On Tuesday, August 4, a catastrophic explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Initial reports point to Ammonium Nitrate being stored in a portside warehouse as the cause of this devastating event. Many questions remain as the investigation into this explosion commences.
As we enter Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, past technologies used in the manufacturing or production infrastructure, called SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), are being merged with technologies, called Internet of Things (IoT), to enhance the ability of control and augmentation of the production environment.
Major data breaches occur quite frequently, where thousands, sometimes millions, of people’s credentials and data are compromised. With privacy laws evolving, organizations are heavily focused on perimeter security, the secured boundary between the private and public side of a network, and keeping hackers out of the company’s private network and away from their assets. Though, many organizations continue to lack awareness and internal controls required to protect themselves from potential damage caused by its very own people.
The desert southwest, including California and Arizona have been hit with a blazing wildfire, and for Arizona in particular, it's the seventh-largest in history. As of early June, the fires have burned nearly 90,000 acres, displaced thousands, and it isn’t stopping any time soon. Wildfire season is always dangerous, and it’s important for residents to take the necessary safety precautions and stay informed.
Across the United States, vehicle fires occur daily. Passenger vehicles, heavy commercial trucks and heavy construction equipment all have the necessary fuels and ignition sources available to cause a fire. Finding the origin and cause of the fire becomes the pivot point in determining what fuel and ignition source are in proximity to one another to have caused the fire.
Many questions have arisen regarding the survivability rates of the Covid-19 virus and how does it compare to other pandemic causing viruses. Envista's environmental scientist and industrial hygienists collected and analyzed data of other coronoaviruses that have affected humans (MERS-CoV, HCoV, SARS-CoV) as well as animal coronaviruses (TGEV and MHV). Check out our infographic to see our findings.
This year more than ever, our front line maritime workers keep vital supplies and cargo moving, despite the challenges presented by the current pandemic. Our Ports have remained open and operational throughout this period, barges have continued to move up and down our inland waterways, and our ferries have continued to carry passengers and vehicles. The Marine Practice at Envista Forensics wants to extend our thanks and gratitude to the U.S. Merchant Marine and all marine workers on National Maritime Day 2020.
With available technology today, there are more sources of data than ever before. As the contents of digital evidence evolves, so too does our responsibility for ensuring that this evidence is quickly acquired and preserved by qualified forensic examiners. In cases such as harassment, it is important to understand the various types of sources to present investigators for the analysis of preserved data.
During this unprecedented time, various contractors have canceled or delayed construction projects, furloughed or laid off workers, and applied for aid under protection programs. All devastating but necessary steps to continue business. Due to these extensive measures, the construction industry has encountered various risks and impacts during COVID-19, many of which it will see for months to come.
In acknowledgement of International Firefighters’ Day, we wanted to acknowledge the many current firefighters that work for us, as several of our investigators are also still part of active fire or police administration. However, our thanks extend well beyond our current employees – to all of the frontline workers who are risking their lives to keep our world safe and return us back to normalcy. To the healthcare workers and first responders, to the men and women delivering mail, to those stocking grocery store shelves or keeping our gas stations open, and all others fighting for us day in and day out, thank you for all you do. We cannot do this without you.
It is likely that most facilities will have performed a controlled shutdown of their building and equipment, but others may have had to expedite shutdown procedures and stop processes in step. This may result in more difficulties when it comes time to restart equipment. As these issues rise to the level of submitting an insurance claim, it will be necessary to be able to properly identify the cause as a result of either normal wear and tear, an excessive idle period, a lack of preventive maintenance, or a deviation from typical operating procedures.
Phishing emails are a common form of Social Engineering utilized by cybercriminals to trick you into handing over personal information about yourself or sensitive information about your company. These phishing emails are designed to look like legitimate emails from a business or colleague, but in fact, they are from bad actor trying to get you to perform an action like clicking a link, giving away your password or downloading an attachment that infects your computer with a virus, malware or even ransomware.
Unplanned shutdowns can cause significant issues with critical equipment such as computer servers, machinery, HVAC equipment and motors unless they are maintained properly. Read more in-depth on the two most common issues facing equipment--reduced maintenance and reduced staffing. Get some tips, on preventing possible failures when systems once again become fully operational.
As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the globe have been forced to drastically adjust or halt their normal business operations. For businesses that rely on critical data systems and software processing devices, the ramifications of an extended downtime can be catastrophic. We will explore the four most common data processing equipment and system failures that insurance claim professionals and business owners are likely to experience following this unexpected and extended period of interrupted business operations.
Unplanned shutdowns can cause significant issues with critical equipment such as computer servers, machinery, HVAC equipment and motors unless they are maintained properly. Even with normal exercising and preventative maintenance it's possible that when equipment and systems are brought back online, they may not function properly. Read more on the following types of equipment most likely to experience dramatic or catastrophic issues when facilities return to normal business, and what to do about it.
With the daily changing developments of COVID-19 and its impact on the world around us, the construction industry is feeling the effects of mandatory closures of non-essential businesses, measures to prevent and reduce the spread of the virus, and the resulting reduction in material, equipment, and labour resources.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the global maritime industry has been severely impacted from the beginning. As nations continue to grapple with containing the virus and flattening the curve of infections within their borders, the global marine sector struggles to maintain critical shipping, transport, shipbuilding, and repair operations.
As businesses and insurers are working to manage the constantly evolving threats and challenges posed by this pandemic, we’ve developed a hypothetical case scenario that illustrates the various factors at play for global manufacturing companies around the world which we hope may be of some assistance as we all begin to handle these complex and unprecedented losses:
With government powers and the attention of the world focused on the coronavirus pandemic, cybercriminals are presented with new opportunities for the exploitation of businesses around the globe with their own strain of virus. Cybercriminal activity is at a high with a mass global workforce working from home. Follow these four quick tips to help avoid cybercriminal attacks during this vulnerable time.
If you work in construction, design high-rise buildings, or insure them, you’ve probably experienced an incident occurring on a construction site that was nearly finished. All too often building construction sites experience damages and losses due to water leakage. When assessing water damages in large structures and high-rise buildings there are three common factors that should be considered. Understanding the factors surrounding water damage losses can help you formulate the right questions to potentially prevent losses from occurring.