The topics dominating headlines this edition include new studies exposing business security gaps, continued ransomware attacks, evolving news related to the Champlain Towers collapse, a change to mask mandates in California, and more.
Ongoing | Live Updates related to the Champlain Towers collapse
Since the June 24, 2021 collapse of Champlain Towers in Surfside, FL, there have been daily updates surrounding search efforts, structural challenges, and the race against tropical storm Elsa. As the story continues, CNN has been providing live updates. Follow them here.
Mon, June 21 | Hotels receive partial win against insurers in $100M COVID case
The Superior Court for the State of New Hampshire granted a partial win for Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels against eight insurance companies that denied claims related to damages caused to several of the brand’s hotels during the pandemic. Read the full story on PropertyCasualty360.
Mon, June 21 | Cal/OSHA Ends Masks for Vaccinated Workers
In a response to changes made in federal COVID-19 policies, California is the latest in a string of states scaling back its extensive workplace mask requirements. The change allows vaccinated workers to forgo facemasks if they have documentation of vaccination. Read more on EHS Today.
Tue, June 22 | Amazon Continues Its Bold Expansion Into Healthcare, As AWS Launches A New Healthcare Accelerator
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of the AWS Healthcare Accelerator program, “a four-week technical, business, and mentorship accelerator opportunity open to U.S.-based healthcare startups or international healthcare startups that have existing U.S. operations.” Read more on Forbes.
Thu, June 24 | Insurance unemployment rises to 2.5% in May
As overall US unemployment decreased to 5.8% in May, the rate among insurance and related businesses saw a slight month-over-month increase to 2.5%, according to a report from The Jacobson Group. Read more on PropertyCasualty360
Thu, June 24 | Pfizer says COVID vaccine is highly effective against Delta variant
According to Pfizer's medical director in Israel, “the Pfizer-BioNTech >PFE.N< vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant of COVID-19.” Other studies of the Pfizer vaccine have also shown its effectiveness against the latest variant dominating headlines. Read more on Reuters.
Fri, June 25 | Impacts of supply chain resilience issues highlighted in Global Supply Chain Report
According to a new international survey, the Interos Annual Global Supply Chain Report, global supply chain disruptions cost large companies on average $184 million a year. Continue reading on Continuity Central.
Tue, June 29 | UPS Healthcare Partners with THREAD to Deliver First Decentralized Clinical Trial Platform
UPS Healthcare announced a new partnership with THREAD, a clinical trial technology provider, to bring the “first ever, unified, decentralized clinical trial solution into patients' homes.” Read more on Yahoo Finance.
Tue, June 29 | Unraveling the mystery of the Miami building collapse
In the wake of the Champlain Towers South collapse, “determining liability and insurance coverage could take years to unravel” with litigation likely to take 10+ years to resolve. Read more on PropertyCasualty360.
Tue, June 29 | Canada sets new all-time heat record of 121 degrees amid unprecedented heat wave
The record-hitting heatwave that hit the Pacific Northwest obliterated “long-standing records in both the US and Canada,” with the British Columbia village of Lytonn setting the country’s record with a high of 121°F. Read more on The Washington Post.
Thu, June 29 | Workers Should Still Wear Masks in the Workplace, Survey Finds
Despite states rolling back mask mandates amid loosening federal restrictions, a majority of US adults surveyed say that employees, even fully vaccinated ones, should continue to wear face masks at work. Learn more on EHS Today.
Thu, July 1 | U.S. House approves $715 bln infrastructure bill
The US House of Representatives approved a $715 billion surface transportation and water infrastructure bill. The bill authorized “additional spending for roads, bridges, highway safety, electric vehicle charging stations, rail, transit, drinking, and water infrastructure.” Read more on Reuters.
Fri, July 2 | EEO-1 Filing Deadline Is Now Aug. 23
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has pushed back its July 19 deadline for employers to submit and certify 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data to August 23. Learn more on EHS Today.
As the trend in cyber and ransomware attacks continues, cybersecurity-related news will be grouped in future editions of The Roundup and reach outside of our two-week headline window.
Tue, June 22 | Study explores security gaps linked to BYOD initiatives
Findings from the 2021 BYOD Security report exposed organization-wide risks “associated with the rapid adoption of unmanaged personal devices connecting to work-related resources (BYOD).” Read more on Continuity Central.
Fri, June 25 | The first major AI-driven global cyber attack will occur in the next 12 months: survey
According to a new report released by Deep Instinct, in a survey of 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals, “more than half of the survey respondents noted ransomware or zero-day attacks as the biggest threats to their organization.” Continue reading on Continuity Central.
Mon, June 28 | Report estimates major cyberattack could cost more than recovering from natural disasters
A report released by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and insurance group Intangic found that “the cost of a major cyberattack on a critical major U.S. utility or service provider could equate to that of a natural disaster such as a hurricane.” Read more on The Hill.
Tue, June 29 | LinkedIn breach reportedly exposes data of 92% of users, including inferred salaries
A second “massive” LinkedIn breach has reportedly exposed the data of 700 million users and is now for sale on the dark web. The exposed data includes “phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation data, and inferred salaries.” Read more on 9 to 5 Mac.
Sun, July 4 | CISA-FBI Guidance for MSPs and their Customers Affected by the Kaseya VSA Supply-Chain Ransomware Attack
With ransomware attacks continuing to leverage vulnerabilities in the global supply chain, the CISA and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released guidance for managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers. Continue reading on the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency site.