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Mike Natalizio

Recent Posts by Mike Natalizio:

Is Social Media the New Frontier of Benefits Communication?

ANDREA TARRELL
Marketing Coordinator

Social media is a hot topic on anyone’s list these days. But would you trust Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to get information about your health care needs?  A third of healthcare consumers in the United States report they regularly do this, according to a recent study by the PwC Health Research Institute.  

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing HR / Employee Benefits

Changing Employee Behavior: Are Your People Getting the Message?

Chad Tisonik
Vice President & Advisory Practice Leader, HNI

Is your workforce getting mixed messages? If so, it could be the difference between being in the red or in the black.

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

The Health Crisis in the Trucking Industry

Topics: Transportation

Goodwill Recognized for Innovative Benefits Strategy

We’re proud to congratulate Goodwill of North Central Wisconsin for being recognized with the “Most Innovative Health & Benefits Plan” award by the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism!  This is a huge (and well deserved) honor.  Other companies recognized by the Institute (in other award categories) include large companies like Whole Foods, GE, Boeing and Chick-Fil-A. 

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing HR / Employee Benefits

Top 10 Blogs of 2011 [And What's to Come in 2012?]

As we enter a new year, we thought it would be fun to go back and look over our blogs from 2011.  As your business partner, we try to keep up with the most relevant topics, news, and legislative updates that you are dealing with.  The following is a list of the top 10 most read posts of the past year!

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

The 25 Most-Hacked Passwords of 2011

As more and more transactions move online, cyber liability is an issue of growing concern for businesses.  The good news here is that most data and privacy breaches are preventable; simple things like creating strong passwords can go a long way toward protecting your company’s  information.  While we’ve all heard the criteria for strong passwords, those of us still using “password” as the access code to our accounts aren't contributing much to fighting the cybersecurity battle.

A software firm called SplashData analyzed millions of stolen password posted in online hacker forums over the last year.  From this data, the company compiled a list of the 25 most-hacked passwords of 2011.  

Many of the easiest to hack passwords were sequences of numbers or patterns based on the layout of the keyboard. Common names like “ashley” and “michael” also made the list.  If your password happens to be among these, it’s time to change it!

The top 25 most-hacked passwords in 2011 were:

  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • 1234567
  • letmein
  • trustno1
  • dragon
  • baseball
  • 111111
  • iloveyou
  • master
  • sunshine
  • ashley
  • bailey
  • passw0rd
  • shadow
  • 123123
  • 654321
  • superman
  • qazwsx
  • michael
  • football

If data security is a concern for your business (hint: it should be), it might be time to remind your employees what constitutes a strong password.  A "good" password is one that is easy to remember but difficult to guess. Some quick tips for creating a crack proof password are:

  1. Use 8 characters or more, and try to mix in letters, numbers and special characters.
  2. Steer clear of names of spouses, children, girlfriends/boyfriends or pets, and don't use phone numbers, Social Security numbers or birthdates.
  3. Try using a series of words to form a sentence – a longer password is harder to crack, and a sentence can be easier to remember than random strings of characters.
  4. Use the first letters of words and characters in a song lyric to form a password.  (for example, “O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain” would become “Ob,fss,fawog”)

Once you’ve come up with a solid password, safeguard it!  Many people write themselves reminder notes and stick them under their keyboard or mousepad – or worse, right on their monitor.

Cyber Liability on your mind?  Check out our free 3-page whitepaper on the 5 questions you should ask yourself to uncover your cyber risks and exposures.

 

[Download the Whitepaper] Managing People Risk: The Human Side of the Equation

Are you Captivated?

ART JOSETTI
Account Executive

Companies both large and small are struggling to manage the cost of traditional insurance.  Many business owners are now looking to captives as a possible solution.  Captives are certainly an option worth considering, but may not be a fit for all kinds of businesses.

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

What's YOUR ROI?

MIKE NATALIZIO
President & CEO

ROI is and has been the language of many business owners.  People want to know what they're getting out of their financial commitments, and they'll pay for what they can quantify. 

Topics: Construction Transportation Manufacturing

Data Shows Driver Shortage is Affecting 70% of Carriers

Transport Capital Partners publishes a Business Expectation Survey every quarter that takes a pulse on trends in the trucking industry.  Trucking executives from across the country are
interviewed on topics such as rate trends, future volume expectations, and interest in buying or selling firms in the future.  The 19-page document is packed with insights about the industry. [When this document is available to share, we'll post a link.] 

Topics: Transportation

Beware of the 2011 OSHA Top 10

CHAD TISONIK
Advisory Practice Leader & Associate VP

OSHA released its Top 10 Most Cited Violations of 2011 today at the National Safety Council’s annual conference. Construction grabbed three spots, including #1 and #2 on the list.  The remainder of the most cited violations can be found in any industry. 

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing