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Government Publishes Guidelines for Cyber Security Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its voluntary industry standards and best practices to prevent cyber attacks.  The publication – “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” consists of three divisions:  core, tiers, and profiles.

The core provides a set of activities that a company can perform to insure cyber security.  The tiers provides context on how companies view cyber security risk and the processes in place to manage risk.  Profiles align functions, tiers, risk tolerance, and resources of a company.

The Framework was created through collaboration between the government and the private sector.  The Framework can be used to complement an organization’s risk management and cyber security program.

To obtain a copy of the publication, click here.

Pre-FIRM Policyholders Should Be Aware of the Importance of on time Flood Insurance Renewal Payments

If you are a Pre-FIRM policyholder who pays your flood insurance renewal outside of your grace period, this will create a lapse in coverage and therefore be subject to: immediate loss of subsidy; incur an expense for obtaining an elevation certificate; be subject to inflated rates pending elevation certificate analysis; reduce coverages that may no longer satisfy your lender; and finally increase rates as a result of the elevation certificate, according to Selective Insurance.

Best advise: pay your flood premiums on time to avoid a lapse.

Guarding Against Ice Dams

Winter storms have brought with them melting and freezing ice and snow which cause ice dams.  To assist you in preventing damage to your home or business, we encourage you to:

  • Clear the first three to four feet of snow closest to the gutters of overhangs of your roof after a storm to  prevent the ice dam.  In addition, accumulated snow, ice, and melt-off may create additional weight and stress on your roof, particularly flat roofs or roofs with changes in elevation that allow driving.
  • Clear your downspouts so melting snow will flow easily.
  • Look carefully at large icicles. If the icicles are confined to the gutters and there is no water trapped behind them, this does not indicate the presence of an ice dam. However, large icicles can pose a danger to people when they fall off. Try to safely knock the icicles off from the ground, making sure not to stand directly beneath them. If you cannot reach them safely from the ground, consider hiring a contractor to help.

OSHA 300A “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” must be posted by February 1, 2014 in order to be in compliance.

The Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” must be posted by February 1 and kept up until April 30, 2014.  This notice must be posted in a conspicuous space.

Before posting company officials must verify that they have completed and attested that the form is complete and accurate.

OSHA can cite an employer who fails to post OSHA Form 300A as required.

Click here to download a copy.

2013 Toys for Tots Campaign Exceeds Expectations!

James A. Connors Associates participated in this year's Toys for Tots Campaign and had its best year ever with 1,097 toys. This is 386 more than last year. The campaign which originally started in 2006 in the Califon office collected 263 toys. Their numbers increase each year due to the generosity of friends, family, employees, and the surrounding communities. All years combined, the agency has collected over 4,600 toys. The main objective of the campaign is to help the less fortunate children that would not have a holiday otherwise.

The Marine’s objective is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

We acknowledge all our employees from our Morristown, Califon, and Edison offices. Happy Holidays!

James A. Connors Participates Again in Toys for Tots!

The employees at James A. Connors Associates are again participating in the  Marine Corp's Toys for Tots.
 
From now until December 15, 2013, we will be collecting unwrapped gifts at our Morristown and Califon offices during regular business hours from 8:45-4:45 Monday to Thursday and
8:45 to 4:00 on Fridays.
 
Please help us help those of our communities.  We want to make sure our children have a wonderful holiday.
 
James A Connors Associates, Inc. | 225 Madison Avenue | Morristown
WC Horton/Fine Agency | 441 Country Route 513 | Califon

People on the Move

Mr. James A. Connors, Jr. president of James A. Connors, Associates, Inc. announced the promotion of Mr. James P. Stanek, CIC to chief operating officer with responsibility for the day-to-day activities of all divisions and branches. Mr. Connors will continue to oversee the company and focus on the financial aspects of the business as well as executive relations with insurance carriers.

Mr. Connors also announced the following promotions:

Ms. Cristin Durkin, former account executive has been promoted to marketing specialist with a focus on large accounts.

Ms. Nancy Hoffman and Ms. Barbara Mitelski, former account executives have been promoted to office co-managers of the Califon, NJ office.

Cyber Security – at the forefront of risks feared by the boardroom

Whether a large or small business, the fear of cyber crime is on the minds of people in the corner offices.  The sands have shifted, and cyber risk is no longer a tactical issue, relegated to the IT department, but rather at the forefront of the minds of C level individuals in companies throughout the world. 

While security measures and the tools available to fight cyber crime have increased, so has the sophistication of the cyber thieves.  Cyber crime syndicates are hiring the best and the brightest talent – and paying them handsomely.  The rewards are great – there is big money to be made selling intellectual property and customer data.

A recent study by a major insurance company found only 38% of companies said their cyber security is aligned with their organizations risk management.  In addition to investments in security and training companies have increasingly found transferring some of the risk through cyber security insurance to be the best option.

Cyber security is not a fad, with more and more of the things we do today being digital, the exposures will continue to escalate.  And, the costs are not just financial, but reputational.  What would the impact be on your business if there was a data breach tomorrow?

Don’t become a statistic.  Let us review your exposure to risk in this important area to ensure you are protected.

James A. Connors Welcomes Denise Schultz

Denise Schultz has joined James A. Connors Associates as an Account Executive. Denise has been in the insurance industry since 1987. She has worked at Liberty Mutual as a personal sales and service specialist, a senior claims adjustor and a personal lines account executive.

Denise works out of our Morristown office and lives in Three Bridges.