Risk Management Matters: A Higher Safety Standard
Insurers try their best to avoid manageable losses, often relying on their insureds to take reasonable precautions when a known hazard exists. For instance, many now require multi-factor authentication (MFA) – a defense tactic that, when used with email and networks, reduces the risk of hacking by as much as 85% (according to data released by Microsoft and the White House). Insurers, driven by a desire to better understand threats, encourage their insureds to do the same. Read on to learn more about identifying risk and keeping your company safe.

Cyber Alert: Log4j Security Flaw
Peter Elliott, TIG President & CEO
A cyber alert has recently been issued about Log4j, logging utility software used by millions of web servers. The major security flaw that was discovered leaves systems vulnerable to ransomware – and immediate action is recommended.
Here’s what you should do if you are running Log4j:

  • Task your IT specialists with identifying where vulnerabilities exist.
  • If your systems are running Java, prioritize those with Internet access.
  • Disable Log4j features until you can patch any issues.

Keep in mind that secondary impacts may exist as well. Be sure to change user passwords and update all online services to the most recent versions.
The Apache Software Foundation has released a Log4j upgrade, and strongly recommends its installation. To learn more about this upgrade or to discuss your company’s cyber risks, contact Telcom Insurance Group today!

Personal Protective Equipment: High Visibility Vests
Craig Rapp
A qualified contractor is often the solution to several issues facing a rural telecommunications company. Hiring one can allow for more product to be placed in the air or under the ground, broadening the workforce to get more done. But this can also create some safety issues that it is important to be aware of.

Here we’ll cover one aspect: personal protective equipment (PPE) and reflective vests. Remember, the contractor is working for you, on your location. They should be wearing what your employees are wearing, at the very least. Because many telecom companies are unsure of what standards to implement, we’ll discuss some of the basics below. It is recommended, however, that you schedule a thorough PPE Hazard Assessment.

First, let’s consider the telecom employee/contractor working along a roadway. One potentially life-saving tool in their arsenal is a reflective vest. This simple solution works wonders for increasing visibility – and in turn, reducing risk.

There are two classes of vests to know: ANSI Class 2 (recommended for people working on roads where traffic speed is less than 50mph) and ANSI Class 3 (recommended for those working in highly dangerous environments with traffic speeds over 50mph). Class 1 vests do not provide adequate protection, requiring far fewer inches of reflective tape.
There are even two types of tape to choose from:

1) Micro-prismatic tape: Made of plastic vinyl with many prism shapes sealed inside the tape. The prisms inside the material bounce around the light from different sources and then bounce it straight back.

*Advantages: durability, holographic effect, and availability in a wide range of colors and shapes.

*Disadvantages: costly

2) Glass bead reflective tape: Used on yellow high-visibility vests with grey reflective bands, which are known as glass bead tape. When the glass beads are exposed to light at night, they produce a bright white color.

*Advantages: affordability, easy to add to garments

Because telecommunications workers may be exposed to traffic over 50 mph in both daytime and nighttime conditions, it is best to evaluate your employees’ unique needs before choosing which type of vest is needed.
Class 2
Class 3
To learn more about PPE and keeping your crew safe, get in touch today! We’re here to help.
To learn more, contact Telcom Insurance Group today. Our team is dedicated to keeping yours safe!
Email: pje@telcominsgrp.com
Phone: 301-220-3200

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