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ACT News

for July 2020

Tech Trends + Resources for the Independent Agent

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Welcome to ACT News!

July already.  Wait - Is it really?!?

It's just so hard to tell lately.  (insert eyeroll emoji here)

In follow-up to our April 22 Virtual ACT Meeting, this edition is featuring an in-depth look at a 'Cybersecurity from Home' session, as presented by Dustin Mooney of Rigid Bits.  Our other articles also feature ACT partners, who provide insights to critical workflow needs – especially during this time.

And don't forget the ACT palette of resources which can help improve the digital experience customers expect. 

And – As with our April ACT Meeting, we are going virtual one more time for September, combining our sessions with other Big 'I' programs.  

Registration and details can be found here.  

April 22 ACT Meeting: Rigid Bits; ‘Cybersecurity, Home Edition’
Author: Christopher Cook, Editor/Writer - Rough Notes Magazine
This Rough Notes article provides a great overview of the session presented by Dustin Mooney of Rigid Bits at our April 22 ACT Meeting on ‘Cybersecurity From Home’.  The article details Mooney’s session at the ACT meeting and his insight on making working from home (WFH) as secure as possible.  This covers best practices at home versus office, increased attack surfaces, security connectivity equipment, and many other areas.  Learn More
The Power of System Integration: Pursuing a Digital Ecosystem in Your Agency
Successful businesses know that quickly gathering, processing and transmitting information is essential in a world with near-instant communication. Digital system integration is what makes rapid information-sharing possible.  This article from the Big ‘I’s IA Magazine features ACT member Bryce Lee of SIS (Strategic Insurance Systems) going in-depth on how using the right tools to set up a digital ecosystem is easy and effective – especially in this pandemic time period and beyond. Learn More
Key Industry Update: SignOn Once
The number one technology pain point for independent agents is credential management.  This timely update provides insights on SignOn Once, the password-management solution provided by ID Federation, and the progress being made by all stakeholders in our industry NOW. Learn More
Unforeseen Impacts and Opportunities of the Era of Mega-brokerages
The advent of mega-brokerages creates possibilities to reshape client-broker-carrier interactions and  preserve—and even extend—the influence of the independent channel time.  But along with any perceived and real threats, there can be a number of opportunities in workflow and customer experience improvements.  In this article, the author Lisa Smith dissects both the challenges and opportunities - along with what is needed from an industry improvement standpoint.  Learn More
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Mark Your Calendar

Dates TBA
ACT Meeting
Virtual Conference
In conjunction with Big I Programs - Education Convocation and Young Agents Leadership Institute

Sep 21-23, 2020
InsureTech Connect 2020
Virtual Conference

Oct 14, 2020
AUGIE Meeting
Virtual Conference

Dec 7-9, 2020
DIGIN Digital Insurance Conference
Location TBD
Austin, TX

May 19-22, 2021
NetVU Accelerate 2021
The Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO


Sep 9-13, 2020
Big ‘I’ Fall Leadership Conference
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, MO

Sep 21-24 & Oct 5-8, 2020
Applied Net 2020
Virtual Conference

Oct 29, 2020
ACORD Connect 2020
Virtual Conference

May 19-22, 2021
ACT Meeting
In conjunction with the NetVU Accelerate National Conference
The Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO


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Agency Risk Management Essentials – The Dangers of Technology
Free Webinar Offer from Big I Professional Liability and Swiss Re

The dangers we face with today’s technology are real and the effects of a security breach are more costly than ever. Join us as we delve into the world of cybercrime including phishing, business email compromise (BEC), ransomware, and compromised credentials. During this discussion, you’ll hear from experts in the field of cybersecurity including two former FBI agents and executives from Swiss Re and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (the Big ‘I’), and learn ways to protect yourself and your business from the dangers of today’s technology. Click here to register for this on-demand event. 

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