Cyber Crimes

Cyber crime has grown into a massive expense for businesses and organizations around the world. According to a recent report by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, it costs the global economy an estimated $445 billion annually. It costs the world’s four largest economies – the US, China, Japan and Germany – more than $200 billion. And the cost is expected to grow. Because businesses are increasingly interconnected across the globe and cyber crime has become highly profitable, the frequency and severity of attacks has grown rapidly. To combat this, Asian and European governments are following the lead of the US in implementing strict data protection laws. Proposed laws call for harsh fines for data breaches. An increasing concern is business 

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Workers Compensation Experience Rating

How does safety pay dividends to the business owner? Time and resources spent on developing a culture of safety repays the business in the long run. Safety cultures rely on reducing the number of workers compensation claims, in return, the odds of a disastrous claim are reduced. Business owners with workers’ compensation experience modifications above 1.25 need to review their safety policies with professionals. It is possible one year or even one claim causes this situation; but it should not be ignored. Discover and repair the root cause. MOD A 1.01 to 1.25 modification indicates worse than average experience. State rates can be less than adequate for a short period of time. The actuarial or mathematical calculations just incorrectly reflect 

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Errors and Omissions Insurance

Professional liability insurance funds losses caused by errors or omissions in the rendering of services. What does this mean? Professionals are human and errors do occur. In medicine and science, the client benefits from the best course of action suggested by an experienced practitioner at the time the service is rendered. The best course of action, though, has some risk of failure. It is wise to cover this potential. Professional liability claims An attorney misses a filing date for a lawsuit and the client loses the right to sue a┬ásurgeon removes too little, too much, or the wrong tissue. A hair stylist misuses chemicals and burns the client. A┬ácomputer consultant provides incompatible software, causing damage Some examples of actual, but 

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Cyber Insurance and Why Your Business Needs It

If you’re reading this blog, you’re concerned about protecting your business from cyber attacks and you should be. Cyber liability is no longer nice to have. It is a must have for businesses. Many businesses do not understand just how important cyber insurance is or why they need it. One of the most common targets for cyber thieves is big law firms. Experts say that these firms have large amounts of the personal data that cyber criminals want. In addition to this, large firms typically store plenty of corporate data, trade secrets and other protected information. What Does Cyber Insurance Cover? There are several inclusions in a cyber insurance policy. Any business that stores trade secrets and protected personal information 

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General Liability vs. Professional Liability Insurance

A consultant recommends that a client purchase and implement software to automate certain manufacturing processes. An update to the software causes it to crash repeatedly, forcing the client to shut down its production lines for 10 days until a fix is available. The client sues the consultant for giving bad advice. A new commercial building develops a roof leak following heavy rains. An investigation shows that the roof structure is insufficient for handling torrential rains common to the area. The owner sues the architect over the design error. An accountant performing an audit for a town government does not notice a questionable pattern of expenditures. Later, it is discovered that an employee in the town clerk’s office embezzled more than 

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Are your Workers Employees or Independent Contractors?

Before classifying a worker as an independent contractor, it is important for a business owner to do his or her homework carefully. Employment laws today are very strict, so discuss any concerns with an agent. The United States Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service have combined their efforts to help various states share resources and information that will expose worker classification violations. Employers found to be in violation could face paying back taxes, back pay to workers, missed overtime, retroactive benefits, interest, fines, staff effort charges and legal fees. With situations where there are multiple violations or willful negative intent, the penalties and fines are worse. In addition to the money a violation would cost, employers would also 

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How to Prepare for a Workers’ Compensation Audit

Just the mention of a workers’ compensation audit causes fear to some. If you are scheduled for a workers’ compensation audit, there is no need to dread it or be fearful. A small amount of preparation and common sense can save you a lot of aggravation and money. Devoting a few hours of your attention now can save you a lot of time in the future. You need to give your full attention to the auditor and remain with him/her throughout the entire process. The process may take a couple of hours to complete. so make sure that the time and date of the scheduled audit is convenient for you. Call to reschedule the audit if it has been scheduled 

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Cyber Liability Insurance

On April 20, 2011, someone hacked the Sony Playstation Network. They found an opening in the online video gaming network’s password-reset system and penetrated the security protecting its customer database. Days later, the company admitted that the hackers had obtained personal information on 70 million or more subscribers. The hackers got names, physical and email addresses, birthdates, and other identifying information, and it’s possible that they got credit card numbers. Sony took the network offline to reinforce it, but within days of it coming back online, hackers broke in again. Playstation Network is a high-profile target with tens of millions of subscribers, making it attractive to criminals. However, even small businesses that do business over the Internet are vulnerable to 

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3 Steps to Controlling Workers’ Compensation Costs

Workers’ Compensation can be a large cost center for a business. The extent depends on the type of business and the state where the business is located. The cost to insure a single employee making $30,000 per year can range from less than $100 (for a clerical worker) to around $1,400 (for a restaurant worker) to more than $10,000 (for a roofing worker). For employers in industries that require dangerous work, limiting Workers’ Compensation costs is vital. Here are three things they can do. First, employers should prevent injuries from happening. There are as many ways to keep a safe workplace as there are workplaces. However, certain components of a safety strategy are universal:   Keep workspaces clean and free 

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Directors & Officers Insurance

For the last several years, stories of wrongdoing and bad judgment by corporate managers have filled the headlines. Enron, Worldcom, and Countrywide are just some of the companies that became household names because of mistakes or criminal acts their leaders committed. These stories became big news because they were exceptional; the vast majority of companies do not fail in such a spectacular fashion. However, all corporate managers have the potential to make mistakes, and some mistakes can lead to significant losses for the company, its shareholders, employees and vendors. When this happens, having the appropriate insurance coverage can make all the difference between survival or corporate and personal bankruptcy. General Liability Insurance Most businesses carry commercial general liability insurance that 

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