How many warnings have you seen about clicking on unfamiliar links or confirming email addresses to be sure it’s a known and trusted source? Typically the goal is avoiding a computer virus, but you also need to be aware of digital pirates eager to seize computer files in exchange for a ransom fee. Sound far-fetched? Hardly; ransomware has been around since 1989 and has become more widespread in recent years. These digital pirates are becoming cleverer, making avoiding these intrusions an important defensive concern.
We’re pleased to share our most recent whitepaper titled “Minimizing the Impact of Ransomware” authored by VP & Senior InfoTech Product Manager Joe Budzyn. As you’ll read, Joe defines ransomware, how it typically appears and steps for mitigating such an attack.
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OneBeacon Healthcare Group’s Linda McSmith is speaking today at the Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Fall Conference and Tradeshow. Her session titled, “A Risk Management Approach to Managing Patient Safety,” reviews the national guidelines and strategies that have assisted clinicians in reducing the occurrence of surgical misadventures, and explores potential strategies to further reduce incident rates. Taking place in Franklin, TN, this conference brings together ambulatory surgery center professionals with industry experts to discuss topics ranging from clinical to management to business.
With 25% of industry employees nearing retirement by 2018, there is a growing need to inspire young talent to join our workforce. That’s why we’re joining the Insurance Careers Movement, an industry-wide campaign that reinforces how insurance hits the career trifecta: it’s stable, limitless and rewarding. Following are a few simple ways that those in our industry can participate, as well as examples of our efforts.
- Share your career stories. Watch the clip to hear our employees share why they chose a career in insurance and feel a young person could thrive in our industry.
- Connect with college students. Attending alumni events, speaking on panels and exhibiting at career fairs are great ways to network with students. Look for our booth at the University of Minnesota’s Actuarial Career Fair on Monday, Sept. 26!
- Join the conversation. What better place to reach young individuals than social media? You can join the Twitter conversation by tagging your Tweets with #CareerTrifecta, and be sure to follow our updates at @OneBeaconJobs!
The False Claim Act (FCA) is the primary means to fight fraud perpetrated against the government. The FCA imposes civil and criminal liability for knowingly making a false or fraudulent claim to the United States for money or property; or to avoid an obligation to pay money (reverse false claim). 31 U.S.C. §§ 3279-3733.
FCA claims have been on the rise as the government, in collaboration with other governmental agencies, continues to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse in order to protect valuable taxpayers’ dollars. Thus, the key is to be proactive in managing the risk before an FCA claim is made against you.
Continue reading this OneBeacon Management Liability article featured on PropertyCasualty360.com and authored by Claims’ Katherine Tower.
Are you attending the SANS Institute’s Data Breach Summit in Chicago today? OneBeacon’s John Wurzler will be facilitating a session this afternoon with conference host and SANS Institute instructor Benjamin Wright. Following the premise that “learning comes from doing,” attendees will break into small discussion groups, receive a fact scenario and develop an action plan. The exercise will emphasize collaboration among experts such as CISOs, lawyers and risk managers. Speakers from earlier in the day will participate.
More than 55 million people in America have physical or mental disabilities that substantially limit a major life activity. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law to help protect this population and ensure they receive the same rights as everyone else.
This law was especially important for the public sector because it provided guidelines to ensure no program, service or activity discriminates against or excludes anyone based on disability.
Read the rest of this insightful, OneBeacon Government Risks article featured on Independent Agent and authored by OBGR’s Bradley York.
The game’s the thing this summer and that game is, of course, Pokémon GO. With anything new, emerging risks and exposures must be considered. OneBeacon Technology Insurance’s Lloyd Takata was among several technology insurance specialists quoted in Carrier Management’s article on the game’s potential risks and exposures. We invite you to read and learn more!
OneBeacon Technology Insurance’s David Molitano was a featured panelist today at the American Conference Institute’s Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference taking place in NYC. Now in its 13th year, this premier event gathers insurance professionals, attorneys and others specializing in technology, insurance coverages, prevention strategies and more offers. David’s panel shared expertise regarding the emerging perils affecting cyber liability, the Internet of things, collecting biometrics data and other new technologies.
OneBeacon Technology specialists are often invited to speak at leading industry conferences. View our website’s Events page for more details!
Have you spotted any drones flying around your community yet? As the commercial use of drones increases, so do the risks and implications for public entities.
Learn more about how communities are using drones, the latest FAA regulations and the insurance implications your clients need to know about in this recent Independent Agent article,” What You Need to Know if Your Public Entities Clients Use Drones,” authored by OneBeacon Government Risks’ Bradley York.
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International privacy governance has been unsettled since last fall’s decision by a European Court invalidated the US-EU Safe Harbor program governing trans-Atlantic data transfers. The interim measure is a “Privacy Shield” program. If you have international exposures, being informed of this shifting international regulatory environment is important.
OneBeacon Technology Insurance is pleased to present a whitepaper authored by cybersecurity attorneys from Troutman Sanders LLC titled “US-EU Privacy Shield Program.” The report explains the program and its requirements, as well as the elements of the December 2015 decision to adopt the General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect in 2018.