Interested in understanding the SDN trend?

”Software Defined Networking” or SDN is an emerging technology that allows for greater control over a network’s data traffic. Given its inherent benefits to corporate IT functions, increased spending to incorporate this technology is anticipated . As well, in recognition of this networking paradigm shift, new startups, as well as existing firms will enter this market to provide products and associated services to implement and manage SDN. Understanding SDN, its associated benefits and risks is consequently increasingly important. OneBeacon’s Technology Insurance group is pleased to provide you with our dedicated whitepaper on this topic, titled “Software Defined Networking – the Evolution of the Network” authored by risk control manager Tushar Nandwana.

Shark Week: Are You Safe?

What would Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” be without the obligatory message about boat insurance? The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) details these types of policies and how they can protect you and your vessel. Typically, boat insurance covers bodily injury, property damage, guest passenger liability, medical payments and theft. The article also discusses boat safety, including traveling at safe speeds and in proper weather conditions.

If you’re in the market for marine insurance coverage, visit National Marine Underwriters’ website at With a sole focus on marine insurance, NMU is a leading underwriter of recreational boats, yachts and six passenger charter boats.

OBGR’s Molenaar Presenting at Colorado PRIMA

Our Government Risks group is attending the Colorado Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) Conference this week in Vail, Colorado. Taking place from August 10 through August 12, the 23rd annual conference kicked off on Sunday with an opening reception and golf tournament, followed by educational opportunities and keynote speaking presentations on Monday and Tuesday.

OBGR Vice President Dennis Molenaar will participate in a speaking engagement Monday afternoon titled, “A New Look at Negligence.” From negligent retention of problem employees to negligent maintenance of buildings or property, negligence is a fast growing trend in public entity lawsuits.

Molenaar will discuss ways to reduce exposure to negligence and teach the importance of proper documentation before facing a claim.

For more information on the conference, please view the agenda and speaker bios.

It’s Hot Out There: 4 Tips to Prevent Heat Stroke

August is here and many of us want to enjoy this last full month of summer outside. But while you may be eager to soak up the sun, PropertyCasualty360 reminds us that August is also heat stroke season. During the hottest months of the year, our bodies become more prone to heat exhaustion. According to the National Weather Service, heat is a leading-weather related killer.

To minimize the risk of heat stroke, review these 4 tips by PropertyCasualty360. Remember to stay cool and hydrate while you enjoy the dog days of summer!

MedTech Risk Control Capabilities Video

We’re pleased to introduce you to Mike Campbell – Medical Technology Risk Control Manager – featured in our latest video. Listen to Mike describe his deep understanding of the science behind the technology. By applying his insights, he helps our technology underwriters to better understand the customer and thereby support their specialty insurance needs. Additionally, you’ll learn about our consultative style and vendor-based resources available for our medical technology insureds, risk managers and producer partners.

You can view our complete library of videos profiling the OneBeacon Technology leadership team here. And for further information about our medical technology capabilities, contact Lloyd Takata directly.

Bring Your Own Device to Work

As persistent connectivity becomes a way of life, more employees are bringing their smartphones and tablets to work. This trend has given way to more seamless online access as employers increasingly allow using personal devices to connect to private networks. Yet while employees are excited to use their cutting edge devices for work, employers must be careful to adequately secure their networks and data from potential intrusions, malware and more.

OneBeacon Technology is pleased to announce our latest whitepaper titled “Bring Your Own Device: Personal Devices in a Corporate World” with insights and guidance on this phenomena. Authored by Technology Risk Control Specialist Elizabeth Marazzo, this whitepaper explains BYOD and its benefits, describes its inherent risks and outlines the steps to consider for mitigating potential exposures.

Giving Back Where it Matters Most

At OneBeacon, we’re pleased to contribute to the insurance industry’s community giving . Our efforts were recently profiled in the Insurance Information Institute’s Impact magazine, which highlights the variety of ways in which our industry gives back.

You can read about more about these initiatives on page 21 of Impact’s summer issue, along with a broad spectrum of the insurance industry’s charitable activities.

Mesh Networks: Disaster Plan Opportunity?

Can mesh networks as they exist today play a role in a disaster recovery plan? And if yes, how? Risk & Insurance recently published an article discussing this emerging technology and its role in ensuring connectivity and communications during and post-disaster events. OneBeacon Technology’s Bob Morris was quoted in this piece, offering insights on the opportunities mesh networks represent. Learn more about this technology and its applicability in disaster planning.