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Safety First: Major Recall of Kidde Portable Fire Extinguishers

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Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of roughly 40.5 million Kidde portable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. (37.8 million units) and Canada (2.7 million units).  The recall involves 134 different models manufactured between Jan 1, 1972 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde extinguishers are commonly sold for residential, vehicle and sometimes commercial use. Background This recall involves…

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Cybersecurity Smart

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People continue to be the #1 cybersecurity risk–and can be the weakest link in the communications chain. All the technology savvy in the world cannot prevent someone from inadvertently clicking on a link. Remember, you are the first and last line of defense in effective cybersecurity.  Here are some of the latest scams to watch out for: Fake Google Docs – A message arrives in your Gmail account stating someone wants to share a Google document…

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Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks

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This post originally appeared in Equipment Connection, the Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Company’s (HSB) blog. It was authored by Monique Ferrarro, Cyber Practice Counsel at HSB. It’s increasingly possible that a hacker could seize control of your computer or data and demand a payment to give it back. These so-called “ransomware” attacks have unfortunately become far more common nowadays, and they’re one more reason that individuals and businesses should redouble their efforts to protect and secure…

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How to be Safer When Using Public WiFi

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  This post was featured in Equipment Connection – the risk management blog authored by our partners at Hartford Steam Boiler, authored by Norman Thoms. – Read more here. Public WiFi spots are everywhere these days. They’re convenient, especially when you’re on the go, but they could also leave your information vulnerable. Here are some tips to stay safer if you use public WiFi. Avoid accessing confidential information When connected to public WiFi, don’t log on…

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Cry No More: Avoiding the Risks of Ransomware

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  Last Friday, May 12, a rapidly moving global ransomware attack unfolded, primarily affecting  Europe and Asia but eventually making its way to the U.S. and South America. The ransomware strain was known either as WannaCrypt, WanaDecrypt or Wanna.Cry. Once a system was attacked, it would encrypt the files and request a ransom of $300 in bitcoin to decrypt the files and revert control. Estimates suggest that over 100,000  systems were rapidly infected worldwide. The variants hit the…

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Warning: This new phishing scam is costing businesses thousands

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This post was featured in Equipment Connection – the risk management blog authored by our partners at Hartford Steam Boiler, authored by Monique Ferraro. Whether it’s a phishing scheme or malware, most cyber attacks originate with an email. The most pervasive and costly cyber frauds affecting businesses this year are phishing schemes in which the perpetrator claims to be a senior executive, such as the CEO or CFO, requesting a funds transfer or employee W-2 records….

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All Dressed Up: Risk Management On-the-Go!

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We don’t mind getting dressed up for work, even adopting our customers’ dress-code when visiting them on-site. Pictured below are OneBeacon Technology senior underwriting specialist Andrew Doonan and risk control technology specialist Norine McVann, who recently toured a semi-conductor manufacturing plant in Minnesota. The suits are intended to limit dust and reduce static electricity in the manufacturing area. The team toured the facility to review our insured’s proactive risk management programs, with a particular eye…

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Connecting with Tech CEOs

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If you’re in Boise, Idaho this week, then we suspect you may attending the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) CEO Summit. Chris Moede is representing our team and sponsorship at this annual conference. Yesterday, he provided attendees with a brief overview of our capabilities and the targeted risk management opportunities available for TECNA members. We appreciate this opportunity to get to better know our TECNA friends old and new!  

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Cisco Publishes Annual Cybersecurity Report

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Cisco recently published its 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report. According to the study, over one-third of organizations that experienced a cyber breach in 2016 reported a loss of customers and revenues. When breaches occur, operations and finance were the functions most likely to be affected (36 percent and 30 percent, respectively), followed by brand reputation and customer retention (both at 26 percent). Acess the full report, including other highlights here.  

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