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RC Quick Takes – 4 Challenges to Pandemic Recovery in 2022 standard

As the world closes the chapter on the second year of the pandemic, the risks created by the novel coronavirus continue to impact humanity.  Our 2022 predictions include four key challenges. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights As of early December, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that over 5.2 million deaths were attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in 2020.  Approximately 45% of this death toll can be attributed to The Americas Region, comprising North, Central, and South America.  The United States holds the dubious distinction of leading all countries globally with over 783,000 deaths, while Brazil is in second place with ...

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BBC World Service: Business Matters, Belarus Threatens to Cut Off Gas to the EU standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers pressing global issues. Listen Here President Lukashenko of Belarus has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed over an escalating migrant crisis at the country's border. Thousands of people are at the border with Poland, enduring freezing conditions in the hope of crossing into the European Union. We get analysis from James Waddell, senior global gas analyst at Energy Aspects. Indonesia’s council of religious leaders has forbidden the use of crypto assets as a currency for Muslims. The country's National Ulema Council has declared cryptocurrency as haram, or banned, as it has elements of uncertainty, wagering and harm. Umer Suleman an ...

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CSEG Tech Deep Dive #7 | Autonomous Vehicles standard

Risk Cooperative Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams, recently joined Sudhi Uppuluri from Computational Sciences Experts Group (CSEG) for a nuanced conversation about the risks involved with autonomous vehicles, including cybersecurity, big data, and privacy. CSEG is an automotive software and engineering consulting company. Co-founder Sudhi Uppuluri conceived of his Tech DeepDive interview series as a way to make deep technical details of emerging technologies accessible to the layperson. Risk Cooperative’s Les Williams’ background in mechanical engineering and risk management provides an intersection for nuanced conversations about the rapidly changing world of mobility. Are autonomous vehicles more safe or less safe than human drivers? Many people equate risk with negative outcomes, however one can liken it to calling a play in football. ...

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RC Quick Takes – Might Cyber Risk Expose Gaps in Malpractice Insurance? standard

When cyber attacks on hospitals threaten effective medical care, which party is responsible for patients’ outcomes? Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights As the number of cyber breaches continues to skyrocket, impacting companies of all sizes and across industries, hospitals – providing mission-critical medical care and with access to protected health information (PHI) – have proven to be a prized target. In 2019 an unthinkable incident occurred that still sends shockwaves through the medical community.  Springhill Medical Center, located in Alabama, suffered a ransomware attack that rendered critical medical equipment useless. As a direct result of networks and monitoring equipment being offline, a baby born in ...

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Global cooperation became more problematic during the pandemic with the rise of vaccine nationalism and other forms of protectionism. We must shift toward paradigm of cooperation post-pandemic to meet transnational challenges. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights As 2021 enters its waning months, a somewhat return to normalcy seems to be within reach. For the past one and a half years international borders have shuttered and reopened, travelers struggled with diverse quarantine policies, and the international transfer of goods was delayed due to pandemic-influenced supply chain disruptions. Numerous landmark events have left an indelible mark on the world; military conflicts, 911, the 2008 global economic crises, but ...

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Stricter Federal COVID-19 Mandates Coming This Fall, 6 Ways to Prepare for the Rocky Road Ahead standard

Government contractors must meet more stringent vaccine requirements to remain competitive. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been a hot topic since this summer, when President Biden announced new vaccine guidelines for the federal workforce in late July. While these guidelines did not mandate vaccines, they did implement strict masking and testing requirements for those federal employees and onsite contractors opting not to get the jab. What a difference a month and a half makes; on Thursday, September 9th the Biden Administration announced sweeping changes to COVID vaccine mandates for both federal employees and government contractors in response to the ongoing surge of Delta variant cases. Vaccine Mandates Have a ...

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BBC World Service: Business Matters, US advises citizens against UK travel standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: the CDC's travel advice and the Surfside condo collapse, among other topics. Listen Here In a blow to the UK's tourist and aviation industries, the CDC has advised US citizens against travel to the country. We hear more from travel expert, Simon Calder. In Germany, catastrophic flooding has left at least 160 people dead and more than 170 others missing; later this week, Angela Merkel is expected to roll out an emergency aid package for those affected. We hear from the BBC's Damien McGuinness in the village of Nuerburg. And we examine the causes of last month's collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida with Ana ...

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BBC World Service: Business Matters, Major countries outline vaccine donation plan standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: ransomware, taxes, and vaccines, among other topics. Listen Here The group of seven industrialized nations are to donate one billion coronavirus vaccines to the rest of the world by the end of next year – we look at how realistic that aim is. One big US business says it paid cyber hackers a multi-million dollar ransom. But should companies pay up? Ireland's finance minister tells the BBC’s Rob Young why he'll be arguing to lower the global minimum corporate tax rate that world leaders recently agreed. Plus, we look at the international row over the name of a type of rice with food historian Lindsay Middleton ...

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The Colonial Pipeline Attack Proves We Urgently Need Minimum IoT Cyber Security Thresholds for Our Nation’s Infrastructure standard

A recent ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline left much of the Eastern U.S. in fear of serious fuel shortages. This attack highlights inconsistencies and weakness within the U.S. IoT cyber security capabilities. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights It seems that Texas’ energy infrastructure simply cannot catch a break this year. The February winter storm that crippled the Lone Star State’s power grid was rivaled by the virulent cyber attack that crippled the 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline in early May, which transports fuel from the Gulf Coast to locations throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This attack serves as a national security threat from several perspectives, not only does it expose vulnerabilities in ...

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BBC World Service: Business Matters, England Lockdown Restrictions Ease standard

Chief Revenue Officer, Les Williams featured on BBC's Business Matters. Listen now as he covers: easing on lockdown restriction in London, accusations against Alibaba, and diversity among BAFTA award nominees, among other topics. Listen Here Pubs, restaurants, beauty salons and non-essential shops have reopened with the easing of lockdown restrictions across England. We hear from the heart of London’s shopping district and from a pub garden near Reading. The e-commerce giant Alibaba has been accused of anti-competitive practices and fined more than $2.5 billion by Chinese regulators. We discuss what this will mean for the future of the company. Also in the programme, the BBC’s Ivana Davidovic gives us the lowdown on Telegram, the messaging app - and one of the ...

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