Kick Starting the School Year with Intact Specialty Career Fairs

Schools are back in session, and Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions will soon begin attending career fairs – both in-person and virtually. It’s only the beginning of the academic year, but it’s never too early to begin recruiting our 2022 summer interns!

You will find members from our teams at the following college career fairs. Be sure to stop by our booth!

CollegeCareer Fair DateTime
Illinois State University; (Virtual)
Finance, Financial Planning, and RMI
Monday, September 20th4:00 PM – 7:00 PM CT
University of Massachusetts, Amherst; (Virtual) ActuarialTuesday, September 21st5:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Thurgood Marshall School of LawTuesday, September 28th8:00 AM – 4:35 PM CT
Xavier University (Virtual)Wednesday, September 29th 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CT
University of WisconsinWednesday, September 29th12:00 – 4:00 PM CT
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Actuarial Club  Thursday-Friday, October 7-8th12:00 – 4:00 PM CT
Lincoln UniversityThursday, October 14th11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
National African American Insurance AssociationThursday, October 21st2:00 PM ET

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Today marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month! First celebrated in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a full month by Congress in 1988. Yes, it’s unusual to begin such observances mid-month, but September 15 is also independence day for several Latin American countries, so offers a double occasion to celebrate!

Some facts:

A culturally diverse group, the Hispanic community includes people with ties to Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain.

The Hispanic community represents nearly 20% of the overall U.S. population and contributed to more than half of the U.S. population growth over the past decade.

Hispanic Americans account for 39% of California’s population, making this community the largest ethnic group within that state, followed by nearly the same percentage in Texas and 26% in Florida.

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the U.S.

Resources to learn more:

Library of Congress: Online exhibits and insights provided through the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

PBS: A special collection of stories that explore the history, traditions, and culture of Hispanic and Latin Americans.

Family fun: various ideas published on the “We are Teachers” website (online collaboration site for educators).

Notable Hispanic Americans: From celebrities to politicians, this list highlights 15 individuals whose contributions to our culture have been particularly noteworthy.

Hispanics and the insurance industry: Read the recent report regarding the journey of Hispanic insurance professionals published by Marsh and the Latin American Association of Insurance Agents (LAAIA).

Intact Specialty sponsors the 2021 Dive In Festival

Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions is proud to join our industry colleagues in support of next week’s Dive In Festival for diversity and inclusion.

Dive In is a global movement launched in 2015 to support the development of inclusive workplaces in the insurance sector.

This year’s event will take place from September 21-23 with both virtual and in-person events around the world. The theme “Active Allyship” will call on attendees to turn intention into action, and to take responsibility for making changes.

The festival will feature events on a range of topics including social mobility, neurodiversity, privilege, culture, mental health, remote working and AI’s influence on diversity and inclusion. One of the sessions that Intact is supporting is titled “Walking the Tightrope” and will offer insights on gender expectations by Kim Meninger, a certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach.

Intact is proud to support Dive In and is committed to building a diverse workforce and inclusive industry. For more details and resources, and to register for the event, visit the Dive In Festival website.

Intact Specialty enjoys golf outing with key partner

Members of Intact Specialty recently organized a fun golf outing in recognition of a key business partner – Newfront, formerly known as ABD Insurance & Financial Services.

The event, that took place at a Top Golf facility in Sacramento CA, was planned by Intact’s Aaron Belair, Vice President of Technology Northwest and Martin Ogden, Vice President, West Business Development Manager.

They invited members from ABD’s Life Science team including National Practice Leader Cristina Varner, Account Executive/Team Leader Dana George, Account Coordinators Patrick Chan and Mike Ohehir, and Account Assistance Raveena Johl and Galina Smalley.

The teams enjoyed the opportunity to get together over a fun round of golf!

The Dangers of Data Scraping

What is data scraping?

Data scraping is the process of extracting data from a website using automated tools and importing the information to another program/computer. This technique is used to collect vast amount of publicly available information and reuse it elsewhere.

Journalists and researchers routinely use this method to collect data to assist in investigations and studies. Marketing companies also use it to assess consumers’ perspectives and behaviors. However, spammers can use this method to catalog data and create enormous datasets to sell to cybercriminals who use it for malicious activities.

Over the years, many social media platforms have faced data scraping. Cybercriminals can potentially use this information for:

  • Sending spam: unwanted, unsolicited digital communications sent out in bulk via email, text messages, phone calls, or social media
  • Malicious social engineering in the form of highly targeted phishing. The message looks authentic since factual details were extracted from the scraping. Some common types of phishing attacks are Spear Phishing, Whaling, Business Email Compromise, Smishing and Vishing
  • Employment scams
  • Identity Theft
  • Create “synthetic identities” for fraudulent credit and financial applications
  • Location data
  • Brute forcing passwords
  • SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) Swaps

If you have a personal LinkedIn account, your public-facing data has likely been scraped. Although data scraping is prohibited by LinkedIn, the company issued a statement in June this year confirming that its data had been scraped. They assert a breach did not occur and no private data was exposed, but members were put at risk. The BBC reported that the hacker announced the sale of a database of 700 million LinkedIn members which the hacker compiled “for fun,” and is selling to “multiple happy customers” for approximately $5,000.

Incidentally, in 2019 LinkedIn lost a data scraping court case against HiQ Labs Inc., a data analytics company, for using the scraped data to analyze employee skills or alert employers about employees possibly seeking new jobs. LinkedIn contended that data scraping threatens the privacy of its members. In July 2021, the US Supreme Court vacated the finding and remanded the case to a lower court for appeal. 

Security Best Practices

So, what can you do to avoid being a victim of data scarping? Here are some tips:

  • When creating a profile on social media, provide minimum information about your personal and professional life.
  • Always use a different password for each account.
  • Use a password manager.
  • Confirm privacy settings on your personal devices and online services. Visit the “Manage Your Privacy Settings” page by the National Cyber Security Alliance to review privacy settings of popular devices and online services.   
  • Prevent mobile devices from accessing GPS information.
  • Be suspicious of all unsolicited emails and text messages at home and work.
  • Focus on the source of all emails.
  • Never click on links on your personal or work emails or text messages. Instead open a browser and type the website address.