Searles Valley Earthquake Sequence: Mw 6.4 and Mw 7.1 Events: A pair of significant earthquakes struck the Searles Valley, California area (Kern County) on July 4 and 5, 2019, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). On July 4, an estimated Mw 6.4 earthquake occurred approximately 11 miles (18km) ENE from Ridgecrest (population approximately 28,000) around 10:33 AM local time.
Social Engineering: The Non-technical Strategy to a Successful Cyber Attack: Cyber threat actors and their techniques have evolved, but most attacks still contain elements of social engineering. Without complex tools, software or extensive knowledge about the security platform, social engineering is an effective, non-technical strategy used by cyber criminals. It relies primarily on human interaction to gain trust and manipulates people into breaking standard security practices.
Potential Hurricane Threat – U.S. Northern Gulf: There is an escalating threat for hurricane landfall on the U.S. Northern Gulf Coast over the coming days, from a disturbance now located offshore of the Florida Panhandle. There remains considerable uncertainty in forecast specifics, but landfall on the Louisiana or perhaps the Texas coast appears most probable given current model guidance. The threat of landfall with hurricane intensity is most likely per the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), with a wide range of intensity scenarios and reduced forecast confidence.
Boardrooms Are Stuck in the 20th Century; Here’s How We Change That: Is it possible to govern an organization fit for the third decade of the twenty-first century using a board model from the early twentieth century? The pressures on boards and governance models to change are increasing, and directors are faced with two key challenges. First, boards must adapt governance to the needs and demands of an agile institution. Organizations of all sizes must increase their speed, adaptability and innovation to thrive in today’s dynamic global environment. This extends to board oversight and governance.
Changes in the Reliance on TRIPRA: In the United States, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA) is scheduled to expire at the end of 2020. Renewal under its current structure and coverages remains uncertain. As a result, carriers are beginning to explore and, in some cases, to secure, additional reinsurance limits and coverages under the assumption that there is a finite amount of capacity available in the private market, especially for nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological events.
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One-Year Anniversary of the GDPR: A Look Back and Ahead: When the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May 2018, it signaled the start of more aggressive privacy oversight and enforcement in an era of rapidly advancing technology. The diversity and scope of enforcement actions, and the intersection of data privacy regulation with technology, are likely to pose increasing challenges for regulators and for businesses.