Cyber risk and, particularly, the risk from ransomware appears on everyone’s top risks list these days, including ours. The threat from a ransomware attack has rapidly increased over the past nine months, as many organizations continue to “work from home” which can come with more relaxed cybersecurity practices. As we go further into 2021, cybercriminals will continue to become more sophisticated, forcing these organizations to waste resources reacting to a ransomware attack.
Despite being full of positive, useful and educational information, the internet is chock-full of potential dangers, and your children can unintentionally get into quite a few uncomfortable and, sometimes, dangerous situations. These risks are even more prevalent now, as many parents are working from home and children are attending classes remotely. As highlighted in our past blogs on this topic, if you have a standard Homeowners policy, you will likely have little protection from the legal liabilities that can result from inappropriate actions via the internet. So, what can you do?
In the last 10 months so many employers have adapted to a remote workforce. Here at The ALS Group we are no different. We have highlighted a few ways we have remained connected as a team through this pandemic, and how we have driven productivity with the help of our employees!
2020 has certainly been an eventful year for The ALS Group! As we close the year, we look back and take stock in the Firm's accomplishments, we wanted to share some of them with our clients and friends of the firm.
This year has been filled with a multitude of both challenges and victories. Every year is different but in 2020 we have had to deal with more change than normal. The business world is evolving quickly, and risk management has been changing along with it. In 2021, a resilient and resourceful approach to risk management will be front and center as businesses navigate the “work from home” landscape, deal with the effects of the pandemic, and change the insurance market for years to come.
The ALS Team partnered with Bridges of Hope, Staten Island to collect and donate gifts for families who are coping with a particularly difficult holiday season.
Bridges of Hope was started by Grace Murphy in 1998 as a parish social-action outreach effort to create a “bridge” between the community and families in public housing.
The holiday season is once again upon us, and while we would normally be planning a company-wide bash, this year such a thing is pretty much out of the question. This does not mean you have to skip the celebrations altogether, as celebrating and acknowledging the hard work your team put in, especially during this very challenging year is more important than ever. So, while traditional holiday parties may be off the table, here are some holiday party ideas to help your team celebrate while remaining COVID-safe:
As most of this year’s holidays, Thanksgiving is completely different for, pretty much, all of us. This year has certainly tested us all. As risk managers, we usually address risks and suggest mitigation strategies in most of our blogs. This year, however, we decided to look at the positives and think about what we are thankful for during this, strange Thanksgiving holiday.
As most of the workforce continues to work remotely, the “data breach” exposures of yesteryear are still around. I doubt that any of your employees have been issued one of these as part of their “remote work setup”, but as people are settling in to a “new normal” in working from home, printing and reading documents is still prevalent. Only now, the security of that “paper” is often overlooked and can be simply discarded into the kitchen trash which is moved to the curb on garbage pickup days.
With winter just around the corner and many areas already seeing flurries, this would be a good opportunity to remind everyone of the risks surrounding claims from accidents due to snow and ice. As many companies are considering their snow removal contracts and vendor arrangements, there are a few key points in our latest article that might be helpful.