting it?

Keep Hackers Off Your Wireless Router

Keep Hackers Off Your Wireless Router
Keep Hackers Off Your Wireless Router

Securing your wireless router is the foremost thing you have to do after you set it up. Other individuals acquiring access to your network is not something you would be glad to experience. This is specially significant if you have precious documents put in in your desktop computer.

Before purchasing a wireless router you are supposed to a short online search about which routers are believed to be best secured. Internet critiques will be really helpful here. After the purchase, associate it with your internet modem and configure it in the following way.

In the address bar of your favorite browser write 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 if nothing happens when you write the first IP address. This is going to give the configuration settings panel of the router.

Modifying the basic administrator password is a must since many hackers recognise the default passwords. After you change it, save the new password for some other time. This is important because you may to configure your router once more or reset it, and without a password it will be closely out of the question.

The SSID (service set identifier) or the Net name has to be altered too. In order to be capable to retrieve it easy we suggest to change it to your individual or relatives name. Like with the password, not changing the default SSID can leave your network threatened. After you do that, the next thing would be to turn out SSID transmitting. In this way your network won’t be able to send signals so it will practically become hidden to some other individuals.

After that turn on the encryption settings and alter it to WPA2. Take the freshest firmware for your router from the router manufacturer’s website. This way you will detect if there are any glitches and faults that might break the security system of your network. Also take note on the backup configuration of your router, just in case you need to reconfigure it. Adopting these measures will keep the security of your router on a decent level.

Getting the Most Out of Your Whistleblower Program Investment

Getting the Most Out of Your Whistleblower Program Investment

A lot of people question the time and money it takes to develop an effective ethics and compliance program. It’s never made much sense to me, because the costs of noncompliance are much greater. A recent story making news in Canada discusses the wasted money that has been spent on the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal. I’ll explain the case below, as well as three ways you can make sure your investment in ethics, compliance and whistleblower protection isn’t tossed out the window.

The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal

Here’s the gist of the current situation facing the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal, as found in the Vancouver Sun article “Little-known, Little-used Whistleblower Panel Budgets $ 8.1 Million”:

Established in 2007-The goal of the Tribunal is to protect public servants from retaliation after they report misconduct in the government. Since 2007, the Tribunal hasn’t heard a single case. In the past 3 years, Ouimet has received 170 complaints, but her team found no wrongdoing in any of the cases. The Tribunal was supposed to handle cases referred to them by Ouimet’s office- explains the previous point. On October 18th, Canadian federal public sector integrity commissioner, Christiane Ouimet, announced that she was stepping down. At the same time, it was reported that her office was being investigated.

The article also states that:

“Fifty-eight whistleblowers complained to the commissioner’s office since 2007-2008, saying they were mistreated or violated after filing a report. The commissioner launched only four investigations as a consequence of those complaints, and only two have been completed.”

A Waste of Money

In this particular case, the efforts to protect whistleblowers has been considered a watse of money, as no action has been taken and no one has been protected. Here are 3 things you can do to make sure your company protects internal whistleblowers:

1. Investigate Complaints

You’ve already invested time and resources into developing multiple channels for employees to report misconduct. Take these tips seriously. Conduct preliminary investigations into incoming cases to determine whether or not the claims warrant further investigation. If employees feel that you are not listening and acting on their concerns, they will stop reporting misconduct internally, and will likely look to someone outside of the organization to listen- such as the EEOC. Investing in case management software is a wise idea, as cases can be entered in a number of ways and built in alerts help keep investigators on track.

2. Be Proactive

When an employee brings forward a complaint, take action and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t fall victim to retaliation. I’ve written a few times about the retaliation monitoring program at KPMG. Vicki Sweeney and her team monitor changes in employee performance appraisals, pay raises and other workplace opportunities to make sure that an employee isn’t facing backlash for reporting misconduct. Vicki also advises employees to approach her immediately should they feel they are being retaliated against. When a company takes a proactive approach like this, employees feel confident that they will be supported for raising concerns about workplace misconduct- and not find themselves in trouble for doing the right thing.

3. Education and Promotion

Ongoing education and promotion of your program is necessary to get the message across to your employees. An e-mail and a policy handout once a year won’t cut it. Explain and train employees on the multiple ways they can report misconduct or retaliation and give them to option to remain anonymous. Include all of the information on the first or last page of your code of conduct. Promoting your program keeps ethics, compliance and retaliation in the minds of your employees, and also lets them know that you take their concerns seriously. One of the most important things to remember is that employees need to see you take action and need to know that others and being reprimanded for violating workplace policies. It might be wise to create monthly newsletters and dedicate a section of it to letting employees know what the program has accomplished and action taken against violators- without including names and specific examples.

Unlocking iPhone 4S: Complete Step by Step Procedure & Guidelines

Unlocking iPhone 4S: Complete Step by Step Procedure & Guidelines

With the launch of iPhone 4S in the market, there are many people are looking for ways to unlock the device in order to use network service of their choice. Once you are able to unlock the mobile successfully, you are somewhat hacking the network accessibility by a certain provider. As a result of which one does not have any particular boundation for a network provider and can change from one network to another as and when one feels like.

It is very important that one carries out the unlocking procedure in a correct manner otherwise the mobile might become locked which in turn can cause a lot of frustration for the user concerned. Below given is a complete procedure to unlock iPhone 4S in a step by step manner.

The first and the foremost step in the process to unlock your smartphone is to look for a effective software program. When you get yourself online, there are many companies that offers software in order to unlock iPhone 4S. It is important that you should avoid such programs that are available either free of cost or is very cheap in nature. It is not that those software would not be able to work properly, but it can cause some sort of problems later on. So go for a software that is trusted, genuine and has some sort of price tag on it.

Before selecting the software in order how to unlock iPhone 4S, you need to make sure that the software can be updated in the future. If such kind of thing is not possible, it is best to avoid such software and look for some other that can be easily updated on your smartphone. For better guidance, search for software that offers firmware. Under any circumstances if you get any message to download unlock iPhone 4S software, don’t download any software that offers to unlock your device free of cost. It is so because it might be some sort of scam and you might end up installing virus on your smartphone. It is always recommended to download the unlock iPhone 4S software from a reputable website. Don’t forget that your mobile is very expensive and you got to be extra vigilant when choosing the best software that can unlock your gadget without causing any problems in the future.