If you are an insurance advisor you know just how crucial it is to keep client information confidential. Whether you work for an insurance company or with a managing general agency, you are no doubt aware of the hazards that exist should your client information make its way into the wrong hands – or any hands other than yours for that matter! Client confidentiality should be one of your top priorities, so when you are thinking about switching to a managing general agency it is important to know where they stand and what they do to help you keep your clients’ information confidential.
Let’s look at an example of how client confidentiality can be breached. You’ve been working hard with a new client, working with your managing general agent and finding the client the best deal. They have purchased a product, given you all of their information (which of course includes all of their medical and financial data). You keep it all on your personal laptop, and back it up regularly. Unfortunately (and it is common knowledge that laptop theft is a real issue) that laptop gets stolen. Although you still have all of that information on that back-up zip drive – now the thief has it too!
In this case, an experienced computer hacker will have no problem getting through your password protection and getting access to all of those credit card numbers, bank account numbers, social insurance numbers, etc. that your client provided to you in confidence. Clearly that phone call is going to be an awkward one…
So how will working with a managing general agent help protect you from this threat? By providing the most up-to-date software and training, your managing general agent will be able to provide you with the tools you need to keep this from happening. For example, does your managing general agency enable you to host your data on a secure network? This is a huge asset to an independent insurance agent who may not have their own resources to set up a secured network for this purchase.
Not only should your managing general agency be able to provide you with the tools you need to keep client information where it belongs, by offering seminars and coaching sessions, your managing general agent can teach you the methods that their years of experience have garnered.
Working with a managing general agency often offers you far more freedom and independence than working for an insurance company. Great benefits, clients vested to you immediately, and the ability to offer top-notch service are just some of the things that come with working with the right managing general agency. Confidentiality is another important benefit. Taking advantage of the expertise and technology offered by the right managing general agency will allow you to take advantage of their experience and help keep you out of court and your reputation intact.
For more information about how to tackle confidentiality while working with a managing general agency please contact Gary Mandel at Independent Financial Concepts Group at 416-849-1653 or visit www.joinifcg.com.