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How Cybercriminals Attack Small Businesses — and 10 Ways to Stop Them

At a recent “Hacker Lab” event, “white hat” hackers revealed how cybercriminals work — and what businesses can do to protect themselves. The multimedia presentation used a simulated small business system to demonstrate how hackers choose their targets, how they …

Florida Study Finds Recreational Fishermen Lost $585M in Gulf Oil Spill

Recreational anglers who normally fish in the Gulf lost up to $585 million from lost fishing opportunities in the year of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and could be entitled to compensation, according to a new University of Florida study. …

The State of Obesity in U.S.

After decades of rising obesity rates among adults, the rate of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain far too high and disparities persist, according to a new report. Adult obesity rates increased in six states and did not …

Millennials Aspire to Be Workplace Leaders; Seek Training: Survey

As the 80 million millennials (ages 18-33) start to play a larger role in the U.S. workplace, they aspire to lead in business in the next five years, according to a new survey. The Hartford’s 2014 Millennial Leadership Survey found …

States Ranked by Risk of Damage from Natural Hazards: CoreLogic

Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, California and Massachusetts are the top 5 states for exposure to multiple natural hazards, according to an analysis by CoreLogic, a property data and analytics firm. Michigan, West Virginia, New York, North Dakota and Vermont have …

More Pilots in Crashes Testing Positive for Prescription, Other Drugs

Four times as many pilots killed in airplane crashes tested positive for drugs over the past two decades, tracking a broader societal trend in the use of antihistamines, painkillers and marijuana. While most of the substances wouldn’t affect the ability …

Commercial Price Increase Slowdown Carried Into Q2 with Few Exceptions

Commercial insurance prices continued to moderate in the 2014 second quarter. This time, they inched up 3 percent in aggregate, versus a 4 percent increase in the first three months of this year, a new Towers Watson survey concluded. Thus …

U.S. Economic Losses Due to Napa Quake, August Floods Top $4 Billion: Aon

As far as natural perils go, August was mostly about earthquakes, along with a few tropical storms and typhoons around the world to add to the trouble, according to Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting in its latest global catastrophe report. Earthquake …

Usage-Based Insurance Overcoming Privacy Concerns, Gaining Traction

Consumers as well as commercial fleet managers are becoming more accepting of usage-based insurance (UBI) in which a telematics device is used to track driving behavior as safety and savings benefits appear to be trumping concerns over privacy. Personal auto …

Though Productive and More Educated, Ohio Workers Earning Less

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren’t necessarily making more money as a result, according to a new report. Ohio productivity grew by nearly 67 percent between 1979 and 2013, while median hourly wages …