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Interruption and catastrophe head list of business worries

Interruption and catastrophe head list of business worries

Supply chain interruption and natural catastrophe are the biggest worries on the minds of businesses, according to a recently released study from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. The firm interviewed more than 400 experts in corporate insurance in nearly three dozen countries when compiling the list, which seeks to provide a greater insight into the most timely hazards facing companies and insurers.Rounding out the top 10 were fire and explosion, changes in legislation or ...
Analytics could help claims process

Analytics could help claims process

Underwriting is a complicated endeavor, one that requires a keen sensitivity to a variety of factors. Those myriad inputs are a big part of why using Big Data could very well help to transform the industry, which is good news for both insurance companies and businesses that hire them. One of the advantages of using a more analytical framework is in deciding how to adjudicate claims. Instead of each one going to a random ...
Neiman Marcus and Target deal with security breach fallout

Neiman Marcus and Target deal with security breach fallout

On Friday, high end retailer Neiman Marcus confirmed the worst suspicions of its customers: its data had been breached, and an unknown amount of credit and debit card information had been leaked. This comes fast on the heels of a similar incident at Target, which saw the personal info of some 70 million customers fall into the wrong hands. Investigators are now concerned that there may be a connection between the digital heists, and ...
Construction-related jobs among the most dangerous

Construction-related jobs among the most dangerous

Few people are satisfied with every aspect of their profession. Sometimes clients or managers are difficult or communicate poorly. Other jobs can be repetitive or tedious. Some vocations have hours that force their employees to toil long into the night.Those occupational hazards pale in comparison to those faced in the most dangerous jobs, where serious injury or death is an ever-present possibility. While the riskiest professions are somewhat spread across industries, three of the ...
The role of construction in renewable energy

The role of construction in renewable energy

Concern about the future of energy is becoming louder. Perhaps in no state is this more true than California, where progressive ideals and unusually sunny weather have many seriously considering switching to a more renewable source of energy, such as solar. In fact, the state installed as many megawatts in 2013 as it did in the previous 30 years combined, doubling its total capacity to nearly 4,000 megawatts.This only further cemented its spot atop ...
Six ways to keep hackers out

Six ways to keep hackers out

You can't guarantee the integrity of your website. Like a physical storefront, people will sometimes find ways to elude your security and get access to your information. That's why getting IT contractor insurance is an important part of staying safe. However, just like you wouldn't leave the doors to your store unlocked or your most valuable merchandise within easy purloining distance, there are ways to make sure that your digital data is as locked ...
San Diego robberies highlight need for California contractor insurance

San Diego robberies highlight need for California contractor insurance

In San Diego, the contracting industry is experiencing a crime wave.In the last six months, police officers have responded to dozens of thefts in the industry, with some losses extending into the thousands of dollars. Construction sites are particularly ripe targets for crooks for a number of reasons. The tools used are often expensive, difficult to trace and easy to sell. In addition, many larger companies draw from a shared equipment pool, with a ...
How the Affordable Care Act will affect seasonal workers

How the Affordable Care Act will affect seasonal workers

Moreso than many other industries, construction work is variable. For one, it tends to be heavily project-based: rather than going into the same office every day from 9-5, employees work on a particular building or structure and then move on to a different site. Also, there are often permits to wait for or paperwork that needs to be attended to before building can start. Even something as ephemeral as weather can affect the ability ...
Small businesses face both high-tech and low-tech threats

Small businesses face both high-tech and low-tech threats

Hacking technology is getting more complicated every day, with criminals devising new and devious ways to bilk business owners of their money and personal information. It's important to note, however, that not all attacks are of the high-tech variety. Even modern scammers are not opposed to using crude methods to rip people off.One simplistic scam involves wrapping aluminum foil around the antenna of a credit card reader. With the signal blocked, it's much easier ...
New technology solutions require increased technology insurance

New technology solutions require increased technology insurance

Tech industry analysts are using the new year as an opportunity to project the exciting changes and new innovations of 2014. As has been the case for the past several years, the focus around technology is the advancement of mobility, particularly in the business space.Many suspect that 2014 will be the year mobility finally becomes commonplace in corporate culture. An article in the online publication SitePoint says this will be the year of the ...

 

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