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Carmen Duarte

Where the World Talks Security (Hint: It’s Conference Season in San Francisco!)

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Staying current with emerging cybersecurity trends is critical to all of us on a commercial and personal level. And what better environment to attain those insights than participating in the annual RSA Conference (“RSAC”), which attracts cyberrisk’s leading thinkers and practioners. The OneBeacon Technology Insurance team has been there all week, hearing from a broad variety of specialists. The conference theme is “Better” – a highly encouraging call to action, given emerging privacy concerns and…

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Gene Editing: Life-Changing Science

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In recent years, the practice of scientifically adapting human DNA has been advanced through the breakthroughs resulting from the National Institute of Health’s Human Genome Project. Through the careful adaption of DNA, researchers are advancing targeted options for treating serious illnesses, such as certain cancers. But these opportunities are also introducing important conversations regarding medical ethics and other risks. We are pleased to offer deeper insights on this topic in our first whitepaper of the…

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Cryptojacking: Where Stealth Meets Payoff

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Most of us are aware of ransomware and how prolific those attacks have become. But what about cyber attacks without demands for payment, where the “currency” is simply stealth access to your network? “Cryptojacking” is that latest iteration of cyber intrusion. We are pleased to share our colleague Tushar Nandwana’s article recently published in Carrier Management titled “Cryptojacking: Where Stealth Meets Payoff.” For additional insights on emerging technology trends, feel free to browse our whitepaper…

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Blockchain Technology: The Virtual Workhorse That’s Here to Stay

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The emergence of cryptocurrencies has led to ongoing debates regarding its long-term viability. No matter what you think of virtual currency, what is proving to have significant staying power is their underlying technology – or blockchain platforms – which structure these digital transactions with full transparency and without a controlling third-party, such as bank. Blockchain is the topic of our two newest whitepapers, which we’ve authored based on distinct readership interest: Part 1 – “Blockchain…

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The Password Paradigm: Better Safe than Sorry

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Leaving the key in the ignition of an unlocked car is an open invitation to a thief.  When it comes to cybersecurity, a weak password is the key that unlocks the door to your critical information. Startling Statistics According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords.  The website HaveIBeenPwned reports that nearly 520 million passwords have been exposed in data breaches. Admittedly, the number of passwords…

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Back it Up: Two Ways to Avoid Losing Your Data

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB. There are many ways you can lose data from your computer or mobile devices, but the most common causes tend to be: Equipment or system failure, such as the hard drive crashing Human error, such as accidentally deleting files or dropping your phone Viruses and malware, with ransomware becoming a growing threat Anyone who has been the victim…

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Your Money or Your Computer Files; Beware of Ransomware

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How many warnings have you seen about clicking on unfamiliar links or confirming emails to be sure the sender is a known and trusted source? Typically the goal is avoiding a computer virus, but today, we also need to consider 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. Furthermore, these digital pirates are…

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Chicago Pizza and Networking

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Last week, our Central Region Technology team enjoyed co-hosting OneBeacon Insurance Group’s second “Product Fair” of the year. This event took place in Chicago, featuring perfect summer weather, Chicago-style pizza and representatives from eight OneBeacon businesses. These forums offer local agents and brokers an opportunity to get better acquainted with our front-line teams while learning a little more about our specialty products and services. Planning will soon be underway for Product Fairs later this year…

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Internet Trends 2018

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At 3.6B, internet users total more than half of the global population. Given this mainstream status, new growth may be harder to come by, although rapid innovation and increased competition continue to drive product improvements, which in turn prompts more usage. In fact, on average, adults spend nearly six hours engaged with digital media. These are just some of the findings in this year’s annual Internet Trends Report authored by Mary Meeker from Kleiner Perkins. Gaining…

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Social Media Privacy: Taking Control Of Your Data

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB.   There are a number of social networking sites and tools available online, and most of us use at least one. While what you share on social media is your decision, what others choose to do with your information — once they have it — is out of your control. Social media can leave…

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