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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Privacy Perils: Dynamic Password Banning – The End of "Letmein123!"

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June 3, 2016

Despite recommendations by IT professionals and requirements for "strong" passwords, people continue to compromise accounts and systems by using passwords that are easily guessed. And, as it turns out, evidence suggests that requirements for length, complexity and period expiration cause people to react in predicable ways that may actually make passwords easier to crack

To aid in that battle against bad passwords, Microsoft recently announced that it will start dynamically banning common passwords. To determine which passwords are the most common, Microsoft's Identity Protection team analyzes data from major breaches and the 10 million accounts attacked daily to generate the dynamically updated banned password list. Using that same data, Microsoft is also implementing a smart password lockout that locks your account when someone tries to use those common passwords – think "abcd1234!," "letmein" or "welcome" – to enter your account.

So the next time you try to reset your Xbox password and get the error message "Choose a password that's harder for people to guess," it means the days of using the go-to passwords on this list are over. You'll need something stronger than "passw0rd" going forward.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.

 


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