Adam Jacobson

Adam Jacobson is associate editor of Risk Management.

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Legal Requirements for COVID-Related Disabilities

February 1, 2022

COVID conditions can now be considered a disability requiring accommodation.

Weather Disasters Caused Billions in Losses in 2021

February 1, 2022

Natural catastrophes caused hundreds of billions of dollars in losses worldwide in 2021, with nearly half occurring in the United States.

Year In Risk 2021

December 1, 2021

Our annual review of the top risk-related events highlights the challenges risk professionals faced in 2021, and some that will continue into the new year.

How Are Companies Mitigating Climate Risks?

December 1, 2021

Business leaders are looking for ways to mitigate the effects of climate change.

COVID-19 Pandemic Timeline 2021

December 1, 2021

The most important risk events related to the pandemic in 2021.

21% of Businesses Have Concealed Cyberattacks

November 1, 2021

Companies and business leaders have concealed suffering cyberattacks to prevent reputational damage.

Evacuating Employees from Political Unrest

October 1, 2021

As political instability rises, companies must prepare for unique safety challenges.

Business Leaders Strained from Pandemic Work

October 1, 2021

Small-to-medium business leaders reported working longer hours and feeling more pressure since the pandemic began.

Business Travel Projected to Rebound By 2022

September 1, 2021

Business travel spending could soon significantly recover from the drastic reduction caused by the pandemic.

Pandemic Sparks Rise in Global Political Risk

September 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a rise in global political risks that will likely continue into 2022.

Managing Talent Risks in a Tightening Labor Market

August 2, 2021

As industries start to recover from the pandemic and return to workplaces, some employees are not coming back. How do businesses manage the risks of this worker shortage and exodus?

Companies Overconfident in Cybersecurity Readiness

August 2, 2021

Despite confidence in their cybersecurity preparation and tools, many companies also experienced costly cyberattacks.

Most U.S. Companies to Require Vaccinations

June 1, 2021

Most U.S. companies said they would require employees to get vaccinated to come back to the office.

Risks to Employers in the Growing Gig Economy

May 3, 2021

Classification of gig workers has sparked a complex global patchwork of regulations.

Risk Professionals Optimistic About Careers

May 3, 2021

While many risk managers feel pushed to do more in their current jobs, they also feel optimistic about their future career opportunities.

Extreme Winter Weather Causes Texas Risk Crises

April 1, 2021

Extreme weather caused blackouts, supply chain disruptions and deaths across Texas.

COVID Prompts Greater Focus on Security

April 1, 2021

Security and facility managers said that the pandemic increased the importance of physical security.

Facing Customers Who Refuse to Wear Masks

March 1, 2021

Clear policies and employee training are critical to address violence over mask use.

ESG Challenges Becoming More Urgent in 2021

March 1, 2021

The ESG challenges companies faced in 2020 will likely continue as top risks in 2021.

Technology Risks Lead Long-Term Executive Concerns

March 1, 2021

According to executives, the most urgent risks for 2030 relate to technology and operational risk.

Defusing Political Conflict in the Workplace

February 1, 2021

Political disagreements in the workplace can threaten office cohesion and productivity.

COVID Closures More Likely to Impact Women in Business

February 1, 2021

Women were more likely to be impacted by shutdowns because they were more likely to operate “non-essential” businesses and face increased domestic responsibilities.

Half of Companies Suffer Cloud Security Incidents

February 1, 2021

Security challenges have made cloud storage less popular with businesses.

Year in Risk 2020

December 1, 2020

COVID-19 dominated headlines and redefined the risk landscape, but a host of other notable events also shaped 2020 and underscored the critical role of risk professionals this year.

Cyber Insurance Adoption Rises

December 1, 2020

More risk professionals report carrying cyber insurance, filing claims and being satisfied with their coverage.

Companies Struggling with Third-Party Cyberrisk

November 2, 2020

The vast majority of American companies reported experiencing a data breach in the past year because of a weakness in their supply chain.

Businesses Unsure About Reopening

October 1, 2020

Many business leaders have not set a date for reopening, and most say that the availability of a vaccine would not affect their decision.

Employee Social Media Use Poses Cyberthreat

October 1, 2020

More than half of business owners think employees' social media use poses a cybersecurity threat.

Fraud Increasing Amid COVID-19

September 1, 2020

Fraud examiners say that the pandemic has caused fraud to increase and made their jobs harder.

