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Internet-controlled tools, equipment, furniture and electronics are becoming the new norm for businesses looking for ways to increase productivity. Often referred to as the internet of things (IoT), this new level of connectivity can also prove dangerous to business owners who rely on constant connectivity to function. READ MORE >>

In Alaska, beasts come in the form of enormous, long-haired, silver salmon-mongering grizzly bears. Recently, while cleaning freshly caught silver salmon creek-side, a hungry grizzly bear appeared. We were not above fleeing to the safety of the garage to finish fileting salmon. READ MORE >>

Big companies like Target, Yahoo and Equifax are typically the unhappy recipients of big news coverage following data disasters. This is not surprising, given the size of the events. At Target, credit and debit card information or contact information for approximately 40 million people was purloined, leading to the resignations of both the CEO and CIO. READ MORE >>

Half of all small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in the U.S. experienced a data breach in the past year — and 55% experienced a cyber attack. So why are so many SMBs not making cyber insurance a priority? According to the Insurance Information Institute, 34% of SMBs do not believe they will be the target of an attack, while 37% cited cost as a reason. READ MORE >>

Although cyber attacks are becoming more of a certainty than a possibility, there are still numerous companies and organizations that are not purchasing cyber insurance. In addition, many are not taking proactive measures to protect data such as updating software programs and installing security updates in a timely manner. READ MORE >>

This year’s top six cyber risks for businesses, according to The Chertoff Group principal Adam Isles, include: increase in destructive attacks targeting industrial control systems; expansion of IoT as a threat vector; evolution in nation-state activity tradecraft, advances in identity s... READ MORE >>

Data Privacy Day is observed annually on January 28th. The purpose of this day is to increase awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices among consumers, organizations and anyone who deals with private information. READ MORE >>

In the world of workers compensation, the subject of employee vs. self-employed independent contractor is complex. Employers are not required to provide workers compensation coverage for independent contractors. Likewise, employers are not responsible for payroll taxes and other legal obligations that are necessary for employees. READ MORE >>

Sexual harassment scandals loom large among the events that shaped 2017. Fueled by revelations that longtime movie producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein forced himself on dozens of women — including such A-list celebs as Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina... READ MORE >>

Winter can be a risk to the continuity of business operations. Small business owners should be ensuring that their assets and operations are protected against the elements of the season. A strong handle on risk management can help to maintain stability during this season. READ MORE >>

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