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Since the September 11 attacks, Congress has passed dozens of laws that have collectively caused a major upheaval in the legal and regulatory environment for American businesses. To help guide companies through the brave new homeland-scape, Venable LLP has just completed its work on the first Homeland Security Deskbook: Private Sector Impacts of the War Against Terrorism. For additional information on the book and how to order it, please click here.

The 17-chapter volume, which will have periodic updates, is a complete review of private sector responsibilities under the new homeland security laws, covering everything from cybersecurity to privacy, immigration issues, terror insurance, government contracts, foreign trade, biologic research, and even environmental requirements.

The book is published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender, with contributions from attorneys across Venable’s homeland security practice.

Here's a sampling of the book's 17 chapters:

Chapter 1: Homeland Security Challenges for the Practicing Lawyer
Chapter 2: Organization of Homeland Security Functions
Chapter 3: Background and Brief History of Homeland Security
Chapter 4: Critical Infrastructure
Chapter 5: Business Liability
Chapter 6: Communications and Cyber Security
Chapter 7: Local Government Preparation and Prevention Roles
Chapter 8: Government Contracting and Homeland Security
Chapter 9: Immigration
Chapter 10: Trade and Transportation
Chapter 11: Environmental Aspects of Homeland Security
Chapter 12: Employer Cooperation with Law Enforcers
Chapter 13: Disclosure, Confidentiality, and Privacy Issues
Chapter 14: The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
Chapter 15: Science and Technology
Chapter 16: Food and Drug Protective Measures
Chapter 17: Conclusions

Appendix A: Organization of the Department of Homeland Security
Appendix B: Parts of Title 6, Code of Federal Regulations
Appendix C: Relevant State Laws
Appendix D: Table of Contents of the Homeland Security Act