Internet protocols: the next generation

These days, most of us take the internet for granted and rely on it for essential information ranging from weather forecasts to social media updates, texting, and online shopping or bill payments. What if the day came when you were unable to connect or had to share your connection, but only one person could be online at a time? Sound farfetched? Think again, as today’s “internet protocol” version (IPv4) is being sorely stretched, paving the way for IP version 6. Understanding these internet communication protocols and the impact of high web penetration is the subject of OneBeacon Technology’s latest whitepaper authored by risk control specialist Jack Morkovsky. Titled, “Comparing IPv4 and IPV6; Like comparing a beach ball to the sun” also addresses the risks faced by web-enabled devices owners and manufacturers to ensure compatibility with IPv6, which was adopted in 2012.

As insurance professionals, it’s important to recognize the broad impact of this new standard, as any technology company involved in R&D and manufacturing that somehow touches the internet must pay attention to these standards. We encourage you to review this paper and share it with your technology clients.

OBGR’s Kenny Smith to Speak at IRWA Conference

OneBeacon Government Risks’ VP of Risk Control Kenny Smith will attend and present at the upcoming Illinois Rural Water Association (IRWA) Annual Conference. Beginning on February 15, the two-day conference is being held at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Ill.

Smith’s session on February 17 will focus on the topic of fleet risk management. His discussion will include fleet risk management tips and insight into how water districts can mitigate their vehicular risks.

OBGR’s Business Development Manager Royanna Carle is also attending the conference. To learn more about the session or to visit with OBGR, please email Royanna.

Ocean City Bound? Visit with NMU at Seaside Boat Show

National Marine Underwriters (NMU) continues its busy boat show season with a visit to Ocean City, Maryland this weekend. If you’re attending the 32nd Annual Seaside Boat Show, please visit with our NMU representatives located at exhibit booth #427.

Taking place February 13-15 at the Ocean City Convention Center, the boat show includes over 140 exhibitors. To learn more about the show, visit: http://www.ocboatshow.com/.

NMU Underwriter Al Saunders mans the exhibition booth at the Sea Side Boat show.

NMU Underwriter Al Saunders will man the exhibition booth at the show.

2015 OneBeacon College Scholarships

We’re excited to announce that the 2015 college scholarship application and program brochure are now available! Once again, 16 college scholarships funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust will be granted for the upcoming academic year.

Eligibility
Deserving members of the Class of 2015 are eligible to receive a $2,000, one-time scholarship. Recipients will be announced in early June, with eight scholarships awarded to OneBeacon employees’ children and another eight granted to our producers’ children.

Applications Due April 15
Applications along with a complete transcript must be submitted by April 15. Please send all required materials to the following address, and refer questions to Scholarship Management services at 507.931.1682.

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Good luck to our 2015 applicants!

Winter Storm Juno Update

OneBeacon’s Farmington, CT, New Jersey and New York City offices will be open for business as usual today, January 28. Due to continued hazardous conditions in the city, the Boston office will be closed. The Canton office will open, however given the significant variances in snowfall and travel conditions in Massachusetts, employees who cannot safely get to the office are encouraged to stay home.

Boston and Canton Employees able to work at home should be available by phone and email.

Northeast Offices Closed

As the Northeast experiences blizzard conditions today, several OneBeacon offices are closed, including:

–    Boston, Canton and Quincy, MA
–    Farmington, CT
–    Holmdel and Morristown, NJ
–    New York, NY
–    Blue Bell, PA

We will provide an update regarding any office closings for Wednesday once the extent of the storm’s duration and impact are known.

New Whitepaper: Molecular Detectives Lead to Personalized Medicine

The nostalgic feeling associated with doctors’ house calls reflects a classic one-to-one experience. However, today’s medical technology may have one-upped this approach through the emergence of “personalized medicine.” This new methodology relies on biomarkers to diagnose and establish treatment protocols based on each person’s unique characteristics. Furthermore, personalized medicine may transform the overall medical industry by enabling health-care providers to shift their emphasis from response to prevention.

Understanding the science behind personalized medicine is the subject of our most recent whitepaper titled “Biomarker. Molecular Detective: Personalized Medicine; the Next Generation of Diagnosis and Treatment” authored by OneBeacon Technology Risk Control Manager Mike Campbell. In this whitepaper, we explain biomarkers and how they can be used for detection and customized treatment, the FDA view, and the associated risks. You can also learn about our life sciences risk management capabilities on our website.

Visit with NMU at Chicago Boat Show

If you’re attending the Chicago boat show this week, we invite you to visit with our National Marine Underwriters (NMU) team. NMU’s Al Saunders will be manning exhibition booth A333 at the show, taking place January 14 – 18 at McCormick Place. Stop by to meet with Al and learn more about our marine insurance services!

For more information on the event, please visit: www.chicagoboatshow.com.

2014 Holiday Donations

After receiving more than 800 votes in our holiday ecard donation poll, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust was pleased to allocate $30,000 among three worthy nonprofits as follows:

Additionally, our Charitable Trust donated $51,000 to nonprofits in those communities where OneBeacon has a presence. Listed below are the 21 organizations our local offices (noted in parentheses) selected to support this holiday season:

  • American Cancer Society (New York City)
  • Annapolis Area Ministries Inc. (Annapolis, MD)
  • Boys  Hope Girls Hope of IL (Chicago)
  • Canton Area Helpline (Canton, MA)
  • Cavalry Children’s Home (Atlanta)
  • Clarity Child Guidance Center (San Antonio)
  • Dorothy Day Center -Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis (Minnetonka, MN)
  • Father Bill’s and Main Spring (Canton, MA)
  • Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver)
  • Food Share (Farmington, CT)
  • Harvesters (Overland Park, KS)
  • Holy Trinity Parish Food (New York City)
  • Interfaith Food Pantry (Morristown, NJ)
  • Pine Street Inn (Boston)
  • RFK Center for Justice & Humanity (New York City)
  • San Francisco Food Bank (San Francisco)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle)
  • Sharing and Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s Place) (Minnetonka, MN)
  • Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Los Angeles)
  • SW Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank (Salem, VA)
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank (Boston)

OneBeacon was pleased to donate over $80,000 during the recent holiday season, supporting organizations that matter most to our community.

NMU’s Tips for Winterizing Your Watercraft

As the cold weather settles in, our team from National Marine Underwriters (NMU) offers tips for winterizing your watercraft. Though it may seem like a tedious task, effectively winterizing your boat can help you avoid costly repairs come springtime.

Read NMU’s tips here to help guide you in the winterization process, from caring for your engine to securing proper winter storage. And remember, protecting your vessel now can ensure smooth sailing this spring!