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!