Printing for Life

When 3D printing technology emerged, there was immediate excitement within the life science community, which quickly imagined the many possibilities. Fast forward to 2017 and 3D printing has expanded to “bioprinting,” or the practice of manufacturing tissue and organs with materials that incorporate viable living cells. This almost unbelievable technique has enabled practitioners to test advancements in the area of reconstructive surgery, transplantation and more.

We are pleased to announce our OneBeacon Technology group’s newest whitepaper, which addresses this topic. Titled “3D Bioprinting – Printing for Life” and co-authored by our technology risk control specialists Tushar Nandwana and Steve Morkovsky, this reference piece defines bioprinting, discusses various current technologies and emerging applications, along with the associated risks and exposures.

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MedTech Insights: What’s your gut telling you?

We’re pleased to share OneBeacon Technology’s most recent whitepaper titled, “Microbiome: What is your gut telling you?” authored by Risk Control Medical Technology Specialist Elizabeth Marazzo. As you’ll read, Elizabeth explains the study of microbiomes, their impact on our individual well-being and how the life science and healthcare industries are harnessing these insights to improve medical treatments and preventive care.

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Sharing Expertise: Tech-Talk at ECIA

After-hours networking for Technology Risk Control Manager Tushar Nandwana recently meant sharing insights on the fast-developing state of artificial intelligence. Tushar was among several speakers featured at the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) Regional Series in Phoenix. His technology underwriting colleague Denise Oppelt was also there, along with Nate Call from USI Phoenix (pictured below). Visit the ECIA website for insights on this association and the Regional Series.

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Digital Pirates Seek More Than Free Music

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 Expertise at Data Breach Summit

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.

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Pokemon GO: Fun For Some; Risks for Others

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!

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Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality: Truly, the next best thing to being there

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about virtual reality and augmented reality. With a burst of new products, it’s a good time to understand these technologies, their commercial opportunities and potential risks. We’re excited to share our recent article on this topic authored by Tushar Nandwana, Risk Control Manager for OneBeacon Technology Insurance, that was recently published by Carrier Management.

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Managing Your Boiler’s Thirst: Safety Tips from OneBeacon Technolgy

Ensuring sufficient process heat and steam for your operation relies on properly caring for your facility’s boiler. Besides cleaning and safety inspections, simply ensuring proper water levels will minimize service disruptions. We are pleased to share our latest safety tips titled “Maintenance and Water Treatment for Your Process Boiler” authored by our partners at Hartford Steam Boiler.

These safety tips outline actionable steps for maintaining proper water levels and includes a brief Q&A on boiler operations.

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TAX SEASON PROMPTS PHISHING EXPEDITIONS

As the April 15th tax filing deadline approaches, there has been an uptick in phishing scams targeting consumers along with HR managers. This corporate angle features emails supposedly from company executives soliciting employee W2s along with other sensitive payroll information. While there have been numerous articles on this topic, we encourage you to remain vigilant and ensure that your HR team is aware of this aggressive email campaign. Please refer to these IRS tips as a potential resource. Any such email requests should be considered suspicious and followed-up with an email or phone call to verify the sender’s identity.

 

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Virtual & Augmented Reality: Ready or Not, It’s Here!

In the technology industry, we’re always on the lookout for the next new thing. From social media to gaming to life science, we can always be assured of emerging opportunities to improve our business and personal experiences. On the near-term horizon is the more prevalent use of virtual reality and augmented reality devices for both commercial and leisure activities. “Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Next Major Computing and Communication Platform” authored by OneBeacon Technology Risk Control Specialist Tushar Nandwana is the subject of our latest whitepaper. The whitepaper defines the technology, discusses the brands currently – or shortly – offering VR/AR devices and describes their varied applications. As well, it discusses the risks associated with VR and AR, including inherent limitations and concerns.

To access our complete technology whitepapers library, visit our website.