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Anthem Data Breach Leaves Consumers More Open to Identity Theft

Michael Levin – an Account Executive at The Dowd Agencies spoke to The Berkshire Eagle about the importance of having data breach liability insurance.

PITTSFIELD >> While last week’s data breach at Anthem Health Care conjured up memories of recent attacks on Target or Home Depot, experts say this case could have more serious consequences for consumers.

While the Anthem thieves reportedly did not receive credit card data, they did receive Social Security numbers and other personal information, which… Continue reading →

Cathy Sypek Earns The ‘Professional Plan Consultant’ Credential

Recent regulatory changes to the qualified retirement plan industry have sparked an urgency to ensure retirement plan service professionals have specialized training and resources. These initiatives help plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations in addition to providing a means of documenting that prudent practices are being followed in the management of an employee-sponsored plan. Accredited Professional Plan Consultants (PPC) demonstrate a high level of knowledge with regard to these issues and have the ability to provide plan sponsors with the… Continue reading →

Wayne Kapinos Appointed as an Account Executive

The Dowd Insurance Agencies announced the appointment of Wayne M. Kapinos as an account executive at The Dowd Insurance Agencies. Kapinos will be based in the Holyoke office.

“With almost a decade of experience as a licensed insurance broker, Wayne brings expertise to a number of our market segments, including the construction industry, franchise businesses and workers’ compensation,” said John E. Dowd, Jr. president and CEO of The Dowd Insurance Agencies. “We are thrilled to have Wayne as a part… Continue reading →

Are You Protected Against Cyber Theft?

If the Answer Is ‘No,’ the Consequences Could Be Costly


By MICHAEL LEVIN

When it comes to cyber security and data breaches, no system is infallible. Some of the largest companies in the world have been victims of data breaches.  Recently, the Swansea, Mass. Police Department contracted the CrytoLocker computer virus, and paid ransom to gain access to their files.

While large breaches like those at Target, Neiman Marcus, and Yahoo! receive great media attention, smaller breaches occur daily… Continue reading →