Large Companies Unprepared for Climate Risk

August 3, 2020

A majority of companies said they are not fully prepared for the financial impact of a changing climate.

Natural Disaster Planning During COVID-19

June 1, 2020

Already weathering one disaster, businesses must now prepare for hurricane season.

Ransomware Attacks on Public Sector Decrease

June 1, 2020

Ransomware attacks on public sector targets decreased significantly in the first quarter of 2020.

The Benefits and Risks of Telehealth Services

May 1, 2020

As telemedicine adoption increases, alleviating pressure on medical systems, it also poses risks.

Event Attendance Likely to Decline Post-Pandemic

May 1, 2020

Even after social distancing restrictions are relaxed, people still may not feel comfortable attending events.

Operational Risks in the Cannabis Industry

April 1, 2020

As the cannabis industry grows, businesses face critical risk management challenges.

Public Sector Unprepared for Ransomware Attacks

April 1, 2020

Public sector employees expressed concern about ransomware attacks and expected in their communities to rise in 2020.

Notepad: Risk in Review – April 2020

April 1, 2020

Insurance giants merge, Wells Fargo fined, tornadoes devastate Tennessee, and more.

The Risks of School Surveillance Technology

March 2, 2020

Tools like social media monitoring and facial recognition are creating new liabilities for schools.

Notepad: Risk in Review – March 2020

March 2, 2020

Coronavirus spreads, Facebook fined over facial recognition, wildfires taint wine, and more.

Legal Risks of Doing Business in Conflict Zones

February 3, 2020

Companies that operate in conflict zones could find themselves liable for funding terrorism.

Fatal U.S. Work Injuries Increasing

February 3, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fatal work injuries increased in the United States from 2017 to 2018.

Year in Risk 2019

December 2, 2019

A look back at the most notable risk events of the past year shows how risk has evolved, and points to some challenges ahead for risk managers.

Enemy of the State: Ransomware Surges Against State and Local Governments

December 2, 2019

Ransomware attacks against cities present risks—and lessons—for risk professionals in all sectors.

Corporate Investigators See More, Costlier Cases

December 2, 2019

Internal corporate investigators expect the number and cost of investigations to increase.

Insurers Divest from Coal Over Climate Risks

November 1, 2019

Insurers are pulling coverage and investments related to the mining and use of coal.

Notepad: Risk in Review – November 2019

November 1, 2019

Japan typhoon losses, top travel firm collapses, capital cities on the move, and more.

Lloyd’s Discloses Employee Harassment Statistics

November 1, 2019

A survey of Lloyd's employees about sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior has prompted change.

Smart Home Devices and Privacy Risk

October 1, 2019

Smart home devices pose notable data privacy risks for consumers and businesses.

Gender Bias in Tech Interviews

October 1, 2019

More than half of women who applied for tech jobs had a negative experience or know a woman who has.

The Most Common Cyber Claim

October 1, 2019

Business email compromise became the most common incident in cyber insurance claims in 2018.

Notepad: Risk in Review – October 2019

October 1, 2019

Hurricane Dorian losses, CEOs advocate for gun control, measles eradication status, and more.

Notepad: Risk in Review – September 2019

September 3, 2019

Tesla’s safety claims scrutinized, Capital One hacked, global food supply at risk, and more.

Confronting Workplace Bias

September 3, 2019

Even at companies fostering inclusive workplaces, employees report that they still regularly experience bias.

The Risks of Pregnancy-Tracking Apps

August 1, 2019

While pregnancy apps offer some useful benefits, they also raise serious privacy concerns and liability risks.

Climate Risk Planning Neglect

August 1, 2019

While many leaders expect significant business impacts from climate change, actual preparation lags.

Key Steps for Surviving a Corporate Crisis

August 1, 2019

Companies that have successfully weathered crises took these critical steps to protect themselves before and after the event.

Notepad: Risk in Review – July/August 2019

August 1, 2019

Earthquakes rock California, insurers phase out coal, ransomware wave crashes cities, and more.

Preparing Employees for Travel Risks

June 1, 2019

Recent violence in Northern Ireland illustrates the need to prepare for risk in any destination.

UK Cybersecurity Office Warns Against Weak Passwords

June 1, 2019

The National Cyber Security Centre offered password security insights after interviews with more than 2,500 members of the public.