Cyber Security Archive

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October has been selected as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Over the past year, we have seen a rise in Ransomware attacks that have crippled hospitals, municipalities and even insurance agencies.  Ransomware attacks lock down your network preventing access to your data until a ransom is paid to the attackers usually via Bitcoin or gift

Tech Tips: Ransomware… It Could Happen to Your Agency

Tech Tips will be a regular feature on our blog, courtesy of IIANC Technology Consultant, George Robertson, CISR. George has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and technology industry, with 12 of those being a fellow independent agency owner. Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in the number

Tech Tips: What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Tech Tips will be a regular feature on our blog, courtesy of IIANC Technology Consultant, George Robertson, CISR. George has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and technology industry, with 12 of those being a fellow independent agency owner. Recently, you might have received a request from a carrier or vendor asking

Tech Tips: Create a Strong Password Program for Your Agency

Tech Tips is a regular feature on our blog, courtesy of IIANC Technology Consultant, George Robertson, CISR. George has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and technology industry, with 12 of those being a fellow independent agency owner. If there is one single thing any agency can do to better safeguard their data,

Do You Have a South Carolina Insurance License?

If so, new South Carolina regulations (that became effective January 1, 2019) may impact you! On May 9, 2018, South Carolina enacted the Insurance Data Security Act, which is modeled after the NAIC Insurance Data Security Model Law. Among other things, the legislation requires licensees (unless exempted) to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive written

Tech Tips: Securing Your Agency Data By Securing Your Agency Wireless Router

Tech Tips will be a regular feature on our blog, courtesy of IIANC Technology Consultant, George Robertson, CISR. George has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and technology industry, with 12 of those being a fellow independent agency owner. Many agencies are not aware that their own internal wireless router is not

A New Peril in Cyberspace

Have you ever heard of “business email compromise” or “CEO fraud”?  Well read carefully because this is becoming a claim reported with increasing frequency. A CFO or other financial officer in a company receives an email from the CEO indicating that the CFO will receive a call from a specified person giving him instruction to

Part 2: 3 Essentials to Understanding Data Security for Small Business Owners

This blog post is part of a series written by members of IIANC’s Agency Management & Technology Committee. Guest Post By: Tom Fisher – Insurance Service of Asheville, Asheville, NC   Often times small independent agency owners don’t know how to approach data security, or even know if they have a firewall in place.  This is generally

Part 1: 3 Essentials to Understanding Data Security for Small Business Owners

This blog post is part of a series written by members of IIANC’s Agency Management & Technology Committee. Guest Post By: Tom Fisher – Insurance Service of Asheville, Asheville, NC   Often times small independent agency owners don’t know how to approach data security, or even know if they have a firewall in place.  This is generally

Two New Crime Insurance Endorsements of Note

Internet crime is not just about data breach losses. While data breach losses are significant and can result in considerable financial damage to businesses and individuals, the internet can be used to commit old fashioned crimes such as the theft of money. Two new ISO Crime Insurance endorsements became available in November of 2015 of