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Are you targeting small, home-based businesses?

Home-based businesses are a growing business sector. Sometimes, a home-based business is the early entrepreneurial manifestation of a fast, high-growth enterprise -- think Apple Computer or Mary Kay; other times, it's a sole proprietor business  or micro employer that starts small and stays small. You probably know many self-employed folks. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), more than half of the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. are home-based ...

Regional roof collapses mount

Roof collapses continue to mount in the Boston region, particularly after rain added further weight to snow encrusted roofs. This morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency updated their count to 147 collapses and structural failures since 2/9/15 - with 23 of these occurring in the past day...

Know your risks: The Internet of Things

We've written about risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) before - emerging networked technologies that intersect with our daily lives are more ubiquitous by the day -- as are the risks that can be posed by hackers. This is not some future threat - it's happening now: "Bad guys have already hijacked up to 100,000 devices in the Internet of Things and used them to launch malware attacks, Internet security firm Proofpoint." "It's apparently the first recorded large-scale Internet ...

Will 2015 Be "The Year of the Healthcare Hack"?

This incredible interactive graphic depicts the world's biggest data breaches by year. It shows selected losses involving greater than 30,000 records. You can expand any incident bubble to get more information, or filter by year, by method of leak, by data sensitivity and more. It's boggling. Are you selling cyber liability insurance yet? In the past, cyber criminals targeted banks and retailers but security experts warn that 2015 could be the Year of the Healthcare Hack. Financial ...

Are you a leader or a manager?

How do you run your agency - are you a leader or a manager? Consultant and leadership guru Scott Williams provides clear differentiators in a short, compelling video. It's a great refresher for you and excellent for any developing staff. Learn more about his thoughts on leadership in his post 11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership.

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