Commentary

Most companies that experience data breaches have escaped litigation by offering affected consumers inexpensive credit monitoring services, but the tide of avoiding court is turning, according to attorney and columnist Mark Foley. In this edition of Digital Lex, Foley notes that recent court cases are...

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved XBRL, the new accounting technology that produces interactive data through computer-readable “tags” that function like bar codes on financial statements. Sticky issues like web publishing and liability have been clarified, but liability issues affiliated with XBRL submissions continue...

Just how effective will all the infrastructure stimulus money be without any best practices in place? It's a question worth pondering, notes columnist James Carlini in this edition of Carlini's Comments. Based on what he sees happening at the moment, it's much easier to find...

Columnist Michael Rosen predicted an interesting year in the life science realm, thanks in part to expiring patents, and so far he's been spot on. In this edition of Yer Biotech Blues, he cites Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth as an example of what's ahead, and...

Wednesday is Data Privacy Day, notes columnist and blogger Joe Campana, and it's a perfect time to understand just how vulnerable we are to identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. In this edition of Privacy Diary, also the name of Campana's blog, he...

American businesses lose an estimated $150 billion annually in trade secret theft, and most of the losses occur among small and mid-sized businesses that are unaware of steps that can be taken to protect trade secrets, according to Madison attorney Sharon Mollman Elliott. In this...

Technology transfer is an essential job-creating process, and some believe that one way Wisconsin can improve economic conditions is to increase the rate at which research discoveries are transferred from its universities to the business community. In this WTN guest column, Kurt Waldhuetter, a regional...

Surviving the worst economy in decades requires some boldness in terms of operational objectives, notes columnist and accounting executive Ronald Kral. Unfortunately, Sarbanes-Oxley, while improving transparency and the accuracy of financial reporting, also may have taken too much time and energy away from operational excellence....