ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 27, 2015 —The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT) has released a series of resources to help independent agents protect their agencies from cyber threats, prepare in the event of a disaster and understand risks.
“With security and cyber issues emerging and escalating so rapidly, the ACT Security Issues Work Group continues to develop and provide useful resources such as this security pocket guide,” says Ron Berg, ACT executive director. “ACT has developed user-friendly resources to help agents and brokers protect their agencies against security threats. We look forward to continue working on important technology issues that impact Big ‘I’ members and the consumers they serve.”
The Pocket Guide
• Intended to be a high-level tool in strategic discussions to develop or extend an agency’s security roadmap; the guide can printed as a double-sided, tri-fold brochure or sent/viewed as an electronic file.
• Designed to be printed and shared with agents, the pocket guide includes a shortened reference link, IndependentAgent.com/ACTSecure
, which takes readers to the full summary and all the resource links.
• The resource may also be helpful to insurance carriers, user groups, associations, and technology providers.
The Summary Guide
• The complete guide with links to resources is hosted by ACT and will be updated on the ‘ACTSecure
’ webpage. It can also be printed as a PDF file
• Expanded content covers 15 top security issues and addresses risks, possible solutions and resources.
“ACT continues to help the independent agency system better leverage technology to improve their business and address challenges,” says Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “The group’s latest project on cybersecurity is one of numerous critical issues where they are making a huge positive impact on the industry.”
The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) was established in January 1999 by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) to provide a candid, action-oriented forum to address the critical workflow and technology issues facing the independent agency system. ACT helps participants understand the perspectives of the other stakeholders in the process and provides excellent networking opportunities with the participants who are shaping the future for the industry on these issues. For more information about ACT visit www.iiaba.net/act.
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) was founded in 1896 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.