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U.S. and foreign governments getting tough on corporate graft

Outside of some realms on the internet, there aren't many places where business and commerce takes place unfettered by government regulation. It's not only essential for every business to operate in compliance with the law, there is also the challenge of making sure that, despite likely attrition, employees of the company remain aware of and follow best practices to avoid actions that result in severe penalties.

This may be more important now than ever, especially for companies operating transnationally. That's because U.S. regulators are on guard and they are not alone on patrol. While many headlines these days suggest a level of diplomatic dysfunction in government, it is clear there is between the U.S. and foreign investigative agencies when it comes to enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Guidelines for cybersecurity disclosures from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt cybersecurity interpretive guidance. Designed to assist public companies in preparing disclosures, the guidelines encourage robust disclosure regarding risks and incidents. In addition to information about lawful disclosure obligations, the guidance addresses the importance of company policies and procedures for cybersecurity threats.

The rise of cyber threats

SEC halted trading on 3 companies involved in cryptocurrency

In mid February, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading for three companies in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The SEC initiated the suspension after questions about the companies’ operations and asset valuation arose.

Trading suspension

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