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The Risk of Potential Auto Losses

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The Risk of Potential Auto Losses—Commercial Auto Risk Management and Safety Programs.

In our commitment to provide ideas on resources available to business owners, below is a video on the resources available through Master Drive, Inc. regarding commercial fleet risk management, training and safety programs.  Master Drive, Inc. is a leading provider of driving training and commercial fleet training as well as provides an extensive risk assessment, driver training and safety programs for business owners to assist in managing their business auto liability exposure.  Please review the video and if interest in the resources and training they can provide,  to meet your specific needs, please feel free to contact them or myself to arrange a meeting to explore their resources.

Video use with permission of MasterDrive

Take the Cyber Self Assessment for Business

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Cyber intrusions continue to be a significant risk for businesses.  Attached is an excellent Cyber Self Assessment for businesses developed by the Glatfelter Insurance Group, a leading provider of niche insurance programs including cyber risk insurance coverage.  This assessment can give a business an excellent review of current cyber risk strategies and highlight areas to improve in the risk management of potential threats.  This can help you plan and make sure your cyber door is properly secure.  Please take some time to download and review this assessment, evaluating your current strategies, and consult with your IT staff and/or IT outsourcing firm.

Download and Review the Cyber Self Assessment Here

Understanding and Managing Cyber Risk

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The internet provides great opportunities and increased capacity for businesses using this medium in marketing and providing products and services to their customers. With it brings risk of criminal intrusions, theft and computer system vulnerabilities that can result in significant financial loss to businesses and their customers.

Most recently the Home Depot intrusion and breach exposed 56 million customer’s credit card information. The Target intrusion and breach exposed over 40 million customer credits cards. The recent Federal government intrusion and breach exposed personal key data of more than 20 million Americans.

These successful intrusions into large companies and the Federal government were widely publicized in newspapers and over the airwaves. However, according to a study done by Verizon and Symantec in 2012, one in three such intrusions or breach incidents were made into businesses with less than 250 employers. Included with this article are additional examples of claim scenarios that were published by Philadelphia Insurance Companies, one of the leading providers of Cyber Security Liability insurance programs. These examples clearly show that we all are at risk.

To help mitigate exposure, many insurance companies are now offering insurance products for Cyber Risk. However there is no standardized policy form and each insurance company’s policies are different. Close review of the policy language is essential to determine if the policy truly meets your needs.

Insurance companies that are very experienced in providing comprehensive coverage will ask the following key questions as part of their coverage application process:

• What is your business and operations?
• Have you had a cyber compromise incident and what was your corrective action?
• Do you have firewalls and encryption protocols on your computer systems?
• Have you had a cyber audit within the last 12 months and what was the result and mitigation implemented?
• Do you have IT security policies and procedures both internal and external to your operation and what is the extent of those policies and procedures?
• Are systems back-up and recovery procedures tested annually?
• Do you have a written IT business continuity/disaster plan?
• Do you review, evaluate and re-implement your continuity/disaster plan annually?

Cyber Risk Insurance Recommendations

Key Insurance Coverage to consider:

First Party Protection: YOU
• Loss of digital assets
• Business income and extra expense due to an intrusion and/or denial of service caused by the intrusion
• Cyber extortion threat
• Security event/incident costs

Third Party Protections
• Network Security & Privacy Liability Coverage
• Employee Privacy Liability Coverage
• Electronic Media Liability Coverage
• Cyber Terrorism Coverage
• World Wide Coverage

Managing Cyber Risk

• Decide whether to have an IT specialty staff either on-site or outsourced that has the expertise and experience in security protocols, as well as policies and procedures that are ahead of the curve. Evaluate and implement.
• Retain legal council to review outsourcing contracts and applicable laws pertaining to cyber issues and review your policies and procedures both internal and external applying to your computer and network systems.
• Develop, implement, and maintain plans.
• Retain an Insurance Broker with expertise and experience in cyber insurance and risk management planning.

When we all leave our offices at night we make sure the windows and doors are locked.  The coffee pot is off and the burglar alarm is set.  Let us all make as sure as possible that our cyber door is equally protected.

Read and Download Claim Scenario Examples Here

Know Your Construction Contract Terminology

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The construction industry is a major force in the Colorado economy.  With the tremendous growth in our state, contractors are engaging in construction contracts to perform their trade and services.  Included with this post is a Construction Contract Terminology Guide that can assist in developing and analyzing contracts, and, includes the insurance requirements that might be needed.

Click Here to Read and Download the Construction Contract Terminology Guide