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Ask Slashdot: How To Communicate Security Alerts?

MaudyGrunch Company-wide Malware Warnings (84 comments)

I had to create a warning protocol/process about 15 years ago but it might work for you. 1. We color coded the warnings kinda like the first DHS warnings ... colors are associated with threat levels. 2. When a threat or a vulnerability became a concern, we sent out global company emails to employees, contractors, and clients. The emails had a standard format, including color-coded stationary. 3. We created a short PDF for each threat/vuln that was sent as an attachment with the global email warning. This was done with guidance from an authority like SANS or the CERT at Carnegie Mellon. 4. That PDF contained an explanation of differences between threat and vuln (like the difference between Storm Watch and Storm Warning). 5. That PDF contained info about the particular threat/vuln, what the company was doing about it, and what personal steps the employees should take at work and at home. They were encouraged to give these PDFs to friends and family, so as to educate as many people as possible. This process was detailed in our Risk Assessment plan. which was in our larger Security Plan. I know not every company has these but, if you created the plan by piecemeal, you can eventually have enough material to put a full Security Plan together. Just remember to change up the warning levels. Don't always leave it at yellow or orange or you create user ambivalence, just like the reception the DHS warning system got from the general public.

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CBD Oil from hemp patented in 1942 (during Pot Prohibition)!

MaudyGrunch MaudyGrunch writes  |  about 4 months ago

MaudyGrunch (3639883) writes "I am a medical marijuana patient in CA who has been using oils made from high-CBD strains. One of the hottest products currently is CBD Oil. There is a huge movement underway to legalize the high-CBD strains used to treat childhood epilepsies. Imagine my surprise to find a CBD Oil Patent from 1942. (That was during the pot prohibition) http://1.usa.gov/WYe3Js

The patent was filed in 1940 and awarded to Roger Adams of Urbana IL in 1942. He called the end product "red oil", which he also states is a commonly known end-product of hemp. The patent even gives an explanation of the process, which seems to me to be very similar to the articles and discussions about current techniques. (And, yes, I know there are many other cannabis-related patents. I just had not seen one describing BHO extraction over 70 years old.) Are there any CBD Oil makers out there who care to comment about Mr. Adams' extraction process?
Cheerz!"

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