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A Little Privacy Please…

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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A Little Privacy, Please…
How to guard and protect yourself and your company from cyber crimes

As a first world society, I’m afraid we are becoming numb to calamity around us. Once upon a time, a global cyber security breach would have been the main news story for several weeks. The major attack that happened last week that impacted countless businesses around the world is now largely forgotten as we did into the FBI, the White House, and Russia.

We live in a growing less secretive world. The ability for a criminal with some technology skills to “break into” a small or medium-sized company and steal information is alarmingly easy. We all lock our doors at night to keep the bad guys out. The problem is that the bad guys don’t need to pick your lock; they just need to figure out your password and then they can steal information, money, and profits.

I will be brief today, but that doesn’t lessen the severity of this threat to your company and employees (including you and your family). Here are three steps you should take right now to help prevent and mitigate this risk:

  1. Create (or review and revise) a written cyber security plan for your company. I don’t care if you are a company of five or 500, you use the Internet and you need to protect yourself. Just like unprotected sex leads to bad consequences, unprotected systems could result in more serous viruses (see link to article below).
  2. Form a team. Being a lone wolf doesn’t work because you can’t possibly know everything. You need an IT expert, a risk specialist, and key employees in your company to build a strong fortification. It also supports accountability and implementation.
  3. Read this article in the Harvard Business Review written by Luke Bencie. A colleague of mine shared it on Facebook yesterday and it’s excellent. You and your employees are probably violating a lot of his suggestions. I know I am and that will start changing. Are you ready to change to match the new risk to your business?

Bottom line: This isn’t 1977 any longer. Your most valuable assets and information are no longer stored in a safe in your locked business. They live in a cloud that can be accessed by people with skills and bad intent. It’s time to re-awaken to what your most concerning risks are and do what you can to ferociously guard them.

I’m an expert in resilience, risk management, and crisis planning. I have a proprietary scorecard to assess where you are today when it comes to protecting your most important assets and your bottom line.

If these are important to you, then call and let’s talk. Call me at 360-271-1592 to schedule a meeting.

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WHAT’S NEW…my Private Brokerage Client program.

I’ve expanded my consulting practice to include the ability to place insurance coverage for clients. Through my affiliation and partnership with First Underwriters, I now can not only help you control your risk exposures, but finance them in a way that ferociously protects your profits.

My business model is different for two reasons. First, clients gain access to certain intellectual property and resources that before were only available to consulting clients. These resources will help clients save time, money, and frustration on their entire risk portfolio. Second, the program has a capacity limit. In order to offer this full-service, concierge style approach, I will limit the number of Private Brokerage Clients I will take on. Just since starting about 45 days ago, I’ve added five new clients.

If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you ferociously protect your profits and lifestyle, call me to see how this program might look for you.

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New Rave Review and Why It’s Important to You

January 7, 2015 Leave a comment

umbrella_risk2014 ended with a cyber bang…of sorts. Major businesses like Target and Home Depot were hit by cyber attacks. Then in December, Sony was hacked due to outrage from North Korea over an upcoming movie, The Interview. If you think that cyber crime is unique to Fortune 500 companies, you’re wrong. In fact, over 60% of cyber crime is perpetrated on employers of less than 100 people. It’s the low-hanging fruit theory. If you’re a small business, you need a plan.

I’ve worked with countless small businesses to help them protect their assets and their lifestyle. I understand you have an insurance broker or agent, and you should have a good one. I help with that, too. The bottom line is you need someone that isn’t interested in keeping their commission. I help my clients make tough and smart decisions on their insurance, risk management, AND cyber protection. If you’re not prepared, you may just be that next ripe piece of low-hanging fruit.

Don’t believe me just because I said it. Read what my clients say…

“Dan helped us realize just what insurance — and what an insurance agent and company — could do for our small business. I mean, everyone knows that insurance is important, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that we really only think about it when going through the renewal process or submitting a claim. Working with Dan in advance of our renewal was an educational (and fun) experience: Dan’s a great guy and he really took the time to get to know us and our company. He shared with his us general expertise about insurance as well as many astute insights and observations on our existing insurance policies, including his recommendations for areas of potential change or improvement. Dan made the renewal process a breeze and we appreciated his guidance in selecting the agent that was the right “culture fit” for our company. Months later, all continues to be great: we’re more confident than ever in our insurance and in our relationship with our agent. Thanks, Dan!”
– Darcy Gray, CEO, TOM BIHN 

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