When we think of workplace injuries, thoughts of falling off ladders, slipping on a wet floor, or tripping down stairs as the most common. But what if we told you that 70 percent of all non-fatal injuries that cause days off work were ones that women suffered, and that they are due to assault? It’s a sad and true statistic, according to analysis by the National Safety Council. Continue Reading →
Regulators are concerned about the possibility of businesses and individuals being victimized by ransomware attacks. They encourage the public to become aware of them and take steps to guard against them. One of the steps is to consider the purchase of a cybersecurity insurance policy.
Ransomware, sometimes called cyber extortion, is a type of malicious software that infiltrates computer systems and locks them down. Typically the data or system is then held hostage by encryption until payments are made or other demands are met. Once the data or system has been frozen, the hacker directs the victim to pay a sum of money (ransom) to regain access to the device or data. Ransomware is a type of cyber-attack that can infect virtually any type of computer, including desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones. The goal of the hackers is not to destroy or permanently encrypt the data, but to secure fast payment of the ransom.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise and are considered an escalating threat for the foreseeable future. According to the FBI, an average of 4,000 ransomware attacks occurs every day with damages hovering around $1 billion annually. That number is up 300% from 2015. Moreover, according to SecureList, “The number of ransomware attacks on businesses tripled in 2016, jumping from one attack every two minutes in Q1 to one every 40 seconds by Q3.” As a result, the number of people and businesses at risk are increasing every year.
Although the temptation to pay the ransom is great, the FBI warns this carries its own risks. There is no guarantee the data will be restored after the ransom is paid. Additionally, there is some evidence victims who have paid ransoms are often targeted again as hackers share information about successful attacks. Recent studies have shown that business leaders today pay a lot more than people expect to only hope to get their files back. IBM conducted a survey of 600 U.S. business leaders to get their feedback on what they would do if faced this kind of situation. The results concluded that 70% of these leaders have in fact paid a ransom to regain access back to their business files. Of the companies responding to the survey, nearly half of them have paid more than $10,000, and 20% of them paid more than $40,000.
Insurance is a critical element of preparing for ransomware attacks. The forensic and information security experts available through cyber insurance policies are an important resource in examining the extent of damage and attempting to minimize downtime, for example, and some of the costs of paying a ransom and losses from business interruption may well be recoverable.
Losses from these attacks could fall under a few different lines of coverage, depending on how they play out and where policyholders want to file claims. Your agent can make sure that a customer who wants coverage for cyber extortion gets that coverage through a business or cyber policy.
Have you ever rented a U-Haul? Who hasn’t? What about one of those handy trucks you can get from the big-box hardware store to lug your purchases home, the ones you can’t fit in your sedan? Many of us have.
And if you’ve ever waived the insurance offered by any of these rental companies, assuming your personal auto insurance would cover it, you’d be mistaken. Continue Reading →
One thing that America has always been, no matter the state of the economy, a land of opportunity. And now is a great time for entrepreneurs to get out and finally live their dream of being a business owner! And although California is a great place to live, yet again Chief Executive magazine has ranked the state dead last in their list of states with good business climates. That is why we, at BMR Insurance, make it our mission to help out business owners by giving them great deals on their commercial auto insurance. Continue Reading →
California is not known as the friendliest place for small business owners—in fact, it’s ranked as third from the bottom. One of the big costs for small business owners, especially those in the trades (construction, roofing, flooring, landscaping, HVAC, etc.), is workers compensation insurance.
Yes, it’s a nuisance. But we’ve written many blogs about how important having workers comp insurance is—it’s essential. Without it, your whole business could be ruined in a shot.
Yet there seems to be an “underground economy” in California, where business owners are either under reporting payroll or paying people under the table to avoid high workers comp insurance premiums or payroll taxes. Continue Reading →
Remember Toyota a few years back? All of those brake problems and people getting injured for faulty manufacturing? What about that Tylenol recall? Even with the liability issues and damage to their image and brand aside, how much do you think that product recall cost these companies? You’re right—it wasn’t cheap.
But even if you aren’t manufacturing cars, a product recall can be devastating for any company, especially in this economy. And in Orange County, we still have many areas where manufacturing is predominant: Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Anaheim, Lake Forest, even Huntington Beach and Irvine. Continue Reading →