Posted on 10/5/2015 8:00 AM By Keith Savino
October is National Cyber-Security Awareness Month. Not many people are knowledgeable of this fact, as October is filled with many causes and national observances. But the purpose of designated months is to break through the clutter and serve as a quick reminder.
Although we have made great strides in the last two years to make business owners aware of the issues, some are still at, what I refer to as, the “disregard” stage when the topic of “Cyber-Security” is raised. For many, Cyber-Security is simply a headline on the nightly news, a sound bite, a bit of conversation that passes through. It doesn’t seem real. They consider it something that happens to other companies, other businesses that are not vigilant. Ironically even businesses that are aware, take precautions, know the risks and attempt to secure their information, can often find themselves vulnerable.
I was curious to read stories of small business owners and their thoughts on Cyber-Security and I was n ...
Posted on 9/28/2015 8:00 AM By Rich Savino
Many of you know, in 2014 Warwick Resource Group had entered into a partnership with Libke Insurance Associates of Washington State. Our west coast partners have become “family”, over the last year, as we have been working in conjunction to bring our agencies under one inclusive insurance roof.
We were quite alarmed recently when three of the Libke offices were in danger of being damaged or consumed by wildfire, including the west coast headquarters in Wenatchee. Some of our staff were also in danger of losing their own homes. This is highly unusual as Washington is known for it’s cool, moist weather, even during the summer months. The entire Pacific Northwest is undergoing a record drought with oppressive temperatures and as of the end of summer, the state had experienced over 320 separate wildfires.
According to the NOAA, January – August, 2015 was one of the worst periods in the history of the United States for Wildfires. Over 43,819 fires, burned 8,202,557 acres (most on ...