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Microsoft Warns of Cyber Attacks

July 19th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Citing an elevated risk of cyber attacks, Microsoft has released several security updates during its June “Patch Tuesday” in an effort to protect against widespread hacking. A recent blog post by Adrienne Hall, General Manager of Microsoft’s Cyber Defense Operations Center, stated, “In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose […]

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DHS Warns of Utilities Malware

July 19th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Two cyber security firms have uncovered malicious software that they believe caused a Ukraine power outage last December. The software was recently uncovered by two cyber security firms—ESET, a Slovakian anti-virus software maker, and Dragos Inc., a U.S. critical-infrastructure security firm. The two firms released details of the malware, which goes by two different names, […]

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Cyber Liability Insurance

July 19th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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As technology becomes increasingly important for successful business operations, the value of a strong cyber liability insurance policy will only continue to grow. The continued rise in the amount of information stored and transferred electronically has resulted in a remarkable increase in the potential exposures facing businesses. In an age where a stolen laptop or […]

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Protect Yourself Against Illegal Acts with Crime Coverage

July 19th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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You may feel that your employees would never steal from you or that your business would never be the victim of theft, but the harsh reality is that nearly every business is eventually victimized by fraud or theft. In this day and age, thieves (and potentially your employees) do not need direct access to cash […]

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The Dangers of Uber and Other Ride-sharing Apps

July 5th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services can make it easy to get a quick car ride or make some extra income, and they’re only becoming more popular. In fact, in the cities where these platforms are available, taxi ridership has declined anywhere from 10 to 30 percent. However, the convenience of ride-sharing isn’t without risks. […]

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DOL Withdraws Joint Employment and Worker Classification Guidance

July 5th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently withdrew administrative interpretations regarding joint employment and the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. These withdrawals can have significant consequences on legal protections for employees and eligibility for benefits. • Worker classification—Employers will need to satisfy tests established by the courts—such as the economic realities test—when […]

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Preventing Workplace Violence

July 5th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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As reports of shootings and other violent incidents become more common, workplace violence is a topic than no business can ignore. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace homicides rose 2 percent in 2015, the latest year for which data is available. Additionally, the number of workplace shootings increased by 15 percent. The […]

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Congress Considers Flood Insurance Reforms

July 5th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is one of the few ways to get insurance coverage for flood risks, and the program is set to expire later this year. However, Congress is currently examining a number of possible changes to the NFIP before it’s reauthorized. One of the most important topics regarding the NFIP is […]

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New Study Demonstrates the Dangers of Talking While Driving

July 5th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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It’s commonly known that smartphones, entertainment systems and other electronics can be a dangerous distraction to drivers. However, a new study from the University of Iowa found that simple conversations can also cause unsafe driving conditions. The study used eye tracking equipment to analyze where subjects were looking and how long it took them to […]

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Heat App Updated in Time for Summer

July 5th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and OSHA have recently redesigned their Heat Safety Tool mobile app. The free app provides information on what precautions outdoor workers should take to stay safe in hot and humid conditions. The updated app uses a cellphone’s geolocation capabilities to gather weather data from National Oceanic […]

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