Archive for 'Risk Map'

11 Reasons Your Laptop Will be Hacked and How to Immediately Prevent it.

John Downey is the Vice President of Software Development at ClearRisk Inc. The ClearRisk team is excited to share John’s technical expertise to help you manage technology risk at your organization. 

It seems like every day now that we hear about another company’s network or laptop being hacked, or a business accidentally revealing confidential files. From Stanford Hospital exposing 20 000 patient records to the hacker attack on Sony that compromised 71 million accounts, even the largest and most seemingly secure organizations are susceptible to data insecurity.

Collaborating with the IT security experts here at ClearRisk, I’ve created a list of 11 easily preventable mistakes almost everyone unknowingly makes. I’ve also provided information security tips that are necessary to help prevent data insecurity as a result of these common mistakes.

Top 11 Easily Prevented Information Security Threats:

1. Using the same password for multiple account.

Never use the same password for two separate accounts. This is especially important for your email; if a hacker can gain access to your email, it’s likely that they can also get into other important accounts from your email, such as your online bank account. Think about this: if you sign up for a service, providing your email and creating the same password you use for your email, this is the only information the wrong person needs to gain access to everything else. 

Preventing Data BreachesAt the very least, you can create different groups of passwords. For example, create one password to be used for your email, one to be used for your banking, and another for all low security accounts. Ideally, you should use a password generator or manager that allows you to create passwords that are impossible to guess.

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The 6 Biggest Risks Concerning Small Businesses


SMB RiskI recently participated in an interview on the risks faced by SMBs with Pam Clark of Business Insurance.   Matthew Brodsky of Risk & Insurance Magazine, Jon L. Gelman an expert on worker’s compensation and I set out to give small business owners some useful advice on their most pressing risk management issues. Go here to view the full interview.

Matthew and Jon provided some excellent answers, so the entire article is well worth reading! For the benefit of our readers, I want to reiterate 6 important points we covered.

Early Risks to Address

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Launch @ GROW Competition: A Call for Votes

ClearRisk was recently nominated for the Launch @ GROW Canada competition for our cloud-based risk management solution, ClearRisk Manager. The Launch @ GROW competition recognizes new Canadian cloud-based products. Only a few companies will make it to the final round to present their product in front of a panel of global technology leaders at the GROW 2011 conference.

This is a great opportunity for everyone at ClearRisk but we need your help to make it to the semi-finals!  The semi-finalists are picked based on the highest number of votes.  We also just released our new ClearRisk Manager video. You can view it on our contest page. Vote for ClearRisk Manager.


ClearRisk Manager Video

ClearRisk Manager Video Entry

I have to applaud Launch @ GROW for making the voting process simple and quick. Registration is not necessary! Visit the ClearRisk Manager Entry page (found here) and click ‘VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY’. Once you press this button, the website will prompt you to sign in with your Facebook account. That is all!

Vote for ClearRisk Manager and help achieve our goal of entering the final round of the Canadian GROW 2011 competition!


Risk Management is a Team Sport

Risk Management TeamworkThis week, ClearRisk is proud to present a guest blog post by Allan R. Morton, Jr. CIC, CRM.

Allan is the managing partner of Morton Insurance & Risk Management.  15 years in the industry is marked by his passion to drop money to their bottom line and increase negotiating leverage with insurers via proactive risk management.  He is a Certified Insurance Counselor as well as Certified Risk Manager.

One of the biggest challenges I have is how to keep a prospective client’s eyes from glazing over when the phrase “Risk Management” is mentioned.  It’s almost like those two words are part of a magical incantation which puts many in upper management into trance-like states.  It confounds me. There is something utterly unglamorous about it I suspect.  It’s not exciting, flashy, or as sexy as landing a big deal.

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ClearRisk 2.0 Launched Today!

Today ClearRisk Inc is proud to announce the  launch of version 2.0 of its ClearRisk Manager application. Version 2.0  is built to improve every user’s experience. The site is faster, it enables easier collaboration and includes functionality that will allow our users who are Insurance Brokers to interact with clients in ways they’ve never been able to before.

ClearRisk Manager: Affordable Risk Management ClearRisk Manager Version 2.0 is designed to be lightning fast. “We’ve increased the speed of the site by almost 4x,” said John Downey, Director of Systems for ClearRisk Inc “we’ve created a seamless experience for brokers; almost unnoticeable page loads and large reports take only a few seconds, unlike minutes or hours for some competitive systems.”

Clients of Insurance brokers are demanding risk management options that go beyond insurance coverage. Some brokerages are struggling with how to effectively provide these services to their clients. That’s why we built ClearRisk Manager. We want Insurance brokers to have an affordable way to provide their clients with risk management plans, risk maps and risk management resources – even if they have little to no risk management training.

Using ClearRisk Manager to help identify, prioritize and manage client risks, brokers can offer affordable risk management support to clients; helping clients get the best terms in the insurance market

We’ve built on this concept in Version 2.0, by adding more client and broker collaboration tools, and increasing the speed of the site even more. ClearRisk Manager 2.0 can be used to store, track and share all relevant risk and insurance information such as insurance policies, claims documents, and insurance certificates. It gives Brokers and their clients the ability track progress they make over time.

In addition, ClearRisk Manager 2.0 introduces functionality that allows Brokers to Co-Brand the secure online portal. It’s important for Brokers to have multiple touch points with clients throughout the year. Every time a client logs on to ClearRisk Manager to work on their Risk Management plan, the host Broker’s logo can be prominently displayed. From the client’s perspective, the Broker is providing them with a software solution comparable to those offered by only large multinational brokers. This, in combination with the collaboration tools above, shows the clients firsthand the value the Broker is bringing to their business.

ClearRisk’s focus has been on increasing broker profitability with mid-market Risk Management Solutions. ClearRisk Manager 2.0 provides brokers with even more functionality to help them become the preferred provider of risk management and insurance products and services.

The following video is a popular resource for insurance brokers who are evaluating the use of risk management as a value added service.

Top 10 ways to use Risk Management to Increase Brokerage Revenue

Come view the new functionality with a 30-day free-trial

or let one of our associates walk you through ClearRisk Manager 2.0 with a 20 min tutorial New and Improved!

I am very pleased to announce the launch of the new! Over the past few months, our ClearRisk team has been working to create a website that is strong in design, content, usability and interactivity.

In creating the new site, our focus has been on :

  • Improving navigation
  • Providing new risk management resources
  • Incorporating more accessible support and 24/7 chat
  • Improving speed and usability for our online risk management solution ClearRisk Manager.

Now that it has been launched, we would really like to hear from you. Visit the sites, browse around and tell us what you think! All feedback is greatly appreciated so please help us make even better.

How do you identify the risks that threaten your organization’s success?

Two companies have in place risk management plans of similar quality and detail. One has worked tirelessly, dedicating an intense amount of time and money, to create a plan that meets the needs of the organization and that addresses the risk-related issues the company has been faced with in the past. They have hired consultants and other outside resources to help re-work the plan time and time again and have been waiting a long time for a plan that is customized to suit the needs of the business.

The other company came to have the same quality plan with the same level of customization with less money invested and less time spent. They cut months from their development time and were able to jump into the implementation of the plan almost immediately.

How did they do it?

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