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    TOP CYBER THREATS FACING INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCIES

TOP CYBER THREATS FACING INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCIES

TOP CYBER THREATS FACING INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCIES While threats have become more sophisticated, so have the tools for fighting back By Jason Gobbel A guy walks into a bar, orders a bourbon on the rocks, turns to his buddy and says, “Did you hear about the agency CFO who just wired $49,000 to some crook in Croatia?” Sounds like the start of a good joke, but it’s no joke. I

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    CYBER RISK: A CAPTIVE APPROACH

CYBER RISK: A CAPTIVE APPROACH

CYBER RISK: A CAPTIVE APPROACH Smaller businesses—not just large corporate entities—can reap the benefits By Michael J. Moody, MBA, ARM Emerging risks have always been a challenge for the property and casualty insurance industry. Staying out in front of these new and evolving risks has proved problematic in the past. Take cyber risk as a case in point. Among the many difficult challenges are the lack of consistent coverage and

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    TECH EVOLUTION: LESSONS LEARNED

TECH EVOLUTION: LESSONS LEARNED

Technology TECH EVOLUTION: LESSONS LEARNED Wisdom gained over time can help agency professionals ride the next insurtech wave By Elaine Nance When I started as a licensing specialist in 2003, it was still largely a paper-based process. We had the technology to accept clients’ demographic information electronically, but many people were reluctant to share confidential information online—despite rigorous security protocols. We created fillable versions of the different state application forms

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    MOBILE ADOPTION: OVERCOME THE FEAR OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE

MOBILE ADOPTION: OVERCOME THE FEAR OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE

TechKnowFile By Monique VanMeter MOBILE ADOPTION: OVERCOME THE FEAR OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE Become comfortable and gain control and confidence with new technologies As  a corporate trainer at Sunstar Insurance Group in St. Louis, I often encounter people who fear change and worry that new technologies will slow them down. At Sunstar, I’m responsible for ensuring our Applied Epic database is configured to its full potential, and I can show our

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    WICKED SMART PROSPECTING

WICKED SMART PROSPECTING

Technology WICKED SMART PROSPECTING Making every contact count with focused leads By Elisabeth Boone, CPCU New England natives are familiar with the use of the word “wicked” to mean extreme, awesome, or superlative. It’s no surprise, then, that miEdge, based in Bedford, New Hampshire, offers tools to help producers become proficient at “Wicked Smart Insurance Prospecting.” miEdge was established in 2011 as an aggregator of data sources that allow producers

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