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Integrity - use of values or principles to guide action in the situation at hand.

Below are links and discussion related to the values of freedom, hope, trust, privacy, responsibility, safety, and well-being, within business and government situations arising in the areas of security, privacy, technology, corporate governance, sustainability, and CSR.

Phishing and Crimeware Map, 20.12.05

Anti-Phishing Working Group Phishing and eCrime Newswire

The Phishing and Crimeware map displays the most recent data collected by Websense Security Labs (WS Labs) and provides a historical look into where Phishing and Crimeware related websites are hosted on the Internet. Upon discovery, each site is looked up via its IP Address to track the country of origin through the appropriate IP registrars and plotted on the map. The data is updated approximately 15 minutes after discovery.

Click here to view the live MAP.

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Word of the Year, 16.12.05

Merriam-Webster Online

Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year 2005

Based on your online lookups, the #1 Word of the Year for 2005 was:

1. integrity

Pronunciation: in-'te-gr&-tE

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English integrite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French integrite from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY

2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS

3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS

synonym see HONESTY

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Reputation Is the Last Defense,


At some point every organization will face an incident that could unravel into a public ethics scandal or become the grounds for regulatory investigation or prosecution. While organizations strive to prevent such issues, the key to maintaining the integrity of the company is in how the issue is handled, and to some extent, what level of response is generated by internal and external stakeholders.

Internal controls as well systems and processes consistent with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines will help define how to handle the issue. But companies that have spent time and energy nurturing and guarding their corporate reputation will always have an easier time managing an ethics problem. Why? They will usually be given more time and more leeway to respond to the crisis, and they will usually face more forgiving audiences, from employees to customers, to consumers and the public.

Two recent news stories highlight the challenges for companies in dealing with their reputation. Reputation Quotient recently released the results of its annual reputation ranking.

Overall the situation is not very positive. According to The Wall Street Journal, "the overall reputation of American corporations, already weak, slipped further this year. Despite corporate-governance reforms and a growing commitment to ethics and social responsibility, companies haven't redeemed themselves with the public. This year, 71% of respondents rated American businesses' reputation as "not good" or "terrible," compared with 68% in 2004.


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'Integrity' Tops Web Dictionary's Lookups, 12.12.05


The noun, formally defined as a "firm adherence to a code" and "incorruptibility" has always been a popular one on the Springfield-based company's Web site, said Merriam-Webster president John Morse. But this year, the true meaning of integrity seemed to be of extraordinary concern. About 200,000 people sought its definition online.


[CLB: Integrity: "The use of values and principles to guide one's action in situations at hand."]

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Integrity Incorporated

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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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