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Virtual Academy

By  Halie Gallik | 4/13/2021 8:00 am

Public Entity Partners provides a subscription supplement for Virtual Academy for law enforcement-specific online training. Virtual Academy provides high-quality, engaging training with nationally recognized experts, and the platform allows law enforcement agencies to easily manage, track and create training records and department files.

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2021 Cybersecurity Spring Cleaning Checklist

By  Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair | 4/12/2021 1:40 pm

Spring is not just a good time for cleaning your house or apartment, it’s also a good time to clean up your technology and cyber footprint. Throughout the year, especially around the holidays and during tax season, you extend your cyber footprint by paying bills, shopping, using social media, and many other digital activities whether for business or pleasure. Spring cleaning your space is meant to improve the air quality after having it closed up all winter, and cleaning can improve your mood and remove a year’s worth of clutter. Cleaning your technology and cyber footprint can do the same thing; it removes clutter from your life while at the same time protecting you and your loved ones.

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What You Need to Know About Ransomware

By  Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair | 4/12/2021 1:30 pm

Ransomware is a growing and expensive problem. In 2019, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) observed a 153% increase in the number of reported state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government ransomware attacks from the previous year. Many of these incidents resulted in significant network downtime, delayed services to constituents, and costly remediation efforts.

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Tennessee Sports Concussion Law

By  Chester Darden | 4/12/2021 8:00 am

With spring and summer sports underway, now is the time for a refresher on the Tennessee Sports Concussion Law. If your organization sponsors youth athletic activities, you should familiarize yourself with the Tennessee Sports Concussion Law and the requirements under that law. These requirements include annual training and how to respond when a youth athlete appears to have suffered a concussion during a game or at practice.

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2021 Risk & Insurance Symposium – Commitment to Safety

By  Heather Hughes | 4/12/2021 8:00 am

Please save the date for the 2021 Risk & Insurance Symposium, scheduled for August 25 - 27 at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin. This three-day, in-person educational and networking event will provide attendees with courses aimed at local government risk management and touch on emerging risk exposures.

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Message From the President - March 2020

By  Michael Fann | 3/5/2021 8:00 am

Last week, the Public Entity Partners Board of Directors met to deliberate on rate changes for FY 2022, as well as consideration of a dividend declaration. We are happy to share with you that our Board of Directors declared a $7,500,000 dividend to be returned to eligible members on renewal invoices.

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March Partnering for Success Webinar

By  Halie Gallik | 3/4/2021 8:00 am

If your organization operates a water or wastewater collection system, having a sewer backup prevention and response plan is critical to your risk management efforts. Please take time to register for the upcoming webinar, “Managing Sewer Backup and Overflow Claims,” on March 31 at 1:30 p.m. CST / 2:30 EST.

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Four Steps for Creating an Effective Sewer Backup and Overflow Prevention Program

By  Halie Gallik | 3/3/2021 8:00 pm

It’s an unfortunate reality that, from time to time, entities that operate sewer systems will experience a backup or overflow event. When this happens, do your employees and elected officials know how to respond? Do you know who is responsible for property damage? And do you understand what liability coverage is in place to protect your entity from lawsuits or claims? Four key steps can help you create an effective backup and overflow prevention program, and manage the liability associated with your sewer system.

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Member Benefit: Property Valuations

By  Halie Gallik | 3/3/2021 8:00 pm

One of the member services Public Entity Partners provides is a comprehensive property valuation on a rotating four-year schedule. This service includes a description, a detail on building construction type, flood plain information, and a replacement cost and actual cash value for each location. Whether you are insuring water treatment plants, traffic signals, ball field lighting, or a library — we want to help ensure you have sufficient property coverage in place to rebuild important services that make a difference in your community.

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Water & Wastewater Cyberattacks: A Case Study

By  Halie Gallik | 3/3/2021 8:00 pm

On Feb. 5, 2021, unidentified cyber actors obtained unauthorized access, on two separate occasions, approximately five hours apart, to the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system used at a municipal water treatment plant in Florida. The unidentified actors accessed the SCADA system’s software and raised the amount of sodium hydroxide, a caustic chemical, being used as part of the water treatment process.

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