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:

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.

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!