<![CDATA[Blog]]> https://www.risk-strategies.com/ en info@risk-strategies.com Copyright 2020 2020-10-21T21:30:30-04:00 <![CDATA[Drone Delivery: Fad or Future?]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/drone-delivery-fad-or-future#When:19:58:24Z Drones transporting organs and medical prescriptions. Robots delivering groceries and take-out to college students on campus. Self-driving vans ferrying automotive parts. And the list goes on.

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused the need for fast and contact-free delivery of goods. But even after the crises passes, the continued success of e-commerce will depend on further automation. To this end, many major retail and logistics companies are accelerating their efforts to reinvent last-mile delivery. By using drones and other autonomous vehicle (AV) systems such as cars and robots, these companies may drive new efficiencies into the burgeoning world of online retail…]]> 2020-10-14T19:58:24+00:00 <![CDATA[Don’t Take the Bait: How to Protect Against Phishing Scams]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/dont-take-the-bait-how-to-protect-against-phishing-scams#When:15:36:29Z When it comes to cyberattacks, companies of all sizes are only as strong as their weakest link. All it takes is one employee to mistakenly click on a link, and instantly a hacker can gain access to the firm’s network and all they hold dear.

Social engineering is one of the most common, and basic, hacker tactics. If an employee doesn’t recognize the hallmarks of a social engineering scam, they can easily expose themselves and their company to a great deal of risk as well as a costly response and remediation process. Ensuring they have this required insight and understanding…]]> 2020-10-08T15:36:29+00:00 <![CDATA[Hurricane Alert - Time to Prepare]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/hurricane-alert-time-to-prepare#When:00:42:07Z The 2020 Hurricane Season is extremely active. If you’re in the path and haven’t already taken prep steps, it’s time to get busy. Here are a few ideas and resources to guide your efforts for this and any subsequent storm:

  • Track the forecasts – You’ll need the latest information to know when to act. Improved forecasting technology makes following storm movements and anticipated track easy. The National Weather Service and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center should be your primary resources.

  • Prepare for wind AND water – Wind speeds get the…]]> 2020-10-08T00:42:07+00:00 <![CDATA[Lessons Learned for the Delivery Industry from AB5]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/lessons-learned-for-the-delivery-industry-from-ab5#When:00:36:41Z On January 1, 2020, a contentious California proposal, Assembly Bill 5, became law. Commonly known as AB5, it requires many companies that use independent contractors to reclassify them as employees. Once reclassified, these employees are entitled to the benefits afforded to employees under California state law: minimum wage, expense reimbursements, health coverage, and rest breaks, among others. For employers, this transition means one thing: higher costs. While AB5 seemed targeted at so-called gig economy stars – particularly the ridesharing platforms Uber and Lyft – the fallout has bubbled into other sectors, like the delivery industry, and has implications beyond the…]]> 2020-10-08T00:36:41+00:00 <![CDATA[The Growing Ransomware Threat: How to Identify & Remediate Common Vulnerabilities]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/the-growing-ransomware-threat-how-to-identify-remediate-common-vulnerabilities#When:00:49:04Z With Robert Rosenzweig, Mike Convertino (Arceo.AI), Bill Hardin (Charles River Associates), and Steve Krusko (Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions)

    In our latest Cyber webinar, our National Practice Leader Robert Rosenzweig partnered with experts from Arceo.ai, Charles River Associates and Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions to delve into some of the most pressing ransomware threats businesses are facing and how to defend against them. Too many organizations are leaving themselves open to attacks when they can be taking steps to prevent them, and the cost of complacency can be staggering!

    What You Missed

    Current Ransomware Trends

    “Cybercrime” encompasses a wide…]]> 2020-10-07T00:49:04+00:00 <![CDATA[Wildfires: What to Know About Preparation and Evacuation]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/wildfires-what-to-know-about-preparation-and-evacuation#When:00:48:45Z This year’s wildfire season has been one for the books. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 41,051 wildfires occurred between January and September, compared with 35,386 wildfires in the same period in 2019. And 4.7 million acres have been burned this year, compared to 4.2 million in 2019. And wildfire season isn’t over yet, as firefighters work to combat the fires that have extended past California and into the Pacific Northwest.

    While homes and businesses located in fire zones are generally aware of fire safety, many aren’t nearly as prepared as they should be. With this year’s wildfires…]]> 2020-10-03T00:48:45+00:00 <![CDATA[Risk Strategies Annual Report ]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/risk-strategies-annual-report#When:00:48:14Z I am excited to share the 2019 Risk Strategies Annual Report. It includes a summary of 2019, as well as a look back at our foundation, evolution, and history as a company. 

    Risk Strategies continues to stay on course as a leading independent insurance advisory firm. Thanks to all the members of the Risk Strategies family that made 2019 a successful year. 

    To read the full report click here

    ]]> 2020-10-01T00:48:14+00:00 <![CDATA[What’s at Risk During Acid Rain Incidents]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/whats-at-risk-during-acid-rain-incidents#When:00:46:56Z Remember acid rain? It’s still out there – potentially. Imagine a paper mill smokestack starts emitting sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide into the air. The acidified rain falls down on the surrounding properties or, worst case scenario, on people. Acid rain may seem like a nightmare from the past, but it is an ongoing concern for many property owners living near power plants or smokestacks.

    Modern power plants are equipped with scrubbers that remove sulfur compounds from their flue gases, which has helped reduce the problem of acid rain. But if the scrubbers aren’t working properly, fossil fuels that contain…]]> 2020-09-29T00:46:56+00:00 <![CDATA[COVID-19 Opens New Road Forward for Retailers ]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/covid-19-opens-new-road-forward-for-retailers#When:17:22:41Z As non-essential businesses closed and people avoided public places, the COVID-19 pandemic radically changed what, when, and how people buy goods. Quickly gone were the days of walking through Target and impulse buying. Shopping online for essentials has become the new normal and suddenly, even Amazon’s two-day Prime shipping no longer meets the expectations of consumers who want their items immediately. It’s a big challenge for retailers, and a big opportunity for last-mile delivery.

    For brands and merchants, aligning their business models with this shift and seeing it as more than a pandemic blip will be vital to positioning themselves…]]> 2020-09-22T17:22:41+00:00 <![CDATA[Adapting Resilient Design to a Pandemic]]> https://risk-strategies.com/knowledge-center/article/adapting-resilient-design-to-a-pandemic#When:17:17:01Z The Resilient Design Institute says that resilient design is to be prepared for the unpredictable with the “intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in order to respond to natural and manmade disasters and disturbances.” In the wake of COVID-19, architects and designers are working on a novel offshoot of this field: how to design resiliently for this current and future pandemics. We’re already seeing promising new designs and technology.

    The world of architecture and design is, however, one populated by understandably meticulous planners who know that it only takes one tiny miscalculation or oversight to derail a…]]> 2020-09-15T17:17:01+00:00