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MANAGING ABSENCES

Benefits Products & Services Sun Life Summit tackles the tough issue of health-related absences When an employee is absent from work due to health reasons, it can bring out the worst or the best in other employees. “She’s sick again?” someone mutters in a tone that is both irritated and skeptical. “I guess I’ll be doing her work and mine again today.” Others rally behind an employee who faces a

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    A CHANCE TURNS INTO A CHOICE

A CHANCE TURNS INTO A CHOICE

New Yorker is The National Alliance National Outstanding CSR of the Year How many times have you heard someone in our industry say: “I had no intention or desire to enter the insurance business, but 15 years later, here I am”? That may be true of you—and it’s definitely true for Kelly McGowan, CISR Elite, the 2016 winner of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research Outstanding CSR of

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    HONORING THE PAST, LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

HONORING THE PAST, LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Carolinas agency continually finds new ways to deliver value to clients In the late 1980s three friendly competitors—Arnold Edwards, Bart Church, and Jim Muse—started meeting in the shade of an oak tree to share ideas about how to be successful in the agency business. Each of the three had an extensive background in sales, finance, and underwriting, and it wasn’t long before these casual get-togethers started to take on the

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    FOCUS ON SPECIALTY LINES— A LOOK TO 2017

FOCUS ON SPECIALTY LINES— A LOOK TO 2017

Opportunities and recommendations for next year’s specialty lines market On October 21, 2016, the attacks began. An online offensive against domain name server (DNS) provider Dyn, Inc. caused outages to some of the Internet’s top sites, including Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, and Spotify. Apparently capitalizing on vulnerable devices, such as Internet-capable refrigerators, smart thermostats, and other devices that lack the standard firewalls, the attackers brought down scores of high-profile websites. The

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    HACKERS ARE FINDING WAYS TO EXPLOIT THE IoT

HACKERS ARE FINDING WAYS TO EXPLOIT THE IoT

Recent DDoS attacks alarm consumers to secure connected devices On October 21, a series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on domain name system provider Dyn temporarily blocked consumer traffic to nearly 70 major Internet companies, including Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, and Reddit.  A DDoS attack uses a multitude of hacked systems to attack a single target with a flood of requests; these requests are designed to overload the system

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