Financial institutions are top targets for security breaches. While the media often reminds us of high-profile network leaks, financial institutions of all sizes are at risk. Because the unintentional release of sensitive customer information is a larger risk than ever, it is essential that you be prepared to react efficiently and effectively in the event of a breach. In order to prepare for breaches in security, financial institutions must tighten their data security controls and plan for a potentially significant financial blow should these controls be insufficient. With continual threats of viruses, hackers and unauthorized use of sensitive information, your institution must respond by preventing, detecting and responding to cyber attacks through a well-orchestrated cyber security program.
Owning and operating a hotel can be a rewarding endeavor. However, hotel operators have to manage numerous exposures related to lodging, and many offer amenities—including pools, exercise facilities, bars and restaurants—that can dramatically increase the number of insurable risks. The list below provides an overview of these hotel risks and more, helping you identify potential blind spots in your risk management and insurance programs.
It has become increasingly important for employers to offer some form of an employee benefits package in order to attract and retain a strong workforce. Additionally, employers may want to protect their company from the risks associated with offering employee benefits. While employers have traditionally insured their employee benefits risks through an outside insurance carrier, the increased demand for employee benefits has resulted in an inflation of costs associated with insuring employee benefits risks. Because of this, many employers have opted to cut out insurance carriers altogether and instead fund their group employee benefits risks with captives.
The way project owners evaluate and manage risks on construction projects and make fiscally responsible decisions to ensure timely project completion are crucial to their success. Since private owners cannot afford to gamble on a contractor whose reliability is uncertain or who could end up bankrupt halfway through the job, a surety bond is a great safety net for the investment.
Most school districts and individual schools have emergency management plans in place. However, they are not always practiced regularly, coordinated with community resources, updated regularly or based on factual data and circumstances. As a result, when schools and districts find themselves in situations that merit an emergency response, they are often left unprepared. Having a solid emergency response plan in place is essential, as emergencies of all shapes and sizes occur in schools on a daily basis, and these incidents can have lasting physical, emotional and educational ramifications.
Your business needs to be prepared for anything so that it can survive even the most unexpected disaster. Though terrorism may not seem likely, it is still a viable threat that you must consider, particularly if your manufacturing facility is in or near a large city. You also must consider more tangible, common risks, such as criminal activity or natural disasters. To protect your company against such threats that could strike at any time, it is important that you have effective security preparation and disaster response plans.
According to The American Red Cross, the internet—including online news sites and social media platforms—is the third-most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe. Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 40 percent of businesses never reopen after a disaster. Implementing steps to prepare for and respond to disasters can help to reduce loss. In order to protect your business from unavoidable interruptions, it is recommended that you have an emergency plan in place to protect your business.
Unfortunately, builders risk insurance doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Much more time is spent on general liability coverage and getting all of the needed endorsements. While all of the issues surrounding general liability coverage are very important to ensure a successful project, so are the issues surrounding a “properly written” builder’s risk policy.
Businesses today don’t only hold physical assets. Through the use of technology companies now are responsible for very valuable intangible assets, such as sensitive data, software and intellectual property, which a general liability policy doesn’t account for. General liability provides protection in the event of bodily injury or property damage. Technology insurance coverage is designed to protect against the significant risk of economic loss related to the intangible assets a company owns. A comprehensive risk management plan needs to guard against the unique exposures that the use of technology presents.