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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This annual campaign, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. CIRMA will be sending its members new tools and information throughout the month. Topics for 2017 include:

  - Simple Steps to Online Safety
  - Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business
  - Tomorrow’s Internet

Visit the CIRMA Cyber Risk Resources page for current cyber alerts from MS-ISAC, the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and U.S. Homeland Security, as well as other resources.

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Nationwide Cyber Security Review

An important part of Cyber Security Awareness month is the Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR). The review is a free, anonymous, annual self-assessment survey sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). The self-assessment is based on the National Institute of Standards & Technology's Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) and covers the core components of cybersecurity and privacy programs. By completing the assessment, municipal and public school leaders and IT staff will receive actionable feedback, recommendations, and metrics on the strength and effectiveness of their Cyber Security programs.

CIRMA encourages its members to participate. Participants in previous years have used their individual results to justify cybersecurity investment, changes in policy and procedures, and to measure their year-to-year improvement. The assessment is a valuable and respected tool for communicating cyber security issues to stakeholders. The Department of Homeland Security uses the aggregated results of the review to deliver a bi-yearly anonymous summary report to Congress providing a broad picture of the cybersecurity maturity across U.S. state and local governments.
For more information and to participate, please go to the MS-ISAC website, National Cyber Security Review page.

CIRMA's Employment Practices Liability Helpline

Employment practices law is changing rapidly and is more complex than ever. CIRMA's Liability-Auto-Property (LAP) members have a new resource for expert advice about employment practices liability. CIRMA has partnered with FordHarrison, the nation’s preeminent law firm specializing in employment and labor law, to provide its LAP members convenient access to legal advice on employment practices via the Helpline program.  

“The Employment Practices Liability (EPL) Helpline is designed to provide municipal and public school officials –- especially those who may not otherwise have direct access to Human Resource services or specialized legal advice --with an expert source of guidance on employment practices,” said David Demchak, President and CEO, CIRMA. The EPL Helpline provides access to one hour of legal advice per month for no charge to CIRMA LAP members. The attorneys at FordHarrison will respond to CIRMA LAP members' questions within one business day. Download the flyer.

For the Helpline phone number and additional information, please visit the EPL Helpline page.

CIRMA's E-Learning Center

Visit our E-Learning Center to view our expanded list of courses and view our on-demand Webinar for a comprehensive overview of our CIRMA E-Learning Center, including information on how to track employee training, create certificates, build training reports, and more. Employee training is one of the most important parts of your risk management program. CIRMA's  E-Learning Center extends the reach of our Risk Management Training & Education programs, enabling employees and managers to learn important safety and risk management topics -- when and where their work schedule demands, from any computer or mobile device with internet access. CIRMA's E-Learning program is provided free to all CIRMA members. Register your employees now so that they can take advantage of this important training opportunity. Watch your email inbox for news and information or contact us for more information on registration. Download the brochure.

CIRMA & HSB - Equipment Operations & Efficiency Tools for Schools

CIRMA's reinsurance partner, The Hartford Steam Boiler Company (HSB), is committed to helping CIRMA members save money and reduce losses by providing self-assessment tools and expert preventive maintenance resources for the care of their facilities and equipment.

The potential savings through improved energy efficiency in public school facilities is enormous. Improving energy efficiency can provide schools with an estimated saving of 20%, while also yielding additional benefits, such as:

 - Improved student performance
 - Increased security and safety
 - Improved teacher retention
 - Decreased liability
 - Reduced environmental impacts

CIRMA and HSB's energy savings portal offers simple steps for schools to take to save energy and keep crucial equipment operating smoothly. HSB's Equipment Operation and Efficiency Program offers money saving and energy efficiency recommendations in the following categories: space heating, lighting, water heating, space cooling, ventilation, cooking and refrigeration, and electrical. CIRMA urges members to use conduct these assessments!

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CIRMA & HSB's PREPARE Program

HSB's PREPARE Program: Online Tools and Resources for Pre-Emergency Plan and Recovery  - NEW!

Disasters can strike at any time, bringing sudden loss of electricity and crucial utilities, as well as disruption to the equipment and the municipal and school operations that depend on them. Working with our reinsurance partner The Hartford Steam Boiler Company (HSB), CIRMA is introducing a series of online self-assessment tools and resources for equipment and building systems.
HSB's PREPARE online assessment tool is an information gathering system designed to guide municipal and school leadership and facilities staff in developing a plan of action for swift recovery after an emergency incident. The tool's purpose is to reduce the length of time between an incident and a return to normal operations. The PREPARE Online Assessment covers:

   - General operational readiness
   - Electrical
   - Air conditioning & refrigeration
   - Boilers & pressure vessels
   - Computers & communications
   - Mechanical & production
   - Cyber & data breach

CIRMA encourages its members to use the PREPARE Online Assessment tool to increase your municipality or school's operational readiness. For more information, please visit the PREPARE webpage.
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Workers' Compensation Pool Members: Report Claims Online

System Upgrade:  Because protocols that allow you to create a secure connection with your NetClaim portal have been changed as of june 6, 2017, some older browsers will no longer be able to connect, resulting in loading or connection issues and an error message indicating that the browser cannot display the page or there is a problem accessing the site. Supported browsers are: Internet Explorer: v11 (with continued support of v10).

Please note: Please report ALL non-catastrophic claims online. To register to report claims online, please contact Sean Gaffney.

The ease-of-use and speed of our NetClaim.net reporting system helps assure that our claims teams receives accurate, timely information about the claim to help achieve the best possible outcome. Visit the CIRMA Training page to register for CIRMA's Workers' Compensation Online Reporting Training sessions!